Is golf still for the privileged? Jinsan Golf Club welcomes everyone to join the party

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▲ Jinsan Golf Club / Director Sim Young-bo

Despite the steady increase of people enjoying playing golf, the sport is still remained for the rich or the professional. CEO Sim Young-ho, Director of Jinsan Golf Club, says that golf is just one of many sports which can benefit us with physical and psychological ease by walking the field and breathing in the fresh open air. 

“For this reason, the golf should better be settled down as a sport everybody can enjoy like the neighboring Japan and the far away Europe and the US. So I have this sense of duty to promote and the sport through campaign and marketing but above all the surprisingly affordable fee.”

He points out the surprisingly expensive membership fees for the reason people turn their back from this green sport. He also pinpoints that the price of some sports equipment like tennis and badminton often surpass that of golf nowadays. And this is the reason that he charges the lowest membership fee we can find homeland.

Normally, you have to pay from 100,000 won to 200,000 won (173 USD) per game. But you pay no more than 25,000 won per game at Jinsan Golf Club. It is no surprise at all, therefore, that not only local golfers but also golfers as far as Jinju and Sacheon are making regular reservations and roundings.

Jinsan Golf Club is on a foot of the Jiri Mountain. The 4 hole par 3 and the 5 hole par 4 on the green green green lawns welcome everybody regardless age, experienced or unexperienced. Yearly 30,000 golfers come to play and the weekends get full reservation and the weekdays around 70 to 80%. 

“Golf is a game of self-control, communications and manners. By playing the game, we can practice these virtues and apply in daily lives even when we are not playing.”

Opened in 2006, Jinsan Golf Club is 277,685 square meters in size but some parts are still undone due to development restrictions. Sim is regretful about this as it is playing a block to his mission to promote golf for everyone. 

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