Hoboken Urban Golf
Have you ever heard of Urban Golf?
A Hoboken411 reader suggested this idea, and gosh it’s a terrific one!
What is Urban Golf?
Basically, Urban Golf is a mashup of real golf, urban landmarks (poles, street signs, sewer covers, etc.), and a whole lot of fun!
“A game played on a large outdoor course located in a non-residential section of a city, with a series of targets spaced far apart, the object being to propel a tennis ball with the use of various clubs toward each target with as few strokes as possible.”
Here are some suggested “Golden” rules:
#1 SHOW RESPECT
Respect your neighbors’ privacy and property. Pick your course away from populated areas. If the police ask you to leave a certain area, do so. Avoid altercations and do not give Urban Golf a bad reputation.
Vandalism, destruction of property and general rude behavior are for punk-ass kids and do not belong in this sport.
DON’T SCREW THIS UP FOR THE REST OF US.
#2 EVERYBODY SUCKS
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 bullshit 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.
#3 DON’T BE A CONTROL FREAK
There is no one person in charge. You are not the leader of the group. Get over yourself. All decisions and adjustments to the game should be agreed upon by the golfers present.
If you have a god complex, move to the mountains, start a cult, and stay the hell out of the way.
Let’s play in Hoboken!
I hope I’m not the only one who’d be interested in a fun game of Hoboken Urban Golf! It’s free, right in our neighborhood, and not filled with the pretentious snobbery usually associated with “real” golf.
Now’s the time to start organizing a perfect 9-hole course in the NW section of Hoboken. To illustrate what the course might look like, I made a map mock up to get us started. It’d be great to play 9 fun holes, then have some cold beers at a place like Carpe Diem. Time is running out before the whole city is developed wall-to-wall.
If anyone’s interested, please let me know. We can survey the area, and start plotting the holes. I have a perfect set of clubs we can use. Who’s game?