SEOUL, August 11 (Korea Bizwire)Team caddy fees at South Korean public golf courses have risen sharply over the past 10 years, a civic group said Wednesday.

According to the Golf Consumer Agency of Korea, the caddy fee per team at domestic public golf courses reached 138,500 won ($106) in August, up 39.5 percent from 99,300 won in 2012.

Caddy fees per team at membership golf courses also increased by 38.3% over the same period.

In a survey of national golf courses over 18 holes, including 242 public golf courses and 154 fee golf courses, the caddy fee per team was 140,000 won for 156 golf courses, 130,000 won for 130 golf courses and 150,000 won for 106 golf courses.

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The number of golf courses with a team caddy fee of 140,000 won rose to 146 in May and 156 in August from one in 2020.

“The demand for caddies is increasing due to the proliferation of golf courses and the growing popularity of night golf. Nonetheless, the supply of new shopping carts remains low,” the agency said.

“Thanks to these factors, shopping cart fees are expected to continue to rise for the time being.”

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