Jade Palace

Amongst many challenging design commissions undertaken by James Wilcher, this project was noteworthy for the fact that the site was particularly steep, covered in snow at various times throughout the winter and almost entirely solid rock. It was therefore critical to the success of the project that firstly, the earthworks were kept to a minimum, and secondly that they be balanced internally to minimise earthwork costs.

This was achieved without compromising the quality of the golf course. In fact, the natural rock form was left exposed in various locations to visually enhance the course and as such bears testament to the advantages of working with the natural attributes of a site rather than against them.

On opening, membership of this exclusive private golf course was restricted to 300. It was quickly fully subscribed despite the $US 2 million joining fee, which set a new benchmark in the Korean market.

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