Visionary Crazy Golf course in London's Trafalgar Square
Courtesy of Visionary Crazy Golf
The "pigeon hole" in the proposed Visionary Crazy Golf course would see golfers hit their balls into the mouth of an oversized version of London's famed Trafalgar Square pigeons.
 
It doesn't more than a few minutes of browsing on Kickstarter to find all sorts of wild and crazy ideas. One of the coolest ones on there right now comes from the good folks at the London Design Festival.
 
Their dream: To build what they call a Visionary Crazy Golf course smack in the middle of London's famed Trafalgar Square. The miniature golf course would be open for one week only – during the London Design Festival in September – and would be "futuristic, fun and free for the public to play," according to the pitch on Kickstarter.
 
The course, which has already been approved by the London city government, would feature holes created by some of the world's most renowned architects, artists and clothing designers. The project is spearheaded by Sir Paul Smith, well known in London for his clothing and accessories designs.
 
 
Smith's hole would "transform  the steps of the National Gallery into a riot of different coloured stripes, topped by a neo-classical clubhouse that echoes the museum, but has a turf roof and putters for columns," according to the Kickstarter pitch. Zaha Hadid, the world-renowned architect who died suddenly a few weeks ago, created an undulating hole with two levels that traces the shadow of the famed Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
 
One of the other holes would see golf balls hurtling through a nest of pneumatic tubes; another would be a maze; yet another would be a small netted driving range; and another would feature a cross-section of one of Trafalgar Square's many resident pigeons through whose gut the golf balls would travel.
 
The course would be the most ambitious "intervention" in the London Design Festival's decade-long tradition of making over Trafalgar Square, Smith said. Previous installations have included a giant chess set and a light show performed by an assembly line of robots. These creations, festival officials say, are enjoyed by millions of visitors and bring an awareness of design and its possibilities to the London city center.
 
 
The course creators are seeking £120,000 – roughly $175,000 – to make it happen. That would account for half the cost, with sponsorships slated to cover the rest.
 
The course will transform Trafalgar Square "into a free, colourful and playful arena," Smith says on Kickstarter. "It will attract a wide, public audience, and inspire the next generation of creatives. Thousands will be able to play the course, and millions more will watch and enjoy this experience, both in the square and through media."
 
It sounds pretty crazy, all right. If you're interested in pitching in, there are a number of different price points offering a variety of rewards in return. You can get a mug for $36, and for $43 you get to cut the line and play the course ahead of the general public. 
 
If you want to see more photos, illustrations and a sizzle video for the project, check out the Visionary Crazy Golf page on Kickstarter. And if you want to kick in a few bucks to reserve me a priority tee time, that'd be brilliant.
 
KickStarter campaign wants to build "crazy" golf course in London's Trafalgar Square
Faces of Golf at PGA National
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The "Faces of Golf" sculpture features bas relief portraits of 116 golfers from Mary, Queen of Scots to four-time major champion Rory McIlroy.
 
At the Open Championship last summer, acclaimed artist Lawrence Holofcener unveiled a pretty impressive piece of golf art. His sculpture, "Faces of Golf," features a collection of portraits of golfers, golf course designers and golf commentators who've made their mark on golf history down through the years.
 
The original work's permanent home is the British Golf Museum in St. Andrews, but a new casting recently went on display at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – the home of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Holofcener is British-American and lives in nearby West Palm Beach. This is the only copy of the work in the United States. 
 
"Faces of Golf is our resort's most recent addition of artwork and has been a real conversation starter since its installation just prior to the Honda Classic," said James Gelfand, general manager of the PGA National Members Club. "Its prominent display in the hallway en route to the PGA pro shop and golf courses evidences our respect for the game's proud heritage."
 
 
The sculpture – started in clay and finished in bronze – features bas relief portraits of 116 golfers from Mary, Queen of Scots – an avid golfer whose reign spanned 25 years in the 16th century – to four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. Also among the faces are Seve Ballesteros, Laura Davies, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Phil Mickelson, Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino, Harry Vardon and Tiger Woods.
 
"I have long been a fan of professional golf and felt inspired to celebrate the careers of these great men and women I have followed and their legendary predecessors,"  said Holofcener, whose most famous work is "Allies," a sculpture of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt sitting on a park bench deep in conversation. "As an artist, I wanted to create a sculpture which includes faces of people from different times, different places and different backgrounds – a representation of some of the remarkable people who have contributed, over the years, to this wonderful game."
 
If you'd llike to see more, here's a video from Golfing World on the "Faces of Golf" unveiling at the British Golf Museum last summer:
 
 
"Faces Of Golf" sculpture now on display at PGA National Resort
Bubba Watson and friends make 23-second eagle
Bubba Watson via Twitter
Randall Wells (l) and caddie Ted Scott turned to celebrate the 23-second eagle they made with Bubba Watson, who's waaaay back on the teebox.
 
Remember the other day when we showed you a group of European Tour players who set a new Guinness World Record for playing the fastest par-5 hole ever? Bubba Watson saw that, too, and he and his buddies set out to break that brand-new mark.
 
ICYMI, at the Spanish Open two weeks ago, three teams of European Tour players set out to break the world record for fastest par-5 hole ever played – it had to be 500 yards or longer to count. Sergio Garcia, Raphael Jacquelin and Thorbjorn Olesen essentially created relay teams down the length of the 500-yard, par-5 fifth hole at Valderrama Golf Club – the first player drives the ball out near where the second player is standing; he then tries to hit it up by the green, where the third player is stationed; and so on, until the ball is in the cup.
 
Jacquelin and his teammates shattered the old record, and their 34.8-second birdie earned them a plaque from the Guinness Book of World Records. You can see their hilarious video here.
 
 
The other day, halfway around the world at Genzou Golf Club in China, Bubba and friends came up with an ingenious way to break the record – the longest part of the attempt comes in having to hit two long shots to reach the green. So they found a 503-yard par-5 hole with a huge dogleg around a lake and had Bubba drive it directly over the lake at the green.
 
He bombed his tee shot as you'd expect, and it landed in a greenside bunker, where his longtime friend Randall Wells hit a gorgeous shot to about three feet. From there, Bubba's caddie Ted Scott knocked home the putt for an eagle. 
 
Their elapsed time: 23 seconds. Talk about speed golf!
 
The only downside to their achievement – no one from the Guinness Book was on hand to witness it. But Bubba posted the video on social media – and if that doesn't make it official, I don't know what does.
 
Here it is:
 
 
 
 
Bubba Watson and friends make an eagle in 23 seconds flat