13 Jan '11, 6am

N.Korea is inviting foreign amateur players for its first ever golf tournament, travel agencies said

SEOUL - CASH-strapped North Korea is inviting foreign amateur players for its first ever golf tournament on a course used by all-powerful leader Kim Jong Il, travel agencies said on Thursday. The golf open will take place in April, London-based Lupine Travel said on its website. The price of a five-day tour from April 26 is US$1,039 (S$1,338) per person. 'The North Korean government has proposed the amateur event,' Mr Qu Chengguo, vice-president of Chinese travel agency Dandong CTS, told AFP. 'We still need to sort things out with North Korea. As far as I know, if there's no change, the competition will open as planned.' Dandong CTS and Lupine Travel both offer tourist trips to the isolated country. The event will be held on a golf course where Kim supposedly recorded 11 hole-in-ones for a 18-hole score of 38, according to Dandong CTS. The par-72 course west of Pyongyang i...

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