Fun and health watching golf catching two rabbits[김종석의 굿샷 라이프]


Watching a golf tournament can enjoy the effect of one stone and two birds as you can combine walking exercise with the fun of watching the game. About 23,000 fans flocked to Gaya CC, where the KLPGA Tour Nexen/Saint Nine Masters 2022, which allowed admission to the gallery for the first time in three years, was held. Provided by Spotify

The sound of footsteps in the gallery is shaking again on the empty golf course. Fans are flocking to the domestic men’s and women’s professional golf tournaments, which have been held without spectators for the past three years due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Enjoying the charm of sports is a positive factor that relieves stress and brings joy to everyday life.

●Athletes are new to the cloud spectators

In May, the queen of seasons, domestic men’s and women’s professional golf tournaments are held every week. It seems that the footsteps of golf fans will flock to the golf course. Provided by Doyoung Koo

As the gallery entry was allowed from this season, a total of 23,387 spectators entered the KLPGA Tour Nexen-Saint Nine Masters 2022, which ended on the 24th at Gaya CC in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, over the course of four days. In particular, in the last round, the number of spectators exceeded 10,000, recording 1023.

The number of spectators for this competition is the sum of the spectators who purchased paid tickets through advance reservations and on-site sales, and the spectators who entered with an invitation ticket from the organizer. The percentage of paid spectators is about 40%, or 9,400. According to the organizers of the event, ticket revenue exceeded 100 million won.

The winner of the competition, Yoo Hae-ran, said, “It was meaningful to win the championship with the gallery.” He is said to have won 5 of his career and said that the previous 4 wins were sluggish because it was a match without spectators.

A golf fan from the Gyeongnam region said, “It was so good to see the players in the game that I had only seen on TV. The stress was relieved.” An official from Nexen-Saint Nine Masters said, “I am happy to be able to resolve the regret of not being able to meet the audience in this way. Starting with this tournament, I hope golf fans can once again enjoy the players’ great shots and games.”

Fans watch a player’s tee shot at a domestic women’s professional golf tournament where spectators are allowed to enter. Dong-A Ilbo DB
Fans flocked to Chuncheon Raviebel CC, where the DB Insurance Promi Open, the opening match of the KPGA Korean Tour season, held a week before the tournament, was held. Park Sang-hyeon, who won the miraculous 5-stroke comeback victory, held a splendid ceremony and said, “I was even more excited to play while the gallery was watching.”

The players who participated in the KLPGA Championship, the first major tournament of the KLPGA Tour season, which opened at Ildong Lake GC in Pocheon on the 28th, also expressed their anticipation to play in front of the gallery. Kim Hyo-joo said, “From a player’s point of view, it is necessary to have a lot of fans to gain strength. He’s playing tournaments bringing back memories,” he said. Park Hyun-kyung, who is aiming for a third consecutive championship, said, “It’s more fun to play in front of a lot of people. I want to show a good side of me,” he said.

About 40,000 galleries gathered in the first round of the tournament to see Tiger Woods, who competed in the 2022 Masters. Augusta = AP News

● Helps strengthen bones and muscles without risk of injury

Just as there is a gallery, players can get more energy, so fans can catch two rabbits of fun and health by watching golf.

According to a study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, attending golf tournaments as spectators has a positive effect on health. If you follow your favorite player along the 18 holes on a spacious golf course, you will naturally get enough walking exercise. Especially for middle-aged people with little physical activity, watching golf is a health-promoting physical activity that strengthens bones and muscles while minimizing the risk of injury. If you go around 18 holes, you will walk about 10km in 4 hours.

Another study found that 83% of galleries who watched the 2016 European Tour Paul Laurie Match Play competition in Scotland met the recommended number of steps per day. At that time, the 339 participants in the study walked an average of 11,589 steps.

Watching golf not only provides physical activity that promotes health, but also has a positive effect on emotions and socialization by spending a lot of time in green spaces to socialize with friends and family. “Walking is one of the best activities you can do for your health,” said Dr Andrew Murray from the University of Edinburgh. Extends lifespan and increases happiness. “The golf gallery allows you to watch great play while doing physical activity to keep you healthy.”

The total spectators who participated in the 2014 Ryder Cup, a golf competition between Europe and the United States, were counted as walking the distance around the world four times.

It is enough to wear comfortable clothes for viewing the gallery, but golf shoes or sneakers should be worn to protect the lawn. Occasionally, she walks the fairway in high heels, but slipping can lead to serious injuries, so you should avoid it for your own health.

The spring sunlight is strong ultraviolet rays that cause skin aging and skin burns, so it is better to apply sunscreen in advance. If you use a large golf umbrella like a parasol to avoid the sun, you can interfere with other people’s watching. A hat is recommended.

To avoid dehydration, drink water frequently before you feel thirsty.

Placards cheering for players were hung around Pocheon Ildong Lake GC, where the 2022 KLPGA Championship was held. Crowning provided

● If you follow the viewing manners, the fun will be doubled.


Korea is famous for having a strong fandom of certain players. The fan club is also active, so group viewings and enthusiastic cheering matches are held at every tournament. Around Ildong Lake GC, where the KLPGA Championship was held, placards with messages of support for the players were hung up here and there. Do not rush to the next hole just because your favorite player in the same group has holed out.

When preparing for a shot from the tee or fairway, you should help the player stop what they are doing and focus on the swing. You can keep quiet so that you can show a high level of concentration and then shout ‘good shot’ at the end of your swing. Players should not touch the ball they hit, even if it flies, and should keep an eye on the direction of the ball to prevent accidental hitting.

In May, the queen of the seasons, how about planning a family outing to the golf course? You can catch pheasants and eat their eggs.

Correspondent Kim Jong-seok [email protected]


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