The escalating tensions that the United States and South Korea are dealing with in regards to North Korea has apparently ended the existence of a 36-hole golf facility on Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea.
The Lotte Sky Hill Golf Course became the site of the American Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) an anti-ballistic missile defense system capable of shooting missiles out of the sky. Originally, THAAD was to be deployed on the Seongsan anti-aircraft missile base but protests by local residents and security concerns forced the move and Lotte Sky Hill was chosen.
According to multiple reports, the course met all six criteria established by the Ministry of National Defense: operational availability, safety of the population, equipment and operation, distance from residential areas, cost of construction and the time required to prepare the site for the system.
The purchase of the site from the Lotte Group is predicted to cost roughly $91 million. The THAAD is expected to be operational by the end of this year.