It turns out that public golf courses that receive various tax benefits in the name of popularizing golf are paying excessively high rates. As more and more places are more expensive than membership golf courses or operate various tricks, the government decided to improve the system.
By Kim Tae-hoon, staff reporter.
Se-ri Pak, the first Asian to lift the U.S. Women’s Open trophy in 1998, when suffering from the IMF financial crisis.
After the boom in golf, the government relaxed various taxes on public golf courses, saying that it would popularize golf the following year.
Even now, 20 years later, the individual consumption tax of 21,120 won is exempted from the usage fee, and the property tax is only levied at 10% of the membership-based golf course.
Recently, there has been a flood of complaints about golf course rates being too high.
[박정/민주당 의원(지난달 문체부 국감) : 골프를 좋아했던 분들이 ‘두세 번 나갈 것을 이제 한 번도 못 나간다’ 이렇게 불만이 많아요.]
The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission surveyed all 354 public golf courses and 158 membership golf courses.
As a result, it was found that the difference in rates between public golf courses in the metropolitan area, Chungcheong and Honam areas and non-member golf courses was only between 1,000 won and 13,000 won.
The average weekend price for public golf courses in Chungcheong Province was 5,000 won more expensive than membership golf courses.
[이정희/국민권익위 부위원장 : 여러 가지 고객들이 불편을 겪음에도 불구하고 골프장은 오히려 그린피를 인상한다든지 이러한 폭리를 취하고 있다.]
Although recruitment of members is prohibited, some public golf courses have bundled accommodation and golf course memberships for sale.
In addition, it was found that 84% of all golf courses were virtually forced to use additional services such as restaurants and game assistants.
The ACRC recommended the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Fair Trade Commission to revise the standard terms and conditions for golf courses to strengthen management of public golf course fees and incidental service use.
In addition, it was proposed to suspend tax benefits for public golf courses that are operated expediently by membership system.
(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Park Soo-seon)