Sunday, June 04, 2006

Urban Golf

Rule No. 2

The worse you play, the more fun you have. And that's what this game is about. Having fun, not winning. Leave your competitiveness on the PGA tour. Boasting and other petty BS does not belong on the urban course.

If you can't check yourself, put on your plaid pants, hop in your SUV and take it to Pebble Beach.
I don't get golf...

...but I can dig ((urban golf)) :: I like the idea that disused urban spaces / areas of land are reused for fun... not winning. There is a whole subculture built around this :: check out (( :: ideals like showing respect and playing for fun are ideals I can get behind.

Think different!

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Anonymous said...

This is awesome. I so suck at real golf. My clubs are sitting in the garage! Where did you find out about this?

weareallghosts said...

I don't like elitism in golf and was trying to prove a point when I stumbled across urban golf in wikipedia.

The point I was trying to prove was that golf was created by the working classes and has been stolen by the middle class.

Anonymous said...

If you dont play it you wont know that golf is a game for everyone not just the middle classes, it is the most self leveling game in the world a game all about, walking, talking and sharing. Give it a go sometime.

weareallghosts said...

I have played golf... my anonymous friend... and agree it is a self-leveller. It is about challenging self >> something I understand from my years on a skateboard...

However, I disagree with it being for everyone... Think about the barriers to entry :: If the fees don't put you off...then the dresscode will! Golf is no longer a poorman's sport.

I am all for walking, talking and sharing... in a place where anyone can join the conversation.

Thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes! That is totally mad! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Golf can be played at a level where there is no entry fees to be payed no club to join, no dress code, they call it municipal golf.
I think you might find if you look back to the origins of golf it was started by the wealthy and played mostly by the wealthy as only they had the time of work to play the game.
I agree that some golf courses and clubs are ruled and run by members only rules, but many municipal golf clubs are in existance today. For example St Andrews Golf course is municipal.

weareallghosts said...

Anon, thanks for your comment... Please introduce yourself (I assume you are the same Anon as earlier)

Personally, I thought it was miners and manual workers who started golf in Fife... I don't think they are the wealthy you refer to. Had a wee look on Wikipedia but couldn't find anything to back this up.

I like the concept of municipality and eager to see if there are any courses of this type in my area :: btw - Which St Andrews course do you refer to?

At the end of the day, urban golf does appeal to me... because it isn't owned by anyone other than the players.

Anonymous said...

Hi Headphonaught
In the Early to mid 1500s the kings of the country played golf along side shop keepers and land owners, in the 1700s King James the V1 re-legalised the playing of golf in the kingdom (Google it)
I see from your profile you live in Motherwell, you have several municipal golf courses in your area, Hamilton, Coatbridge, East Kilbride etc. Not to forget the famous Old Course of St Andrews a municipal course!!
Why did you give the sport up, were you just not good enough?

Anonymous said...

Do you mean that this is not the norm for golf, I have been in some pretty strange locations during a round, some of which looked like your link, to say my golf was poor at the weekend would be an incredible understatement.I think I might take up this Urban Golf thingy.
Ask anon to book me on to St Andrews golf course (the municipal one)he/she can pay the green fees though.

weareallghosts said...

Hey big bubaluba... I never really picked the game up >> just couldn't get beyond certain things... my playing was one.

Did google the origins and was surprised... Liked the bit about a King banning it because his archers were too interested in playing golf.

Was aware of non-club courses in my area and will check them out. Used to go to the driving range in Hamilton...

Have to say you've done a good job in getting me thinking about golf. Hmm!


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