Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Golf in Florence

Italy, not Oregon. Bernhard Langer and Rich Beem were among the golfers who participated at the Ponte Vecchio International Approach Championship in December. This event matched players in a contest of approach shots from the famous Ponte Vecchio, the Florence bridge known as the birthplace of bankruptcy. This event, with a minuscule 1st-place prize of $25,000, was also played in freezing temperatures. Does that sound like fun? Some people just can't pass up the chance to hit golf balls of a six-century-old landmark.

Was it an old Tiger commercial where he was playing the world as his golf course? What would be some good landmarks that would work with golf? The Great Wall for a fairway? Alcatraz for an island green? Playing putt-putt at Stonehenge?

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