The world’s most dangerous golf course… Is that really a thing? Golf isn’t a sport that people typically associate with danger. For most golfers the only real danger is the possibility of being hit in the back of the head by a wayward drive on pensioners Thursday.
The World’s Most Dangerous Golf Course
Despite how boring you might think golf is, one course in South Korea is dangerous as f@#$. Even the most extreme adrenaline junkie would think twice about going anywhere near it.
Behold Camp Bonifas Golf Course.
It is in a picturesque location right between a U.S./South Korea army base and the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). The course features one 175 metre par 3 hole.
Doesn’t sound too difficult right? Well here’s the kicker… A fairway surrounded by landmines. That’s right.
So if you miss the fairway and go searching through the rough for your ball there’s a decent chance you could be blown into pieces. A nearby sign says it all:
“Danger. Do not retrieve balls from the rough. Live mine fields.”
Camp Bonifas’s origin
Camp Bonifas Golf Course was built for US soldiers who were based in South Korea. Without any restaurants or Hoyts cinemas nearby they had to improvise. Thus the most badass golf course in the world was born.
Believe it or not, live unexploded mines are not the only problem. Players have also reported seeing animals like wild boars, Korean tigers (that are supposed to be extinct) and vampire deers.
Lt. Col. Matt Margotta, Camp Bonifas commander told Stars and Stripes that the course is great for the soldier’s morale.
“You miss your golf, but because of the operational requirements up here we never get the chance to leave. We make do with our one-hole course,” Margotta said.
“It’s not much, but given the lack of things to do up here for recreational purposes, it serves a need, and the soldiers enjoy it.”
Meanwhile in Australia
In more comforting golf news US Open champ Michelle Wie is on her way to Australia.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor