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Gov't to temporarily lift lighting restrictions on golf courses

All Headlines 22:32 June 24, 2011

SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- The government said Friday it will temporarily lift nighttime lighting restrictions on golf courses that have been in force since March as part of its energy conservation program.

The government move comes after a Seoul Administrative Court ruled in favor of 36 golf courses that had sought an injunction against government restrictions on the use of floodlights to tee off at nighttime.

The Korea Golf Course Business Association had said the government restrictions did more harm than good by forcing golf clubs to lay off many employees due to the loss of nighttime golfers.

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy said it will respect the court's decision and no longer take disciplinary or administrative actions against golf clubs that violate the restrictions.

There are currently 213 private and 169 public golf courses in South Korea.

The government restrictions were enforced on March 8 after international crude prices surged above the US$100 per barrel mark, following political unrest in some oll-producing countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

"The restrictions were a legitimate move to get people to conserve energy," a ministry official said, adding that the move may be re-introduced if crude oil prices rise sharply.

yonngong@yna.co.kr
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