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Expo 48: Golf state

— South Korea


South Korea has created a golf culture that leaves most other nations swinging away in a sandy bunker. Monocle visits some of the country’s top clubs and meets their quirky members and attentive staff.

Clubhouse, Golf, Seoul, Wives, caddies

The late afternoon sun bounces off the golden Jeff Koons sculpture sitting in the drive as Christopher Kwon pulls up in a dark blue Porsche and steps out smiling. The businessman makes his way into the lobby with its vaulted timber ceiling, splashes of contemporary art and walls of glass that frame the green mountain views. Mr Kwon is not checking into a chic hotel. Nor is he popping into his country pad for a weekend break. He is stepping across the threshold of what is one of the world’s most exclusive scenes – a Korean golf club.

Golf in South…


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