South Cape Owners Club: Top 100 Golf Resorts in the World
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Number of Rooms49 suites / 10 cliff houses
AmenitiesRock Garden / barefoot hiking trails / vintage wine collection / infinity pool
Number of courses1
Course designersKyle Phillips
What’s to be said about a golf course that offers ocean views from all 18 holes? That’s indeed the case at South Cape Owners Club, where, in 2013, Kyle Phillips created another of his international masterpieces. The effect is achievable due to the property’s location on a vast cliff, high above the Namhae Sea, near the south end of the Korean Peninsula. The South Cape Owners Club and its ever-hospitable South Cape Spa & Suite is the dream of Korean fashion designer JB Chung, who was told what he dreamt was impossible. Not for Mr. Chung. What resulted, both for golfers and non-golfing lovers of luxury, is a decadent experience sure to be at the top of many bucket lists. GOLF course ranking panelist Simon Holt offered praise not just for the course, but for the entire surreal immersion. This excerpt captures perfectly the decadent dual nature of what’s on offer at the Cape: “You then approach what was for me the highlight of the round. You exit the 15th green to see a sharp-edged, perfect triangular mound of grass and glass. Imagine the bow of the Titanic from the movie poster, with nothing but sky and sea behind it, but instead of the deck you have grass, and instead of the brass rail you have glass! As we walk closer, wooden steps lead underneath the grass, which is actually the roof of another incredible modern tea house. There are floor-to-ceiling glass walls inside with gorgeous and highly-polished wooden flooring. Some minimalist furniture sets a space-age tone in this little pitstop on the back nine. Lewis Capaldi is pumping out of the Sonos speakers; the structure we are in seems like we’ve entered a giant glass shell, keeping all the music in, and we all just stay quiet and admire the incredible view.”
A caddie-led group stretch on the first tee is the coolest way to loosen up before your round.
Semi-frozen persimmon fruit at the turn.
The ultra-modern Spa, with its blue, compacted-soil walls, is as visually stunning as it is relaxing.
3 things to know
Best time to goSpring and fall in South Korea are when warm and drier days are more predictable.
Best non-golf amenityOwner JB Chung’s favorite spot, the 5,000-square foot music library, complete with a Stradivarius violin and a vast collection of vintage vinyl.
Insider TipPay special attention the designer furniture and exquisite artwork in and around the resort. South Cape Owners is well known for its impeccable taste.