Mo’s just getting into the swing of it.

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Discussion (20)¬

  1. jb says:

    How about a five hole mini-golf laid out over the sacred body of Jesus? You see, you believe, you win!

  2. Michael says:

    Oh no, Author is punishing us.

  3. CliffB says:

    Jesus is going a fairway towards endorsing this method of encouraging people to join the club. Jesus is obviously a chip off the old block and has a lot of drive to putt over his point of view. Par for the course, really.

  4. Someone says:

    Quite a stroke of genius, even if the traditionalists are in the rough. They just need to get into the swing of things and not get their heads stuck in the sand. After all, the last thing they’ll want to do is drive a wedge between them and the masses, which will only increase the church’s handicap in drawing in a crowd.

    Jesus balls.

  5. Quine Duhem says:

    I pray to the holy trinity of Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player that not one believer in the only true path loses their faith in golf and converts to the false creed of the Church of England. Tiger save us from the blasphemers.

  6. Vinnie Vidivici says:

    I’m sure they’ll iron things out.

  7. Vanity Unfair says:

    In my days as a caddie I often heard golfers calling upon a variety of sacred names to witness the efficacy or otherwise of a particular stroke. Having the course within holy ground should result in a better connection to the recipient. I wonder whether there is a sufficiently improved quality of appeal to run an experiment.

  8. Son of Glenner says:

    You couldn’t make it up – reality is beyond satire!

  9. Well, it just makes sense, eh. When your core product isn’t moving, you have to develop a new line. I’m surprised they are ignoring the retail space potential. Or are they?

  10. pete says:

    The holee of holees

  11. Deimos says:

    Hang on a minute – I thought that JC was very much opposed to non religious enterprises on holy
    premises. Anyone remember how upset he was with the moneylenders in the temple ?

  12. Troubleshooter says:

    Deimos, THOSE guys were independents. They didn’t work for J, so out came the whip. THIS little piece of BS has his personal approval … so of COURSE it goes ahead!

  13. Troubleshooter says:

    Oh, sure – “the church is simply following evangelical tradition” – dragging out any cockamamie scheme they can think of to get people in the door and on their hook.

    Sorry but no, J … not having any.

  14. Son of Glenner says:

    Deimos: To some people of my acquaintance, golf is very much like a religion!

  15. two cents' worth says:

    This cartoon reminds me of an old joke, which you can read at

    As for Rochester Cathedral, I skimmed the story in The Freethinker and took a look at the illustration. Serious golfers might enjoy using the course to practice their short game. Perhaps the clergy at the Cathedral are trying to make it possible for more golfers to attend services this month, by eliminating the logistical difficulties involved in travelling between the golf course and the church.

    Serious golfers, as well as families and others who enjoy adventure golf (a.k.a. miniature golf), might also be attracted to the Cathedral because one can golf in the nave regardless of the weather (although some religious folk would say that the nave does not protect these golfers from being struck by lightning 😉 ).

    Perhaps the clergy chose an adventure golf course (rather than another attraction that might bring in both adults and children) because serious golfers tend to have disposable income—they could increase not only the headcount at services, but also the take from the offertory and collection boxes.

    According to , the course will close on Sept. 1. The clergy might be hoping that, once people get into the habit of coming to the Cathedral, they will continue to do so even without the lure of adventure golfing.

    At least daytime golfing sessions are free, so the course may provide some enjoyment to people who otherwise could not afford to golf.

  16. M27Holts says:

    Seriously, this story made the main news on the BBC and
    ITV. I’m with Oscar Wilde…”A round of golf is a good walk spoilt!”.

  17. Laripu says:

    The story just made the news here in Tampa, Florida.

  18. Son of Glenner says:

    Not much slips past those investigative news-hounds in Tampa, FL!

  19. postdoggerel says:

    at Liverpool Cathedral the nave
    was turned into a disco and rave.
    but in Rochester’s case
    there’s one saving grace,
    if you don’t cuss you’re guaranteed a mulligan.


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