Groupmetro knows that to be a true 5-Star golf course ultimately, the clubhouse is the center-piece of any great course. With that knowledge, the visionaries at Groupmetro made selective and painstaking choices that are reflected in the overall ‘look and feel’ of the ‘center-piece’ clubhouse.
Everyone is always very anxious to compare courses. So we looked at a rival or sister-course, in another country steeped in corruption and disrepute – North Korea. To be sure, this is not the Pyongyang Golf Course, in North Korea where an oppressive regime. Are there any similarities?
Kim Jong Il, the Hermit Kingdom’s late Dear Leader is said to have shot a 34-under 38 in the one and only round he ever played. Over 18 holes, in 1994, he reportedly notched 11 holes-in-one, hmmmm. The course, unlike Costablanca is tight and tree-lined, with fairways flanked by ledges that drop into oblivion, probably just as difficult as the rough at Costablanca. But straying out-of-bounds is nothing compared to what awaits if you attempt to excercise free speech in Pyongyang; it’s likely a very similar feeling to getting your money back from Dr. Luis Asilis of Groupmetro…..almost impossible. We can’t but wonder what Dr. Luis Asilis shot at Costablanca? The front nine was apparently actually open (for about 6-60 days just to the executives and friends). It all sounds so familiar. But a 34? Although asked no handicap or golf score information was provided by the CEO of Groupmetro.
Fortunately, for anyone interested in going to North Korea, the course appears to be top-notch and nothing at all like Costablanca.