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World’s Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)
IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis

Posted on 04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs

Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper - US Army Korea - IMCOM - September 18, 2009

Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea soldiers over pruning a poplar tree. The camp lies 400 meters south of the DMZ's southern border, and that remote location offers little entertainment to the folks stationed there. So in 1972, a group of soldiers decided to make their own fun by constructing a golf course. There was only room for one hole, so the builders decided to up the ante on the hazards. The small astroturf green is surrounded on three sides by live mines. Once your ball has rolled out of bounds, it's gone. Still the soldiers have said there's a certain zen to hitting the balls down their deadly course. Par is three, but hitting par is rare.

While the most obvious hazards are man-made, the 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). Some have even claimed to have seen a creature they call "man-bear-pig," which sounds like Al Gore's least favorite cryptid from South Park, but which the soldiers were apparently serious about.

What the folks stationed out there would really like, though, is a little money to help them clean up the course a bit. Not to remove the mines, of course. After all, the possibility of an exploding golf ball is most of the fun.


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MAN BEAR PIG! Pictures, Images and Photos Al Gore's Man-Bear-Pig ... last seen on the Korean DMZ
1 posted on 04/28/2012 9:15:08 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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COLUMN ONE: First and last tee at the DMZ : The golf course along the Koreas’ frontier has a single hole, but myriad obstacles. Not the least of which is a minefield in the rough.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/nov/14/world/fg-dmz-golf14


2 posted on 04/28/2012 9:17:40 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


3 posted on 04/28/2012 9:19:17 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Boredom is mankind’s second most dangerous mental state.


4 posted on 04/28/2012 9:26:45 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1194 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DogByte6RER; jessduntno; onedoug; cincinnati65; PISANO; IonImplantGuru; Rummyfan; Aussie Dasher; ...
Man-bear-pig?



5 posted on 04/28/2012 9:33:55 AM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: DogByte6RER

There is a 9 hole course on St. Lucia, in the Caribbean, that is adjacent to an active, through fairly quiet, volcano ( IIRC it’s called Souffriere) I played it once in the late 70’s..out of bounds on one hole is literally a lava pit..


6 posted on 04/28/2012 9:36:51 AM PDT by ken5050 (The ONLY reason to support Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear at the WH each Christmas)
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To: DogByte6RER
Brisbane's Carbrook Golf Club isn't much safer (bull sharks landlocked when flood receded) ...


7 posted on 04/28/2012 9:38:54 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: DogByte6RER

So that’s why Barry went to Korea to visit the DMZ! The one golf hole he hasn’t visited in the past 3 years......By the way I heard the Glorious Leader hit a hole in one...LOL!


8 posted on 04/28/2012 9:42:15 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Baynative

heh, heh. Thanks for the ping, BN.


9 posted on 04/28/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: null and void

When someone says life is boring tell them to risk it.
The sane will change their mind after doing so.


10 posted on 04/28/2012 9:50:35 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: DogByte6RER

OK, I had to Bing Vampire Deer. Who knew?


11 posted on 04/28/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: DogByte6RER; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs

Dude, take the penalty stroke.


12 posted on 04/28/2012 10:41:02 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: manic4organic

Pictures?


13 posted on 04/28/2012 10:46:05 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
"Golfers have spotted wild boars, Korean tigers, and water deer (sometimes called "vampire deer" for their protruding fangs)."

Many people are surprised to find out that the DMZ is one of the richest wildlife preserves on the Korean peninsula. Apart from PMJ, and the rare line crosser, the DMZ has been a 150 mile long, 4 km strip that has seen virtually no human activity since 1953.

14 posted on 04/28/2012 10:46:42 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: RoosterRedux

Bull Sharks? That’s Australian for water hazard!


15 posted on 04/28/2012 10:58:47 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: DogByte6RER
Man, I really don't wanna golf that badly.
16 posted on 04/28/2012 11:02:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: rmlew

The bull sharks would not bother me. It would be the salt crocs that would scare me!


