The Ananti Golf Resort
North Korea, Yeongdong, Sea of Japan, Kumgangsan
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Due to border closure between North and South Korea, The Ananti Kumgang Mountains is currently not operational until further notice.
The first and only luxury resort in North Korea, The Ananti enjoys a stunning coastal location on the eastern shore of the Korean Peninsula, bathed by the Sea of Japan. A short drive from the South Korean border, the resort is situated in the newly created Kumgangsan Tourist Region, specifically designed to welcome international tourism and only very recently opened to foreign travellers. Kumgangsan extends in a mountainous region, dominated by Mt. Kumgang, the second tallest mountain in the country at 5,300 feet, abd featuring a wide variety of dramatic stone formations, ravines, cliffs and peaks, interspersed by forests, rivers and lakes.
Spanning over 400 acres amidst this unique environment, The Ananti enjoys a scenic location on the shore of the East Sea. Run by the prestigious GHM Hotels group, based in Singapore, the resort offers five star accommodation, a lavish spa, natural hot springs and championship golf, in a magnificent region until only very recently banned to visitors.
The Ananti is a world class, very long championship golf course and the architects have made the most of the exceptional natural environment and mountain backdrop. Experienced caddies and two halfway houses contribute to enjoy a leisurely round on this unique course and unexpected golf destination, which should be combined with a stay in Seoul, South Korea, your gateway to the resort.
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Spanning over 400 acres amidst this unique environment, The Ananti enjoys a scenic location on the shore of Dong Hae - the East Sea. Run by the prestigious GHM Hotels group, based in Singapore, the resort offers five star accommodation, a lavish spa, natural hot springs and championship golf, in a magnificent region until only very recently banned to visitors.
Accommodation is distributed between eight individual buildings scattered on a gently hill slope looking across the fairways to the sea and the mountains. Guestrooms on the ground floor enjoy a terrace opening up onto the gardens while top floor rooms have a balcony. All enjoy panoramic views, custom made furniture designed by Jaya Ibrahim and en suite bathrooms with walk-in bathtub and separate showers fed by natural hot spring water the region is famous for.
A peaceful retreat in a soothing environment, The Spa offers a range of signature treatments complemented by cool/hot plunge pools, lap pool and sundeck. Dining venues include The Korean Restaurant and The Restaurant at the Clubhouse, offering Thai, Indian and international cuisine, whether indoor or alfresco on the terrace, with superb views of the golf course, the mountains and the sea beyond.
400 acres 5 Star Deluxe Resort
96 Rooms & Suites (8 blocks of 12 rooms each)
• Deluxe Rooms (60 sqm) King size/twin beds (sleeping 2)
• Suites (165 sqm) King size/Twin beds - Two bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom (sleeping 4)
All rooms with balcony/terrace and panoramic golf/mountain views • Individually controlled A/C and custom made furniture • LCD flat screen TV and entertainment system • Minibar, coffee/tea maker and safe • Hairdryer and Chenille bathrobes • En suite bathrooms with natural hot spring bathtub, separate shower and luxury amenities
24 hour in-room dining • Laundry/ Valet service • Boutique • Trekker guide • Medical service on call
The Restaurant (Clubhouse) Thai, Indian and International cuisine (All day dining) • The Korean Restaurant (Resort) Tradition Korean cuisine & Tappenyaki show cooking (Dinner) • The Bar (Adjacent to the Korean Restaurant) Pre/Post dinner drinks and light snacks • The Lounge (Library) Beverage and Tea Lounge
2 Double + 2 Single Massage rooms • Lounge • Separate male/female spa areas and changing facilities • Outdoor Onsen • Hot and cold plunge pools, lap pool and sundeck • Hot spring water • Signature treatments and massage (Jade massage and Tibetan Hot Stone massage)
Boardroom (30 pax), Executive Room (12 pax) and Conference room (120 pax) • Full audio-visual facilities
• Championship Course
Moo-Hyun Seo, Jangwon Golf Engineering (2007) 18 holes - 7,454 yds - Par 73
The Ananti is a world class, championship golf course and the architects have made the most of the exceptional natural environment. This very long course provides a challenging yet rewarding round, with its stunning sea and mountain backdrop. At 1,014 yards, the 3rd hole is the signature hole and the longest in the world! Experienced caddies and two halfway houses contribute to enjoy a leisurely round on this unique course and unexpected golf destination.
Experienced golf caddies
Start House (light meals) + 2 Halfway T-houses (light meals)
Full practice facilities
Proshop, Bar, Restaurant and Business facilities
Golf in Korea
NORTH KOREA GOLF
There is just one other golf course in North Korea at Pyongyang, the capital, home to the North Korea Open. Constructed to a Japanese design in 1987 to celebrate the 75th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, the Pyongyang golf course is cut into the wooded hills at the foot of Mount Sokchon, near Lake Thaesong.
There are plenty of premier golf courses around Seoul (South Korea), your gateway to The Ananti Kumgang
• The Ananti Club
Sung Chiwha & Steve Shepherdson (2010) 27 holes
Extending across 486 serene acres of white birch, tall Japanese Zelkova trees and pinetrees, The Ananti Club’s three golf courses are in fact named after these trees – Jajaknamu, Neutinamu and Jatnamu. Designed by Sung Chiwhan - of Insung Golf Course Design Institute, in collaboration with Steve Shepherdson - of IMG International, the three nines blend seamlessly into the stunning environment, home to more than 700 species of 100 year old trees, plants and blossoming flowers.
