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The (Second) Highest Golf Course in the World

Mark Twain called golf “a good walk spoiled.” It’s hard to say what he would have said about La Paz Golf Club, the second highest course in the world.

For decades, Boliva’s La Paz Golf Club held the Guiness World Record for the highest golf club in the world. It’s since lost that distinction to a club in East Sikkim, India, but there’s no reason to think it will lost its second-place designation any time soon.

At 3,291m (10,800 ft.), the La Paz Golf Club offers stunning views from its well groomed links. The club is only minutes from downtown La Paz overlooking the beautiful and bizarre Valle de la Luna.

No hole is more impressive than the 12th where an island tee box sets the stage for views of an enormous canyon to the rear, while trying to force your concentration and carry the 180 yard rocky out-crop to reach the fairway ahead.

For decades, Boliva’s La Paz Golf Club held the Guinness World Record for the highest golf club in the world. It’s since lost that distinction but there’s no reason to think it will lost its second-place designation any time soon.

First built by British railroad workers in 1912, the original 9-hole course in El Alto was displaced when they constructed Tambo International Airport so it was relocated and has been played in the posh Mallasilla area since the 1940s.

At this elevation, you’re likely to play some of the best rounds of your life. At the high elevation, reduced air resistance promises some epic drives. The rule of thumb when playing in altitude is you gain 15% distance for every mile (1.6 km.) above sea level. This means you stand to gain as much as 30% on your drives here as you approach two miles straight up. If you can stand the altitude, you’ve got a great shot at making birdie, even on that tricky, in-between-club shot.

With $40 green fees and a spectacular setting, this course is ideal when searching for a great 18 holes and an escape from the bustle of La Paz. With a 100 year hertiage, views of the mountains, and the altitude on your side, there is no better place to play in South America.

The par 71 plays 6,939 yds. off the blue tees, 6,153 yds. off the whites and 5,654 yds. off the reds, challenging any skill level.