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The Club at Nine Bridges, host of the 8th World Club Championship, welcomes GOLF Magazine Top 100 Courses in the World Panelists

May 4, 2011

Jeju Island, South Korea -The Club at Nine Bridges, ranked #55 in the world on GOLF Magazine's Top 100 list, will host the 8th World Club Championship May 16-20, 2011. At the same time, Nine Bridges will welcome GOLF Magazine Top 100 Panelists from all around the world.

GOLF Magazine panelists consist of architects, tour players, historians and connoisseurs of the game, who vote on the Top 100 Courses in the World every two years. The vote is independent and confidential. With 37,000 golf courses in the world, to be acknowledged is the pinnacle of the industry.

More than 7 million people read GOLF Magazine every month and it is the most widely read golf publication in the world. Since the opening of Nine Bridges, 29 of the 106 GOLF Magazine panel members have visited and played Nine Bridges, some on several occasions. It is very important to have the panel revisit the course to experience changes and upgrades that every year great course makes. Since first being ranked in 2005, Nine Bridges has made changes to the following holes: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17.

The GOLF Magazine panelists who have visited Nine Bridges are always surprised at the quality of the maintenance. Panelist Terry Jastrow, an Emmy award winning television producer of over 70 major championships, compares the maintenance quality level to that of Augusta National.

Panelist Gordon Dalgliesh remarked after visiting and playing the course that he remembers every hole, every shot and every round he has played at Nine Bridges, which is a true measure of the quality and standard of a golf course. Panelist Jim Keegan, states it is simply the best in Asia by a long way.

Tom Crow, a long time leader in the golf industry and founder of Cobra Golf Company, has won Championships around the world in a 60 year career in golf. He says of Nine Bridges, it is a magical place and one of my favorite courses in the world.

The World Club Championship is one of the most coveted amateur events in golf and is often compared to the Walker Cup and Ryder Cup. The Rules of Golf, as adopted by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, govern play. In order to receive an invitation to this prestigious tournament, Clubs must have appeared on GOLF Magazine's 2009 list of the Top 100 Courses in the World. For 2011, twenty clubs from fifteen countries will participate for the Jay Lee Trophy.

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