Afghanistan and Golf: Two worlds apart
I recently read an amazing article about one of the most famous and least used golf courses in the entire world- Kabul Golf Club in Qargha, Afghanistan.
This place is chalked full of history and mystery. The mystery being why anyone would every want to go play there, and the history is rich with battle and drama. The club originally opened in 1967. It flaunted a 6-hole course when it first opened and claimed 11 straight years of sport and sun until politics interrupted play in 1978.
In 1978 it was closed by a communist coup d’etat. After re-opening in 1993 the club enjoyed three whole years before more political interference. In 1996 the Taliban regime made a country-wide ban on sports.
In 2001, after the invasion of Afghanistan, the course was used as a military training area to teach soldiers how to remove land mines. In 2004 the Kabul Golf club reopened after removing three Soviet tanks and a handful of missile launchers from the site. Since then the golf course has been open, though only used sporadically due to the variable nature of the regions political climate.
In recent years there has been a large push for funding of the golf club. Media sources from around the world, such as the BBC, Time, CNN, and The New York Times have all given attention to the Afghani golf club. Only time will tell whether or not the club will overcome the war-times and be able to sustain regular play.