Believe It or Not!
Next time you’ve got a hankering for some tee shots AND you happen to be in North and South Korea’s De-militarized zone, you might want to visit the area’s best golf course…if you’ve got the balls.
“Danger! Do not retrieve balls from the rough; live mine fields” greets visitors before they step onto the course, which contains an AstroTurf putting green. However, hitting the ball off the fairway means that it probably won’t be retrieved. Heavy barbed wire marks out of bounds on the left; a six-foot-deep military trench runs along the right.
“It’s a very hard green,” says 22-year-old Staff Sgt. Derrick Meisenheimer. “Pretty much everything bounces off the green.”
…and into North Korea rather. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, local soldiers have reported some natural hazards as well. Golfers have spotted wild boars, Korean tigers, and water deer (sometimes called “vampire deer” for their protruding fangs). Not exactly the hazards you were thinking of, huh?
There isn’t much of anything on this army post, and there are only so many places you can go. This one-hole golf course, still remains as one of the few and favorite forms of entertainment for the folks in U.S. Army Camp Bonifas. Especially, when there’s always the chance of an exploding golf ball near by.