July 27, 2012

Screen Golf

In the world of concrete jungles and jutting mountains, there is little space for a full on golf course. Sure, there are some famous and beautiful courses in Korea, but those are not perfectly located right between your neighborhood market and subway. Screen golf is a whole different story though! They are buildings with large rooms, a giant screen/projector combo, and a sensor to read the movement of clubs and balls. It is pretty cheap - under ten a person in my experience. Each of the rooms has a couch or two, and they also sell snack foods and drinks, so you can make a party of it. 

Mike, Mara, and I decided to go one night and check it out. While I wouldn't say any of us could become pro golfers (some of us may get too frustrated by hole 6 to play again, hah), it is a "Korea" experience I recommend anyone try once!

There is a five or ten minute practice session. You can practice swing and then watch the screen, it will record a video and play it back.  

I spent a lot of time doing this. Moving the ball over trying to line it up. When the ball is in the right place, the logo will light up on the sensor - the black rectangle to the right. Of course for driving you can use the tee, where the ball is automatically placed. 

Look at my pro golfing outfit. Its important to look good when you play. 

There was also a lot of this. Golf is hard.I suggest asking the attendant to set it to beginner, because it lets you cheat a bit, by avoiding some sand traps or giving your drive extra distance. 

Not very much of this, though Mara and Mike did better than I!

 The price list is pictured above. You can play 9 or 18 holes. To find it, look for a building with a golfer featured, they are all over Daegu. Golfzon is a popular chain. The one I went to was by Daegu Bank Station. Go out exit 3, walk to the major street. Turn right, and you will see a 7-11 and Tours Le Jours. Walk down about 5 or 10 minutes and you will see it on your right. 

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