Located just south of the Korean Demilitarised Zone, Camp Bonifas is the furthest you can get from a country club. The golf green is made out of artificial turf, marked off by barbed wire on one side and a six-foot deep military trench on the other. The cup is made out of old PVC pipes.

The course was built in 1972 to provide some entertainment for U.S soldiers stationed in the DMZ. Building it was a challenge - there was no space for a full 18 hole golf course, so the army decided that the only way to make the course interesting was to make it extremely difficult, cutting through large sections of dense forest. The trees, though, are the least of the hazards on the couse. A sign at the entrance warns: “Danger: Do not retrieve balls from the rough. Live mines.” while another local legend talks of golfers seeing visions of vampire deer and man-bear-pigs. Recently, a few soldiers have given the golf course a facelift, mowing the lawns and adding astroturf. Unexploded landmines in the rough continue to be a problem, though. Nobody ever goes looking for lost balls. 


FALLOUT is a series of blog posts that explore the side-effects of war.

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