North Korea invites golfers to play course where Kim's dad 'got 11 holes in one'

North Korea is to open up a golf course where Kim Jong-un’s dad was said to have posted one of the most incrdible scores in the sport’s history.

The isolated country’s official tourism agency has invited amateur players to take part in the annual Ryomyong Golf Tournament, at the Pyongyang Golf Course.

That is where former supreme leader Kim Jong-il scored 11 holes-in-one during the very first round of his life, according to state media.

Last week saw several articles about golf posted on the National Tourism Administration’s DPR Korea Tour website.

One said the Ryomyong Golf Tournament’s president ‘warmly welcomes golf enthusiasts from all over the world who wish to attend Pyongyang golf tours,’ local media reports.

Another post said: ‘The Pyongyang Golf Course hosts an amateur golfers’ competition in spring and autumn every year.

‘Foreign amateurs can also take part in this competition held in spring and autumn in our country and develop friendship with Korean amateur golfers.’

Separately, the Ryomyong Golf Travel Company said tourists would be able to enjoy attractions such as ‘an underwater golf course, archery ground and boating ground’.

North Korea has been under a rigid self-imposed blockade since Covid hit in 2020, not even allowing its own nationals to enter the country.

But last month saw Chinese and Russian officials attend a military parade in Pyongyang in a post-pandemic first – which some believe is a sign Kim Jong Un is headed towards relaxing his border policies.

However, Simon Cockerell, the manager of a tour company which organised visits to North Korea pre-pandemic, told South Korean outlet NK News he is doubtful.

He said the invitation seems to be just ‘aspirational’, adding: ‘It looks characteristically detail-light and aimed generally at the future rather than specifically soon.’

Kim Jong-un does not seem to have inherited his dad’s passion for golf but is believed to keep a private course at one of his mansions east of the capital.

It has been reported that he used the sporting ground to launch his country’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-18, last month but this has not been officially confirmed.

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