The World’s Most Dangerous Golf Course

The LA Times has a fun story on a single hole golf course at US Army Camp Bonifas, just south of the DMZ in Korea.

Reporting from U.S. Army Camp Bonifas, South Korea –  You stand atop an elevated tee box on the first and only hole of the world’s most dangerous golf course.

And you consider your chances.

This deadly little par 3 measures 192 yards but plays more like 250 in the face of the vicious winds that often blow out of North Korea across an exclusive piece of real estate called the DMZ just a few yards away.

Underneath your feet and off to the right are bunkers. The military kind. To the left, over an 18-foot-high security fence topped by concertina wire, are hazards that make high rough, deep water and dense woods seem like child’s play.

Try countless unexploded mines—the very definition of out-of-bounds. One herky-jerky backswing, one snap hook yanked out of your bag at the wrong moment and . . . ba-boom!

A sign nearby drives the point home: “Danger. Do not retrieve balls from the rough. Live mine fields.”

It’s a testament to man’s desire to play golf.

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