Seoul, Korea: A new report has claimed that the golf industry in South Korea is worth an estimated 11.4 trillion won, with the market for so called ‘screen golf’ services alone thought to exceed one trillion won (about US$882 million), accounting for 10 per cent of the total.
The report from the Yuwon Golf Foundation – which was quoted by various news organisations – revealed that nearly five trillion won was spent in 2015 for playing or watching golf, accounting for 45.5 per cent, while over six trillion won was spent on golf equipment and supplies as well as managing golf courses.
Though golfers spent over three trillion won on green fees in 2015 alone, amateur players who practice at driving range facilities spent nearly two trillion won, with indoor golf simulators being the most popular type.
The survey also estimated the market for golf equipment and supplies to be worth over four trillion won.
Asked how frequently they played golf, 23.8 per cent of the 6,765 respondents who participated in the survey said six to 10 times per year, closely followed by those who answered fewer than five times, at 19.9 per cent.
Just over seven per cent said they had never played golf on an actual course and had only practiced at other facilities, including golf simulators and driving ranges.
When it came to golf simulators, widely known as ‘screen golf’ in South Korea, more than 36 per cent said they visit an indoor venue equipped with golf simulator technology at least 31 times per year, far more often than golf courses as the fees for the use of such facilities are usually much cheaper.
Some golf fans in South Korea spend a monthly average of 167,000 won (about US$147) on simulators, according to the report.
With regard to professional golf Tours, competitions held by the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) were generally more popular than those held by the Korea Professional Golfers’ Association (KPGA), while demand for the KLPGA continues to grow.
In 2015, the KLPGA generated 19 billion won (about US$16.76 million) in ticket sales, far surpassing the revenue of the KPGA.
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