Situated within the Louisiana State Penitentiary compound, this entire golf club is a hazard. If you thought your club had some strict guidelines, wait till you hear the requirements for playing at this fortress.
According to the club’s website, you will undergo a full background check before being subjected to random searches. Your round can be suspended at any moment due to “institutional need, or at the warden’s discretion.” You can forget a post-round beer, that’s not allowed; neither are guns, knives, drugs and any other such contraband that you always pack for the golf course.
“More than 75 percent of the 5,400 prisoners at Angola, are serving life sentences or are on death row,”
Josh Begley, Tomorrow Magazine.
This leaves roughly 20% of the prison population eligible for a job working on the course. Warden Burl Cain stated that he built the course so employees would be enticed to stay at Angola over weekends, to provide support in case of an emergency. I guess you need an excuse to unwind when you’re working in an environment with 75 people on death row.
This course makes our list of “4 most dangerous golf courses in the world” and it’s easy to see why. Golf appears in some of the most inhospitable parts of the world. They crop up everywhere, from the Korean Demilitarised Zone to the Kabul Golf Club–where you have armed guards.
The irony of such a placid sport emerging in a range of violent contexts is truly unique. One thing is for sure, the vast majority of professional golfers would need some serious protection in prison. Here are five golfers who need to avoid dropping the soap, and five who would be just fine.