Nine Bridges


Nine Bridges

  • Course Type

  • GOLF Top 100 World Rank (2023-24)

  • Year

  • Architects

    Ron Fream/David Dale
  • Par

  • Yardage


Course Overview

Nine Bridges’s appeal starts with its tranquil setting on Jeju island, with holes etched into pine-clad rolling topography in the shadows of Mount Halla, Korea’s tallest peak. Lakes, creeks and wooded slopes not only contribute to the beauty and variety but also are seamlessly integrated into the design. After a gentle opener, several of the course’s finest holes quickly present themselves. The Redan-like 2nd is arguably the course’s best par-3 and the long, bunker-strewn 3rd is an elite three-shotter. The stretch climaxes at 4, a dangerous uphiller, bending left where the tree-lined fairway narrows the nearer one gets to the perilous ravine that must be traversed on the approach. Be wary too of the uphill par-4 8th. Though potentially drivable, land contours and island winds make the skyline green an elusive target to hit and hold from any distance. When Nine Bridges hosts the PGA Tour’s CJ Cup, the professionals routinely praise both its challenge and presentation. (Photo: Courtesy Nine Bridges)

3 things to know

  • Hole everyone talks about

    The island-green 18th is arguably the most-photographed hole in Korea, and for good reason. It is a stunning land mass that presents a stiff challenge for any golfer who dares play the hole too agressiveley.
  • Best non-golf amenity

    The communal baths of Korea are an attraction that bring in tourists from far and wide. In Jeju, open-air, saltwater baths (both rarities for this part of the world) are particularly popular. It may feel strange at first to step into a bath next to a group of strangers, but as the saying goes, don’t knock it till you dip your toe in.
  • Insider tip

    Before your tee time, stop by Dongmum Traditional Market for a pre-round meal. Dongmum is Jeju Island’s largest and oldest permanent market, and its vendors sell everything from fresh meat and fish to local-only snacks. It’s absolutely worth a stop.