North Korea’s Reason for Destroying a Beautiful $41M Golf Resort Will Leave You Flabbergasted

Published 04/24/2022, 6:30 PM EDT

Golf is one of the most popular sports across the globe. And apart from the professionals, there are plenty of golfers who play this sport for fun. Hence, there are a plethora of golf courses in the world. However, one such exotic course is getting demolished in North Korea. 

Moreover, a South Korean company owns this incredible $41 million golf resort that provided a rare point of interaction between the two countries. North Korea is dismantling the Kumgang Ananti Golf and Spa Resort near Mount Kumgang. This resort was the only point where the South Koreans could visit. However, the demolition of this course will close the whole exchange between the two countries.

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Meanwhile, this was a dream project of Ananti, the South Korean operator of the golf resort. He even had assistance from the Korea Golf Association as they had developed this project in 2004. They even wanted to hold international golf events on this course which unfortunately never happened. 

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Furthermore, this was a pure 18-hole course with around 96 guest rooms. They had opened the resort in May 2008 after all the renovations. However, North Korea has decided to remove all the South’s facilities from the Mount Kumgang region. Hence, this is one of the primary reasons for the demolition of the exotic course. 

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How big is golf in South Korea?

Golf in South Korea is one of the most popular sports. There are plenty of professional golfers, especially in women’s golf. Moreover, the current world no.1 in women’s golf Jin Yong Ko is from South Korea. Additionally, it is surprising to note that there are around ten South Korean golfers on the LPGA Tour in the top 50 world rankings. 

WOBURN, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Jin Young Ko of Korea Republic acknowledges the crowd after a birdie on the 12th green during Day Four of the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club on August 04, 2019 in Woburn, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

However, when it comes to the men’s side on the PGA Tour, there are a couple of good golfers like Sung-Jae IM and Si-woo Kim. Hence, this shows the popularity of the game in this country. And hopefully, we will see more golfers coming from this region in the future as well.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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