London Urban Golf: “Halifax Style” Reaches the Other Side of the Pond

Fodder fires away on the banks of the Thames.

With Special Contributor – Katie “Fodder” Fotheringham

As mentioned there has been considerable interest in our game not only here in Halifax but from a lot of places around the country, and yes, around the globe.

I don’t know why this has come all of a sudden as the idea of urban golf is not new; though our adaption to make it less harmful to the community and the infused principles do make it some what novel.  Why the uptake?  Maybe the underlying philosophy that has developed has hit a chord with people.  I have a lot of travel coming up so I have been telling people to get their cities ready to golf and it has worked out for sure.  GO! is gonna help me with some analytic code for the site to find out where (exactly) all the hits are coming from. Perhaps that will give some insight.

The latest report, and one I am super stoked about, is from Katie “Fodder” Fotheringham in London, England.  Katie and I go way back to me serving drinks to her when I used to bartend in this burgh.  We now both work in the sustainability field and I will be seeing her in about a month which is going to be a hella good time.

She is really stoked about urban golf which we have begun to refer to as the “Halifax style” which, in turn, excites me because except for donairs there is very little of anything that has a “style” in Halifax that is unique to it.  This is not a slag.  It is the truth.  But it is a good thing since like Minnesota:

…[Halifax] is dope
If only simply for not what we have but what we don’t
It’s all fair, it ain’t out there, it’s in there
It’s in the mirror, behind the breast, under the hair
Follow the dream doesn’t mean leave the love
Roam if you must, but come home when you’ve seen enough.

There are endless ways to give the love: from puppy to Grace; from Rumi to St. Theresa of Avila.  But there is something special and inexplicable about the love these people show this town.  Though lately living in this city has felt like watching a lover dying just before her prime.  I am going to tip my hand a bit.  There has been considerable talk amongst our crew about ways of using our game to help bring back the city.  We will think on it.  But I digress.

Anyway, Katie is showing the Halifax style a whole lot of love by bringing it to an international city so I will let her speak about it in her own words:

On Saturday, my brother Peter and i started by picking up a little 3 iron from one of the charity shops in Pimlico, rummaged up a few tennis balls and headed off to Tower Bridge to hit our first little round! Now, let me say first off that this is a particularly great way to see the sights of an unknown city without feeling like a complete ‘wanker’ of a tourist. But naturally, this being a city with LOADS of people, the key rule of “Respect” is an absolute must to obey. As a result, many of the ‘holes’ we have been shooting have been more in the medium-range mini-putt family, but ridiculously fun nonetheless (a few notable exceptions being Hyde Park, the greens of Tower of London and a few little spots in Pete’s local hood)
We’ve encountered a bit of resistance from the authorities here and there, each one emphasizing the obvious fact that we are ‘on camera’ everywhere we go, and somehow, i don’t think the road hockey excuse would have done us much good- but it never mattered anyway, there are always greener links to move on to!

Anyhoo, just wanted to shoot you this quick note to let you know that we are having an absolute blast, have recruited quite a few people, and that this unassuming, easygoing and highly adaptable game has provided endless hours of amusement- and the trip is only half over!

Rad. I have a lot to say about her message but I am going to let it ride for a while.

Much love Katie.

Respect: P.


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