Side Note

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un should play golf along the DMZ

Thanks to the landmine-lined golf hole at Camp Bonifas, this is actually a thing that could happen.

Kim Jong-Un has been getting out more. In recent days, he’s met with with China’s President Xi Jinping, sat down with the head of the International Olympic Committee, and attended a K-Pop performance as part of a cultural exchange program with South Korea. (Additionally, Axios is reporting that Kim may pay Russia an official state visit.) In part, these diplomatic efforts seem to be an attempt to increase Kim’s bargaining power during his upcoming meeting with Donald Trump — which, while the details are very much in the air, is by all accounts still on.

So, the question remains: Where the fuck are the North Korea guy and the America guy supposed to meet?

I have the answer, and it involves a one-hole golf course named after a man who was axed to death.

I present to you Camp Bonifas, dubbed “the world’s most dangerous golf course” by the Los Angeles Times. Built in 1972, the course is located right along the DMZ separating North and South Korea. Its green is covered in astroturf rather than grass; the rough lining its fairways is full of landmines instead of not-landmines. Due to the fact that no one lives there, the DMZ itself is one of the most biodiverse strips of land in the world, meaning that it’s not uncommon to spot rare goats, birds, and deer with literal fangs while playing. It’s the golf course that Trump and Kim deserve.

Trump’s love of golf is well-documented, and Kim Jong-Un, for some reason, is really into mini-golf. Due to a misunderstanding of golf scoring conventions, it has been widely reported that Kim Jong-Un’s father, Kim Jong-Il, shot 38-under-par score of 34 the first time he played golf (in actuality, he shot a much more believable 34-over-par score of 106).

The fact that such a thing as the DMZ still exists — and that American soldiers have spent so much time there that they built a golf hole on it — is a sobering reminder that, technically, we’re still at war with North Korea.