If you are interested in working on your "actual" golf game while you are teaching English in Korea I'll let you know right now that it can be quite expensive. There is however a cheaper golf alternative and that alternative is screen golf.
What is screen golf you ask? Well, it is essentially exactly what it sounds like. It is a golf simulation, where instead of hitting a golf ball on an actual course you hit it into a screen. The screen has the course projected onto it, and the sensors detect the movement of the ball when it strikes the screen. You can choose from literally hundreds of courses from all around the world, and this variety certainly is welcomed for people like me who go on a weekly basis.
As I mentioned in the beginning, the best part of screen golf is the price. At $15 for nine holes, screen golf is a steal compared to the highway robbery taking place at actual Korean golf courses. It’s a great way to hang out with some friends and practice that swing, while avoiding that horrible walking thing that usually must be done during a round of golf. It is also a great way to unwind with friends and fellow teachers after finishing a late night of teaching at ChungDahm.
I typically screen golf once a week, going with a few of my friends after work. The chronic insomnia of this country comes in handy here. Even though we cannot start our game until around 11:30 P.M, the owners never have a problem with us staying so late. A night of screen golf requires a pre-game stop at the convenience store for some golfing supplies. And by supplies I mean alcohol and fried chicken. Sometimes if we are really hungry we will order pizza or chicken from a restaurant nearby, and they will deliver right to our room, which is quite convenient. The owners even have a list of delivery places with menus, so clearly we are not the only hungry golfers with this idea.
My drink of choice at screen golf is makgeolli, which is looked down upon with disdain by my friends, who consider that a “poor man” drink. I however would rather be a happy makgeolli-drinking pleb than an elitist Hite drinker any day. As is usually the case with my friends, the drinks usually flow freely, and sometimes the winner of our golf match is simply the one who stayed the most sober. Lately I have been on a bit of a hot streak, so my friends have been trying to throw me off my game with soju shots, but so far that hasn't effected my screen golf game. In face last week I ended up at -5, which is a personal best.
I do not know how accurate the computer’s reading of the shots is, but in my opinion it is the most realistic golfing experience outside of an actual course. I am quite curious to go to a real golf course now, since I have not only fixed my vicious slice, but I have also significantly increased my driving distance. Whether this marked improvement will translate to an actual course remains to be seen, but I look forward to finding out.