Set amidst a breathtaking natural expanse of ancient trees, the clubhouse makes a strikingly architectural statement. The building’s iconic curvilinear façade blends organically into the undulating greens while inside, the use of space treats guests to unexpected surprises at each turn. Facilities and services include a cloakroom, locker rooms, saunas, hot and cold baths, swimming pools, The Restaurant, A Market boutique shop and Library Lounge. Additional facilities include a Racket Club. While visiting The Ananti Club, you could explore the Yumyeongsan Recreational Forest, the finest natural recreation forest near Seoul.
• Benest Anyang Golf Club
Shonei Miyajawa (1968) + Robert Trent Jones II (1996) 18 holes
This legendary golf club is one of Korea’s oldest and most prestigious clubs. the architect introduce two Japanese elements into the original design; the two-green system which allow for reduced tee wear-off and offer different playing strategies, and the plantation of cherry trees - which has became the symbol of the club. Green contouring and bunkering have been thoroughly renovated later on by Robert Trent Jones II to upgrade the layout and make it more challenging. Today, Anyang is a beautiful parkland course, with rolling fairways bordered by a great variety of vegetation that reflects seasonal changes.
• Benest Gapyeong Golf Club
Jack Nicklaus (2004) 27 holes
This Jack Nicklaus-designed club is nestled in the mountains about 400 meters above sea level and features three distinctive 9-hole courses that make excellent use of the natural topography. The 3 nines play true to their names; Pine, Brich and Maple courses, each reflecting the Big Bear's philosophy, with large fairways rewarding accuracy, bunkering punishing wayward shots and well protected undulating greens.
• Sky 72 Golf Club
On a bridge connected island in the Han River delta, next to Seoul Incheon International airport, Sky72 feature no less than four 18-hole golf course, distributed between two neighbouring location, Bada and Hanul - each with tis own clubhouses, as well as a Golf Digest Golf Academy and the world's largest driving range !
- Bada Ocean Course (2005) Steve Nicklaus
Links style couse with heay bunkering, rocky outcrop, pleasant landscaping and mounding bringing in diversity to the holes
- Bada Lake Course (2005) FINEAM
Florida style layout with swamps and lakes requiring both distance and precision.
- Bada Classic Course (2005+2009) Robin Nelson
- Hanul Course (2005) FINEAM
Arizona style course, but with ocean views. Redesigned in 1999 by Robin Nelson, it features wide fairways, rock formations and cliffs
- Dream Golf Range
Dream Golf Range is equipped with grass platforms, natural grass putting greens (including 36 putting holes), bunkers, and chip shot areas so that every situation could be simulated. Improve your golf skills by practicing golf in a real setting.
- Golf Digest Adcademy
Next to the driving range and Korea's first short game academy, although lessons cover all aspect of the game
Kumgangsan & Seoul
Kumgangsan Tourist District
A short drive from the South Korean border, the newly created Kumgangsan Tourist Region was specifically designed to welcome international tourism and only very recently opened to foreign travellers. Literally meaning "Diamond Mountains", Kumgangsan extends in a mountainous region dominated by Mt. Kumgang, the second tallest mountain in the country at 5,300 feet. Known since the antiquity for its beauty, this dramatic mountain range has been weathered over centuries, creating a wide variety of picturesque stone formations, ravines, cliffs, stone pillars and peaks, interspersed by forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.
In the Han River delta, which marks the border with North Korea, Seoul is the capital of South Korea, a superlative capital ranking high amongst international metropolis: Tje Capital Area is the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25 millionin habitants, it is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the world's greenest major city, with over 27% of the city dedicated to public parks, a leading global city, ranking among the top ten in the Global Cities Index of 2010 and seventh in the Global Power City Index, one of the world's top ten financial and commercial centers, the world's first city to introduce mobile wireless broadband throughot, world's fastest 100 Mbit/s broadband network, world's second most highly used subway system. best airport worldwide since 2005, World Design Capital for 2010, etc... Seoul has further hosted the 1988 Olympic Games, the 2002 football World Cup and the 2010 G-20 Summit.
A great deal of the credit for Seoul's urban planning can be given to the Joseon Dynasty, which used great foresight when crafting the city into a capital way back in the 14th century. The old Joseon Dynasty city is now the traditional downtown heart of Seoul where many of the most popular sights and hotels are to be found. Across the Han River, the modern city is dominated by Korea's World Trade Centre and the Coex Mall, a shopper's delight. The island,, in the middle of the Han River is densely packed with high-rise buildings and home to the Korean National Assembly.
Nightlife in Seoul is lively and legendary with something to suit everyone taste, from a 'booze-cruise' through the red light district or a quiet sit-down at a traditional teahouse. Eating out, too, is a feast for the senses, with a great international variety of international fares as well as classic Korean cuisine. Seoul attractions include historic temples and palaces, as well as some natural and cultural highlights. Seoul has a mix of subtropical and continental humid climate, which makes for hot and humid summers and snowy winters, therefore the preferred seasons for sightseeing in Seoul are spring and autumn, with comfortable temperatures and blue skies.
Address & Contact
GHM Hotels / Emerson Pacific
801 Kukdong Bldg
60-1, Chungmuro 3-GA
Tel: +82 (2) 2261 3377
Fax: +82 (2) 2261 3522
Kumgangsan Tourist District on the Sea of Japan
20 min. from the North/South Korean border
4 hour drive from Seoul by resort transfer service
Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
A mix of subtropical and continental humid climate, whith hot and humid summers, snowy winters, and pleasant dryer spring and autumn