LPGA International comes to Busan
New golf course is yet another gorgeous spot to enjoy the sport
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In March of last year, Busan signed a contract with the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) to bring the organization's first international property to Korea. Now, some of the biggest names in golf, including In Bee Park and Sung Hyun Park, will be coming to one of Asia's best golf towns to showcase their skills in style. The arrival of the LPGA cements Busan as a true city of golf, one that is both professional and incredibly scenic. Take a deeper look into the LPGA and other courses that Busan has to offer.
The LPGA International Busan, formerly the Asiad Country Club, will be home to the inaugural BMW Ladies Championship, which will be played from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27. Construction on the new club has begun and is being led by world-renowned designer Rees Jones. Jones has developed 87 golf courses in the United States and 100 worldwide, including the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Sponsoring the BMW Ladies Championship is BMW Korea, which will be working with the LPGA as tournament chair and organizer. The LPGA International Busan expects to become one of the world's most highly-regarded golf courses that will attract players from around the world. Currently, the club holds the rights to host the BMW Ladies Championship for three years, which is certainly something that should attract avid golfers.
All golf courses of the LPGA International Busan will be shut down until April 19, with some continued closures from April 20 to May 19. However, golfers can begin experiencing the newly-renovated club on May 20. Due to the BMW Ladies Championship, the LPGA International Busan will be closed from October 7 to Oct. 28.
■Busan's beautiful golf courses
There are other golf clubs in Busan, too. The Gijang Dongwon Royal Country Club is in Manhwa-ri (neighborhood), Gijang-eup (district). It is a seaside club that has wonderful ocean views.
Bayside Golf Club near Ilgwang Beach is another venue. In 2015, the club won hosted that year's championship of the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Haeundae Beach Golf Resort in the Daebyeonhang Port area opened in 2014. The resort is Busan's first eco-friendly club.
Stone Game Country Club in Gijang opened in September 2018. The 16th hole, which allows for a shot towards the vast East Sea, is hailed by golfers as the signature experience of the day.
Haeundae Country Club: Byeongsan-ri, Jeonggwan-eup, Gijang-gun (county); 051-726-8000
Dongpusan Country Club: Maegok-dong (neighborhood), Yangsan-si; 055-388-1315
The Golf Club: Seosaeng-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si; 052-240-0100
A-One Country Club: Maegok-dong, Yangsan-si; 055-371-3500