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INCHEON, SK-For project chief John B. Hynes III, the attention focused on the golf course coming to this emerging metropolis is justifiable. There are two passions in Korea, “education and golf,” says Hynes, but the CEO of Gale International and developer of the $25-billion master-planned city tells GlobeSt.com that the Jack Nicklaus-branded course goes far beyond responding to the sport’s surging popularity.

“It’s important for a lot of reasons,” says Hynes, the transplanted Boston developer whose super-ambitious charge is to carve a 1,500-acre urban enclave out of land reclaimed from the Incheon waterfront. For all the roads and other infrastructure invested by the Korean government, realizing New Songdo’s vision as an Asian economic hotspot will rely heavily on attracting workers from throughout the continent and beyond, states Hynes, who sees recreational options as critical to achieving that goal.

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