Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2011 North Korean Amateur Open Results

In case you missed it the first ever North Korean Amateur Open golf tournament was held last month at the Pyongyang Golf complex.

Pyongyang Golf complex

Olli Lehtonen from Finland was the overall winner with an individual score of 84. Lehtonen and fellow Finlander Johannes Raitio finished first in the doubles tourney with a joint score of 72. Below is a French video by Frederic Stevens showing scenes from Pyongyang and some footage of the tournament:

According to the Chosun Ilbo another player recently said that there were about 30 female caddies at the complex in their 20s or 30s, many of them graduates of the prestigious Kim Il-sung University. "Caddies were beautiful and considerate," he said. "After I finished playing golf, I came out of the shower at the club house, and there was a woman dressed in traditional Korean costume holding a towel. I instantly wondered whether there was another service waiting for me, but there was no 19th hole."

The Pyongyang Golf complex is the legendary course which was opened by Kim Jong Il in 1987. On that day, in his first ever round of golf, Kim shot a world-record 38 under par with 11 holes in one!

See also: From North Korea: 'Pyongyang Style' by Steve Gong


  1. Here is another very interesting golf course in Korea:

    Golf in the DMZ

  2. Lol. Awesome. I guess I should look into getting into a travel package to the DPRK soon. Must be really great as according to the "Global Happiness Index" it is now the second happiest country in the world!