North Korea opens up for golf tourney
Cash-strapped North Korea is inviting foreign amateur players
for its first ever golf tournament on a course used by all-powerful
leader Kim Jong Il, travel agencies said Thursday.
The golf open will take place in April, London-based Lupine
Travel said on its website. The price of a five-day tour from April
26 is $1,039 per person.
“The North Korean government has proposed the amateur event,” Qu
Chengguo, vice president of Chinese travel agency Dandong CTS, told
“We still need to sort things out with North Korea. As far as I
know, if there’s no change, the competition will open as planned,”
Dandong CTS and Lupine Travel both offer tourist trips to the
The event will be held on a golf course where Kim supposedly
recorded 11 holes-in-one for a 18-hole score of 38, according to
The par-72 course west of Pyongyang is the only golf course
managed by North Korea for its privileged few and foreign
The country’s other course, in the scenic Mount Kumgang resort,
is for South Korean and foreign tourists.
The golf club in the resort has been abandoned since South Korea
suspended cross-border tours in July 2008 after a North Korean
soldier shot dead a Seoul housewife who strayed into a restricted
The jointly-run resort once earned the impoverished communist
state millions of dollars a year.