The World’s Most Dangerous Golf Course
August 8, 2012 Leave a Comment
Camp Bonifas in South Korea is notorious for being known as the most dangerous golf course in the world. If you have already played on a golf course where a small mistake could set off a land mine, you don’t have anything to worry about when you tee off.The deadly golf course hole is flanked by military style bunkers on the right and left sides, separated by an 18-foot high security fence. A nearby sign warns players: “DANGER: Do not retrieve balls from the rough, Live mine fields.”
Camp Bonifas got its name in 1976 in honor of Capt. Arthur Bonifas who was killed over a dispute with North Korean soldiers. It was built-in 1972 as an emotional outlet for the 50 American soldiers stationed in the area at a lonely outpost. With not much else in the surrounding area, the soldiers had no option but to convert the deadly area into a golf course. While they knew they couldn’t fit all 18 holes in the limited area, they decided to compensate by making the game extremely difficult. They created a layout that sliced through dense trees and created a fairway that was only 40 yards wide. Most golf holes would get boring after you played them again and again, but the soldiers stress that this one doesn’t.
There are a few other scary things besides active live land mines at the Camp Bonifas golf course. Over the years, the camp has been shrouded by scary rumors and sightings. Many players will tell you if you play alone, you can see and experience weird things. Witnesses have told stories of seeing animals like wild boars, Korean tigers, vampire deer, and even a bizarre creature many have referred to as a “man-bear-pig.”
The golf course was well maintained in the years when over 700 soldiers were stationed there. The fairway was mowed daily and was always kept green. One of the Army soldiers describes the site as a “zen garden where we hit little white balls.”