The world's highest altitude golf course

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We arrived in la Paz at about 7am in the morning, got off the bus and negotiated a taxi back to the hostel. I had to wait another 2 hours for some of the tour agencies in town to open up so I did a bit of research into the golf at la Paz golf course; the worlds highest altitude course. The tour agency where we booked uyuni opened up and we went in to see what kind of discount we could get seeing as tho we just dropped a lot of money there. Our discount ended up being the total of $3 and after the experience the retarded guy there put us through we moved over to the agency up the road.

The lady there was super nice so I booked my golf (for $5 more expensive than the other agency but you know what, I'd do it again. At the end of the day it is nothing to me and that's what you get for shit service. If you go to la Paz, please do not book any tours through the agency in the hostel or the agency directly next door. Anyway I had golf booked for 1pm and Jenny saw this as an opportunity to go shopping as we had a few hours to kill. It is ridiculous the amount of stuff she managed to buy (9kg to be exact) which was accompanied by a new bag so she could take it back to Canada.

After 2 hours of shopping we got back to the hostel, jemmy decided she also wanted to play golf, and were picked up by our lovely tour guide Tania (the fairy queen, apparently). We had awesome Spanish conversation for about half an hour and then arrived at a lookout so we could see the city. It's pretty beautiful but again just another massive concrete jungle but the mountains and hills that surround it are stunning.

We continued and got to the course and met our Spanish speaking caddies, mine was Umberto but I don't remember what Jenny's was called. We started the first hole and Jenny declares that she has never played golf before. The look on the caddies faces was priceless... My first nine was pretty terrible. I shot a 55, but the course is hard... I found water a few times, hit just about every bunker on the course, but Umberto was always there to pick me up. I couldn't get my club lengths right because of the altitude so kept over shooting the greens or pulling up short. After the first mine, the caddies thought their job was done... Unfortunately not boys, still got another 9 with us.

The second nine started a little better, but it was hole number 12 that really impressed me. The signature hole on the course called the lunar hole for good reason. You are pretty much hitting the ball over the moon onto a very very small green. Any short, long or left and bye bye ball. I put mine right and ended up with a bogey which I was happy with. Jenny also cleared the traps which impressed all of us walking around. The rest of the course was more of the same, lots and lots of bogeys for me, and Jenny sure let me have it when she got par on one of the par 3's (even though she cheated).

We punched on through and got to the 18th which could again be a signature hole if it faced the opposite direction. You tee of with a 6000masl snowcapped mountain behind you, and more lunar landscape on the left. It is a pretty beautiful course and if you play golf I would highly recommend it even though it is a bit expensive. After 18 i ended up with 105... We tipped the caddies a whole $50 bolivianos which is less than $10 but they were stoked with it which made us feel good. We got our certificates and took some photos, then got a cab to the market as Jenny hadn't quite finished her shopping. :$ another hour or two at the market resulted in more purchases.

We finally got back to the hostel, got our bags and then the task of packing started. When we went to uyuni we left all of the stuff we weren't taking in my bag which meant it was heavy, I told Jenny not to repack my bag which meant that her bag was 12kg and mine was 25... We said bye to Leah and cooper (again), who miraculously appeared at the hostel earlier this morning then went to sleep at 11pm.

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