A golfing holiday in North Korea might not feature on many travellers’ wish lists, but the concept has become a reality thanks to the efforts of a young British entrepreneur.
Although the communist nation is one of the world’s most secretive societies, and Pyongyang isn’t serviced by direct flights from Stansted or Luton airport, 32-year-old Dylan Harris has managed to organise an amateur golf competition on the country’s one and only course.
Mr Harris, who runs Wigan-based Lupine Travel, confesses that he ended up arranging the event “by accident” when he tried to organise a bespoke golfing holiday for a very particular Scottish customer.
He said: “Some guy phoned me last summer and said he wanted to play golf in North Korea. He kept phoning back. He said he had played golf in countries all over the world and North Korea was one of the only ones left. He said: “Can you just ask them?’”
Mr Harris said that when he advertised the trip on his website he did not expect to receive much interest, but ended up being inundated with responses.
“I just thought a couple of people would be interested. The tour is full now but I’m still getting inquires coming in every day,” he said.
Lupine Travel, which specialises in unusual getaways, now has 30 clients signed up for the trip from countries as far apart as China, Australia, Britain, America, France, Sweden and Luxembourg.
Mr Harris has done interviews with Japanese television, France 24 and The Wall Street Journal since news of the event broke, and he is hopeful that the event will help to aid peoples’ understanding of the mysterious country.
Copyright Press Association 2011