Pyeongchang to open world-class golf courseTroon Golf, a U.S.-based golf course development and management company, will construct its first golf course in Korea.
Together with Gangwondo Development Corp., the company will construct a 27-hole golf course in Pyeongchang, Gangwon province, which is bidding to host the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The course will be located in the Alpensia resort complex, which the Gangwon officials hope to use in their Winter Olympics bid. The resort will cover 495 hectares (1,223 acres), and aside from the golf course will include hotels and ski slopes, and facilities for ski jumping, biathlons and cross-country skiing.
Troon Golf currently manages 185 courses in 18 nations worldwide. Among the courses on its list are Scotland’s Westin Turnberry Resort, the site of the 2009 Open Championship, one of four major championships on the Professional Golfers Association Tour, and Phoenix Country Club in Japan, which has been an annual home to the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament since 1974.
“We will make sure to provide enough support for our new course in Alpensia to make it a world class venue,” said a spokesman with Troon Golf. “And we hope this project will open up opportunities to develop and manage other golf courses in Korea.”
by Yoo Jee-ho