Pyongyang Golf Driving Range
The Pyongyang Golf Driving Range is, at the time of writing, North Korea’s only dedicated golf driving range.
It is located next to the Sosan Hotel on Sports Street, in the far west of Pyongyang.
The Pyongyang Golf Driving Range is a great place to visit if you are a keen golfer, are looking for an sports activity to do or just have time to spare in Pyongyang.
It consists of the main building in front with the driving range out the back of the building.
Balls are given to you in a basket and each driving position has an old school ball dispensing machine that is manually operated by your foot. You will need to place the ball in the appropriate position yourself on the tee, there are no high tech machines to do it for you like in modern golf driving ranges.
Apart from tourists, you will generally find the upper classes of Pyongyang here enjoying their free time or practising their golf swing.
100 balls cost $10 USD and there is a small golf club rental fee of around $2 USD if you haven’t brought your own.
- They don’t have a golf ball sweeper cart to collect hit balls, so be patient if they ask you to stop hitting balls for 15 minutes while the staff dash out to collect balls
- The range has no fences/walls/nets to stop balls disappearing into the surrounding tree line, so do try to hit the ball on the straight and narrow
- Further to this there is an open air barbeque restaurant amongst the tree to the right of the range – again try to hit your balls straight or else it might end up in someone’s food and be aware of people on the range as they move between the open air barbeque and building.
- If staying at the Sosan Hotel you are generally ok to visit here without your guides, but let them know you want to go here as they may want to come with to translate for you or may even want to join you.
- The golf driving range is outdoors, do ensure to dress appropriately
- The Pyongyang Golf Driving Range building also has restaurant that can be included for meals.
- This is the only place in Pyongyang you can get your golf fix – the Pyongyang Golf Course is located 27km outside of Pyongyang. It is much closer to Nampo than Pyongyang!
- There used to be a golf driving range at the Yanggakdo Hotel where you would hit the balls into the Taedong River, but alas this closed many years ago.
- The Pothonggang Hotel has screen golf which is a great alternative if the weather is poor.
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