South Korea is one of the fastest-growing golfing nations, with the likes of Charlie Wi and British women’s Open champion Se Ri Pak recognised as national heroes.
But don’t expect to see John Daly, Darren Clarke, Thomas Bjorn, Ian Woosnam or Sam Torrance competing there anytime soon. Golfers will be banned from smoking on South Korean golf courses from May.
"Violators of the ban may be fined," Chung Dong-chul, an official at Korea Golf Business Association has revealed.
The decision was in line with a nationwide anti-smoking campaign, with golf, a high-profile sport for businessmen, a No.1 target.
The association has 138 golf clubs among its members.