Sunday, March 05, 2006

the king on the tee

after going over some of yong joon's various interests in films, music & hobbies, i now turn my attention to his love of sport, in particular, his love of golf. this so called gentleman's sport happens to be one of my favorites too !! golf is not a physical sport but more of a 'mental game' and i enjoy watching the golfers go 'head to head' & show off their genius in course management against the backdrop of nature's beauty like the lush trees, blue oceans & majestic mountains. my friends who enjoys soccer & basketball get a kick in teasing me about my fascination w/ golf w/ these remarks, "what's the big fuss about a guy trying to shoot a small ball into a hole located somewhere among those mounds of greens ? " and ....." oh, i know why u like golf...you just want to watch something that will lull you to a deep, dreamless sleep !!" ha, but let me tell you this, those crazy friends of mine also keeps me company in watching golf especially during the majors like the augusta masters....or maybe...they think i've gone bonkers about golf & are just being extra nice to me ?? anyways, my friends and i have one thing in common about golf, we all admire "you're the man" aka Tiger Woods !! actually, it's his fault why i got hooked on watching golf. he is so talented & made the sport look so cool and interesting and he got this magnetic presence in the golf course that commands your attention and makes you forget the other golfers w/ big tummies !! besides, he looks so classy wearing those signature TW Nike golf apparel.

back to the other classy guy....it is a known fact that yong joon is seriously into golf. it is not just an exercise for him but also an opportunity to socialize with friends and a chance to let his guard down, savor the scenery in the golf course and simply enjoy the excitement of the game. he mentioned in his interview in 'the image vol 1' dvd that whenever he's going to play golf the next day, he gets all excited as if he's going on a picnic !! he's so cute, isn't he ? he also mentioned that he loves early morning golf, and playing the sport gives him a chance to chill out & enjoy the long day ahead, enjoy the pleasures of nature like the sunrise, enjoy walking on the green grass, enjoy looking at the blue skies.....hmm, he's not only athletic but sounds poetic too !

it was mentioned in a quilt article that yong joon is a member of this artiste golf club called 'ShingleBunggle ' (meaning 'happy smile') which is headed by the respected veteran actor, ahn seong gi and w/ the likes of park joong hoon, ahn jae wook, & lee jeong jae as members. oh, ok, i got it....i just realized they have one thing in common, they all have nice and warm smiles !! anyway, it would be a blast to watch yong joon play a round of golf w/ these great actors.

yong joon's first encounter with golf was around 1998 but it was in 2002 when he got hooked in the game & when he joined the artiste golf club. it was also reported before that he recorded his first eagle in the sapphire course of Lake Hills Country Club w/c is located in gyeonggi province & where his parents are based. btw, i read in a korean golf site that there are about 33 golf courses in gyeonggi province alone !! here's a view of Lake Hills....


more on his golf stats, it was also reported last yr that yong joon's best score was a 78, but this probably have improved & who knows, his score may now be in the vicinity of 72 or even par perhaps? yong joon mentioned in his 'the image' interview that his shot distance is over 300 yds ! not bad for a non pro & i guess his body building program helped a lot in improving his golf game. his golf instructor said in an interview that he classifies yong joon as the 'focused and high concentration' type once he plays golf and that his average distance is comparable to professional golfers. well, that is not surprising at all. knowing yong joon, he always strive to do his best in whatever activity he sets his heart out. very focused indeed.


it makes me wonder, who is yong joon's favorite golfer ? could it be choi kyung ju or better known in the professional golfing world as k.j. choi ? k.j. is active in the PGA Tour and is the most famous male golfer from korea right now. or, could it be the famous japanese golfer, shigeki maruyama ? he is also an active PGA Tour player and the one who sent yong joon a personalized putter during his first trip to japan last april 2004. better yet, it can be tiger woods !! the best golfer in the entire planet !! i prefer that its el tigre so at least we have one thing in common *wink*

south korea has about 196 golf courses and just recently, golf digest magazine, named the top 10 golf courses in korea. two of yong joon's favorite golf courses are in the list !! they are Midas Valley Country Club in gapyong county and Pine Creek Golf Club in anseong city. his other two favorite golf courses are the high end East Valley Golf Club and Lake Hills Country Club !! the number 1 on the top 10 list is Pinx Golf Club in Jeju. and here's more...in another article in golf digest, it was reported that almost all of seoul's golf courses are private clubs & most with memberships costing around $100,000 to $500,000. the article mentioned one of yong joon's fave, Pine Creek Country Club as a private club and dispenses memberships for around $300,000 !! in a related topic from korea herald, it reported that membership costs for opulent courses such as the Midas Valley Country Club ( known as the hilltop refuge for billionaires) and East Valley Golf Club, two of yong joon's favorites, can go as high as $600,000 ( or 600mln won)...wow, that's a lot of money !! here are two pics of Midas Valley Country Club...

i'm sure that once yong joon settled himself in the volcanic island of jeju during the filming of gkfg drama, he will definitely find the time to play rounds of golf in the two world class golf courses in jeju, the haute-designed Pinx Golf Club and the western-leaning The Club at Nine Bridges. these two courses, accdg to golf digest, are considered to be the most beautiful in the whole of korea. Pinx Golf Club is actually ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses outside the US & Nine Bridges is one of the top 10 in korea and also pegs a membership costs of about $600,000 !!! here's a look at Pinx and Nine Bridges in jeju, the future hang out of yong joon *wink*


the 'great king' truly deserves to play in these magnificent courses..... :)

8 Comments:

Blogger bb said...

great post, frances! informative, esp for a non-golfer such as yours truly.

yea... am sure yong joon's working terribly hard towards achieving par or below par.

72... mmm... did i ever mention that other than being obsessed with the letter B, i'm also a fan of the numbers 13 and 72? hee, i believe v v v strongly that people born in the year of 72 are great people, you know... :p

hope he does find time to golf when in jejudo.

7:38 AM  
Blogger byjglobal said...

Frances: Again and again, I am pretty much impressed by your professional writings. Your incredibly thorough research in details, observant, sometimes humourous I really really enjoy your blog. I loved "the left handed" article first and then I am visiting your site regularly and it never dissapoint me. Once BYJ said "who am I without these fans?" I understand his saying. He will be more and more read and heard by your blogging and spread hopefully in the entire world. You, bb, tigger, ... all top notch people(business women, writer, enterprenour, etc..)are big assets for our Prince. Keep it on and thank you for sharing your knowledge.

6:40 AM  
Blogger frances said...

hi bb,
thanks !!
hmm, let me see...great ppl who were born in the yr 72 w/ letter b in their names....looks v familiar....:p

4:18 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hello byjglobal,
thanks so much for the compliment :) but i still have lots & lots to learn about the art of writing *blush*

but i do enjoy writing stuff about byj. he's such a wonderful inspiration ^^

4:35 PM  
Blogger bb said...

blush blush... byjglobal, you're making us blush so much! but yea, me too, enjoy frances' writing very much. she does take so much pride and always does her research and then share with us all in an easy-to-understand manner.

thanks, frances!

8:08 AM  
Blogger mishio said...

Hi frances
Really agree with everyone - coming here is always "educational" and a pleasure to say the least.
Hey, it's nice to find a fellow Tiger fan!

7:57 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hi bb, you're making me blush too!! thanks so much :)

hello mishio, my fellow tiger fan, here's hoping & wishing that tiger make the real grand slam this year !!!
btw, thanks a lot too ^^

2:37 AM  
Blogger joycebay said...

Hi Frances,
Great article, gee wish I can write like you. Beautiful pics! thanks for the efforts. Love it!

6:25 PM  

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