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FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

ASTRAGAL

Astragal, as one would expect, is something of a traditionalist when it comes to the great game of golf. A sombre Pringle jumper, a restrained cry of 'fore!' and no ladies at the 19th hole thank-you-very-much.

But Astragal's conservative views were completely altered after reading the recent obituary of Jez Feakes, architect, designer and pioneer of something called 'urban golf'. This intriguing sport, using a leather ball which won't smash or dent any windows and 'holes' such as mains water valves with a ag stuck in, is apparently all the rage in east London. Competitors at the inaugural annual tournament in 2004 included the hilariously monikered Tiger Would and Puff Caddy. And after reading about the inspirational Feakes, who also established practice Unit 20, working on a number of east London projects, Astragal is considering switching his Lyle & Scott for some Triple Five Soul and heading off for the first hole in Hoxton Square.

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