'Urban golf' gaining pace in Berlin

'Urban golf' gaining pace in Berlin
Wide open spaces and abandoned buildings that are commonplace around the German city of Berlin are increasingly being used by players of a new game called urban golf.

The sport, which sees competitors dress in casual clothes and take part in their own underground version of the pastime, was designed to be less "snobbish and elitist" than the original format, reports the Associated Foreign Press.

An old burnt-out Baerenquell brewery in the old East Berlin district of Treptow has become the venue of choice for six players, who opt to take part in the game wearing T-shirts, jeans and hooded caps.

Thought to have been invented in Germany in the 1990s, urban golf has earned fans across Europe, the US and as far afield as New Zealand.

One of the sport's many fans Eve - who was the only female player in the group of competitors - said: "Here, it's less uptight. Anyone can play anywhere. It's for anyone who has the time and desire to play."ADNFCR-1532-ID-801416840-ADNFCR

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