Civil War and Golf
By mustang6560 on 2/8/12
Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, is in the middle of a civil war between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese Army. But, despite the political and civil unrest, members of the Kachin Independence Army are still able to enjoy a round of golf from time to time.
A 17-year cease-fire with Myanmar ended in June, and the military is now pushing the Kachin deeper into the hills. About 70,000 villagers have fled. The Kachin army still holds Laiza, the capital of the Kachin autonomous region, where the generals have established a command center on a hotel’s fourth floor. So despite mortar shelling elsewhere, golf goes on.

General Gun Maw got the idea for building a golf course here, on the banks of a river that forms the border, after he traveled to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, for a national conference in 2004 to discuss reconciliation with the Myanmar government. A handful golfed for the first time at the invitation of Burmese officials.
The first thing I did after reading this article was to search the oobgolf course database to see if we had Laiza Golf Club in it. Not surprisingly, we do not. It's only a six hole course and it's located in a war torn country. However, I was surprised to find out that we do have four courses in Myanmar in our system - Pun Hlaing Golf Club, Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club, Yangon Golf Club and Yangon City Golf Resort. It's crazy to think how far our influence stretches around the world.

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety because it is a fascinating read.

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photo by The U.S. Army

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bkuehn1952 says:
Thanks for the story link, Nate.
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