“Danger! Do not retrieve balls from the rough live mine fields” is what the sign says when you enter Camp Bonifas’ golf course in Panmunjom. Yup, it’s in North Korea, ok it’s actually in between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone. Oh, and the course only has one hole.
Panmunjom’s one and only hole is a 192 yard par three with an AstroTurf putting green, a gun tower, and LIVE MINE FIELDS in the rough! The hole is surrounded by the mine fields on three sides and it’s been reported that at least one mine has exploded due to a big slice off the tee.
The hole was build to provide a bit of recreation for the 50 soldiers stationed there. Camp Bonifas (formerly Camp Kitty Hawk) was named in honor of U.S. Army Captain Arthur Bonifas after he and 1st LT Mark Barrett were murdered in the axe murder incident of 1976. Camp Bonifas is the UN’s Joint Security Area that keeps an eye on the Armistice Agreement of 1953 made between the North and South.