17 posted on 04/28/2012 11:07:12 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: DogByte6RER; Slings and Arrows

18 posted on 04/28/2012 11:20:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: DogByte6RER

Been there but didn’t play...the view from the gym is all concertina and land mines too.


19 posted on 04/28/2012 11:23:44 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: advertising guy; Clint N. Suhks

A place to try out?


20 posted on 04/28/2012 11:53:57 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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Click the link. The Republic you save may be your own.

21 posted on 04/28/2012 12:03:22 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: DogByte6RER

22 posted on 04/28/2012 1:07:38 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: DogByte6RER

Give me a few hundered free tee shots and I can neutralize the OB landmines........


23 posted on 04/28/2012 1:16:17 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: Springman

reminds me of a favorite book....I’ll Jump Over The Cliff by Hugo Phirst


24 posted on 04/28/2012 2:23:59 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Slo Joe Biden " I promise you the President has a big stick, but Michelle's is bigger ")
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To: Springman; advertising guy

I don’t really play, just watch.

Be fun to watch ya’ll play:-O


25 posted on 04/28/2012 5:24:02 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks; advertising guy

I don’t either, but we’ll watch AG hook a few into NK or set off some land mines.


26 posted on 04/28/2012 5:51:15 PM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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To: DogByte6RER

27 posted on 04/28/2012 5:56:47 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Sounds like a Tiger Woods course....even though it was OB he still liked to *hit it*


28 posted on 04/28/2012 6:11:17 PM PDT by wyokostur
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To: DogByte6RER

Smack in the middle of Waikoloa Golf Course on Hawaii is a petroglyph field called ‘King’s Walk” It is a fascinating place to study ancient rock carvings...but watch out for flying golf balls! :-)

Not nearly as exciting as the DMZ golf course, i must admit...although the locals say that there are “Warrior Ghosts” there at night.


29 posted on 04/28/2012 6:13:46 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: DogByte6RER

Has any body been killer there while golfing on this coarse?


30 posted on 04/28/2012 6:22:12 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: Slings and Arrows
Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea soldiers over pruning a poplar tree.

Ya know that is a new way to go.

Most people exit this mortal coil in the usual ways, heart attacks, sweetart overdose, traffic accidents, walnuts thrown by squirrels, an accidental mixing of Zotz and Pepsi or bludgeoned by exasperated spouses but I dare say he is the only American in history who died in that fashion.

I raise a glass to your memory sir! And if I should ever find my self back in the DMZ I will ask to play a round and stand a round in your honor.

31 posted on 04/28/2012 10:07:06 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (In most cases, revenge is not a good thing. In other cases, it's the only thing.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Ping to the memory of Art Bonifas.

Rick Atkinson, The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point's Class of 1966

Jack Wheeler, same class, died under mysterious cicumstances, Washington DC.

Thirty other members killed in Vietnam.

RIP, All....

32 posted on 04/29/2012 7:36:00 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: rawhide
The bull sharks would not bother me. It would be the salt crocs that would scare me!
The last time I went fishing a bull shark almost as large as the the two-person row boat decided to investigate. We cut the lines and prayed. The next hour as we carefully made our way back to shore was the longest in my life.
33 posted on 04/30/2012 12:25:11 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: DogByte6RER

34 posted on 04/30/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: onedoug

“Ping to the memory of Art Bonifas.
Rick Atkinson, The Long Gray Line: The American Journey of West Point’s Class of 1966

Jack Wheeler, same class, died under mysterious cicumstances, Washington DC.

Thirty other members killed in Vietnam.

RIP, All.... “
i have an autographed copy, as well as a pic from the newspaper of him/me while he signed it in the cadet bookstore....


35 posted on 04/30/2012 1:31:44 PM PDT by red devil 40
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To: red devil 40

Very cool. I’ve been there too.

Recall McArthur’s “Duty, Honor, Country” speech?

“As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, “Where are you bound for, General?” And when I replied, “West Point”, he remarked, “Beautiful place. Have you ever been there before?”


36 posted on 04/30/2012 5:08:45 PM PDT by onedoug
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