Golf adds a chance to spread thanks to the pilot physical education of Hanoi National University, but between students and this subject there is a problem of cost and inspiration.

In fact, golf has been majored in three universities, including Bac Ninh, Hong Bang and Ton Duc Thang.

Also at Hanoi National University, golf has been an elective subject in the physical education program since 2021. And in preparation for the first year of the pilot, this school, through the Physical Education Center affiliated with a business golf to organize staff and facilities.

“I think it is very welcome for students to get access to the new sport. We will face many challenges. But if it is difficult to sit still, nothing will progress,” said Nguyen Thai Duong, former The professional golfer, currently a golf specialist at the General Department of Gymnastics and Sports, told VnExpress.

The initial experience is coming, but it comes with a budget challenge. What opportunity for the majority of students to receive, when a complete set of 14 brand-new sticks costs nearly 100 million VND, an 18-hole round of golf costs “at least two million”, not to mention costumes?

However, buying new isn’t the only solution. A standard set of clubs released five years ago consisting of 12 used trees is sometimes 30% of the value of the “box break” row. Even on online markets, social networking golf groups, there are still sets ranging from 10 to 15 million VND. And in fact, most players, at the acquaintance level, look for second hand goods.

The cost of buying golf clubs and equipment, including second hand goods, is still high compared to the financial capacity of the majority of students.

The cost of buying golf clubs and equipment, including second hand goods, is still high compared to the financial capacity of the majority of students.

Expert Luke Kerr-Dineen at the American Golf Magazine said, newcomers to golf do not necessarily use the whole set. Based on the three basic areas of a golf course consisting of the tee box, the fairway and the green, he comes up with a set of five-card mini clubs. These are dedicated play bats – driver, 6 or 7 iron for the fairway, low-pitch wedges – pitching wedges when entering the green, high-pitch wedges to get rid of sand or rough grass traps and short-range chips, the rest are clubs putter – putter. This club structure applies to both practice and large court. Thus, the investment in tools will be significantly reduced.

In the case that the cost of buying the old set cannot be covered, accumulating each old tree until it meets the mini standard according to expert advice Kerr-Dineen is also one way.

Today, golf practice can be arranged in a “home-grown” layout. Because with a stick and a mini 47 x 34 cm training mat with a plastic ball of about 600 thousand VND, it is possible to practice polishing. In addition to the mini carpet, there is also a portable training tent, 2 m wide – 1.4 m high – 1 m deep, less than a million dong in the affordable segment. And there is no shortage of golf shops selling 10 balls and water polo balls with prices ranging from 80,000 to 90,000 VND, equivalent to two decent bowls of urban pho.

Mini practice mats can be a solution for students if studying golf at University.

Mini practice mats can be a solution for students if studying golf at University.

Golf courses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City currently charge fees in two popular forms including timing or ball quantity (50 or 100 balls), with prices ranging from 120,000 to 200,000 VND.

After the initial experiences, golf needs inspiration in students.

“The introduction of golf in the teaching was initially welcomed by the students. Many of the students shared their love for this subject on the center’s fan page. Some of you regretted that golf was not taught earlier”, he said. Nguyen Viet Hoa – Director of Center for Physical Education and Sports of Hanoi National University – speaking at the partnership announcement and training golf profession for teachers at the end of last year.

In contrast, Hong Bang University opened a golf major from 2018 but failed. “We anticipate the need for golf personnel. However, there are still no candidates applying for the past three years,” said Dr. Luong Thi Anh Ngoc, Head of the Faculty of Physical Education at Hong Bang University. VnExpress on March 24.

The Hong Bang University independent golf practice room has no players.  Photo: Quoc Huy

The Hong Bang University independent golf practice room has no players. Image: Quoc Huy

The school even included golf in the electives category in the physical education program for the first two years, which is expected to have a total of 10 sessions, but there are no registrars. And on March 24, the two golf simulator for initial vision training were covered with dust.

Quoc Huy


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