Screen Golf in Korea

Two weeks before I left Korea, after a year of nagging, I broke down and agreed to accompany some coworkers to play screen golf. Screen golf is an indoor virtual golf game in which players use real golf clubs and balls to play an 18-hole game. This stunning marriage of real golf and video game was much more fun than I expected. It was so fun that I returned a few days later with my roommate for one last round.

Each round of screen golf is $20 per person. This seems a bit high; my hometown public course is about the same price. Despite the price tag, it was a lot of fun and left me wanting more.

Screen golf business hallway.

The screen golf business was much larger than I expected. There were at least six private golf rooms, each with a couch, table, and golf screen.

Screen Golf computer and camera

This computer controls the video portion of the game. The camera on top films you and gives you the option to replay it and watch your swing.

To play screen golf, you hit the ball full-speed into the video screen. The screen is nothing more than a thick white sheet that absorbs the energy of the ball. A projector displays the image of a golf course on the sheet, so it feels like you’re teeing up at a real course. Several cameras and sensors judge the speed, spin and trajectory of the ball. The computer program calculates the shot so quickly that it really looks like you’re playing golf.

Screen golf driving range

Before the game begins, players can use the “driving range” and warm up. It’s surprisingly accurate. I know because I sliced every shot!

Screen golf swing

My roommate, Adam, setting up for a practice swing.

My only regret is not playing screen golf sooner. Every neighborhood has at least one screen golf business. My only hope is that there are some great places to play screen golf in the US.

Until next time.

-Taft

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4 thoughts on “Screen Golf in Korea

  1. Lois Barrett says:

    Yes, are you in bed?

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Lois Barrett says:

    Taft, I was trying to send this to Scott. I sent Zoe an email, I thought she might be in bed since she is leaving early in the am for MK’s. Who knows how I ended up sending it to you. I’m glad you’re home. I’ve enjoyed your adventures. Take care, I hope you find a wonderful job soon. xo. Lois

    Sent from my iPad

  3. wtl0715 says:

    It’s funny – my dad said “she was probably trying to write to Scott or something.” I hope you are well. Have a great weekend!

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