The Club at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in South Korea is hosting the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges for the second year in 2018, and there’s a lot of talk about the golf course found on the Korean volcanic island equivalent of Maui.
This private club has a super-exclusive membership, so it’s particularly intriguing the club has been opened up to the PGA Tour and the world for this event which features a 78-player field with no cut and a $9.5 million purse. Ronald Fream and David Dale designed the course, which has been largely well-received since opening in 2001.
However, the quibbling with Nine Bridges has less to do with the golf course than its actual name. There aren’t nine bridges at The Club at Nine Bridges. There are only eight physical bridges at the club. The ninth bridge is, according to the club, metaphorical. What the metaphor is, we’re not sure. Maybe the club isn’t either, though they claim the bridge connects the club to its members and guests. Sure.
Then again, with a price tag of $100 million to construct the 36-hole facility, the CJ Group — founded by a grandson of the architect of the Samsung technology company — can pretty much say whatever they want about their club that’s largely regarded as the best in South Korea. (Really, all of Korea.) This is the only Korean golf course which consistently appears in the top 100 golf courses in the world lists.