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LPGA KEB HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Incheon, South Korea
Oct 12-15
Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course
Incheon, South Korea
  • Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points
  • Format: 72 holes
  • Purse: $2,000,000
  • Par: 72
  • History: This event began in 2001. The event was cancelled that year due to military action by the U.S. and its allies.
  • Yardage: 6,316

In 2017, KLPGA player Jin Young Ko overcame a nervous start and held off the formidable challenge of Rolex Rankings World No. 2 Sung Hyun Park to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory by two shots at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Hole Description

Hole01
The first hole of Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course is a par 4 hole with a wide landing area and green with mild inclination. Players can enjoy an easy game if they land their tee shot near the fairway bunker on the right. The key of scoring par is to avoid the waste bunkers widely spread along the course. This hole provides a good opportunity to make a great start.
Hole02
This par 4 hole is reachable in two if played with strong tee shot over inclining fairway, leaving only a short iron approach. Players should be careful about the fairway bunker placed on the left. A long approach shot will trap players' ball in the chipping area behind the green.
Hole03
Key to this par 3 hole is the distance control. Players should carefully measure the length and width of the green before their tee shots. A lake next to the green can pressure players to hit their ball on to small pot bunker behind the green or on chipping area. Approaching the ball to the left side would be a safe play for 2 putt par.
Hole04
This is a short, yet somewhat challenging, par 4 hole. To secure the front or center of the putting area, players should make their tee shot over the fairway bunker on the right. Tee shot near the waste bunker boundary should help the players aiming for the back half of the putting surface. Players should be aware of the hollow and bunker around the green.
Hole05
Dramatic inclination, the beautiful waterfall and creek of 5th hole offer players various challenges. With wind blowing on the right direction, players should try to hit their tee shot over the bunker in front of fairway to reach green in 2 shots. To play safe, aim for the right side of the fairway. 2nd shot over the fairway bunker will allow players to easily reach to the putting surface.
Hole06
This hole running along the valley offers a classic risk and reward game. Players can either play a safe tee shot to left and aim for a long approach shot or boldly aim for a shot over the lake to the right. Players who took the risk should be rewarded with easier shot to green with short iron approach or wedge. A Wide fairway, big putting surface and dramatic tee shot should make this hole more challenging and entertaining.
Hole07
The 7th hole is the most unique par 5 hole of the Ocean course. A concave landing area will attract tee shots to this area. Players should place their 2nd shots on the right or left side of next fairway depending on which half of the putting surface they want to aim. However, the first landing area placed on the hillside would tempt players to try a dramatic drop to reach green in 2 hits.
Hole08
This is a par 3 hole with an attractive pin position on the large green and a smooth approach. A gentle shot near the pin or rolling shot along the ridge on the right side of the green will offer a chance to score a birdie. Players should however be careful about the bunker and chipping hollow around the green.
Hole09
The dramatically declining 9th hole offers great view across the largest lake of Sky 72 Golf Course. Players should aim near the bunker on the right side of fairway to avoid bunkers and hollows on the left side. The key strategy of this hole is to make an accurate approach shot avoiding the lake and bunker surrounding the putting surface.
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