EXTREME GOLF and INTERSTELLAR GOLF By ANDREW HENNESSEY copyright 1999In the era of 19th Century Victorian mankind, Golf was initiallyincorporated as a gentleman’s social and then networking pursuitand would laterally attract criticism for ‘spoiling a good walk’.This old joke referred to the somewhat sedate parklands of its usualsettings. However with the aid of fast space age gravity defyingtechnological conveyances, golf could be played in extremelandscapes full of scenic splendour. There could be some verychallenging shots off cliff-tops, canyons and waterfalls, or pitchingup steep mountainous inclines to nested greens and bunkers.This would require organisation and co-operation, design andartistry, regulation and creativity and lots and lots of enthusiasm andmerely the technology of the 20th Century. Extreme Golf inchallenging environments just doesnt happen - and why not ??
Golf has stayed in its comfy setting ... yet there are somany genres of exciting extreme sports ... albeit lots ofphysically extreme new sports for the young - but surelygolfing in extreme environments even with available publicconveyance technology of the 20th Century at anyelevation is entirely possible and technically no moreexerting than a flatlanders park.What’s wrong with exciting environments for golf ... Imnot suggesting that gaitors should be put in the water atFlorida ... or indeed that we do anything ecologicallyunfriendly to areas of breathtaking natural beauty !!There has to come a time when golf will evolve yet againto its interstellar version but before we go there with thiswhy do we not get things better here and now on Earth ?We have the technology e.g. moving walkways, escalators,monorails, elevators etc now to radically alter theperception and challenges of the sport and to put golf intophysically challenging environments e.g. cliffs, chasms,whitewater, hillsides, rugged terrain etc – to make it moreexciting and spectacular.Golf Courses and trees and shrubs could be lit up at nightwith theatrical lighting of golds and violets and reds andblues, and fairways and green could have very subtlelighting – such that the golf course was a place of artisticsplendour.In this environment, the golf ball itself could be made by
various settings by vocal declaration to illuminate tovarious degrees and in different colours and would also beable to emanate signals so that it could be variouslytracked and located amongst the darker but beautifully litundergrowth. THE INTERSTELLAR VISION FOR THE SPORT IS BASED ON KNOWN ET ANTIGRAVITY TECHNOLOGY VERIFIED BY PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FLASHEARTH.COM Golf is a sport that is thought to have originated in the Middle Ages as one of the many ball and stick games. However, the game of golf took root and developed in Scotland and it was in the 18th century that it spread to the rest of the world. In 1554 AD in Leith, Edinburgh there is a reference to ‘the Cordiners and Gowf Ball Manufacturers of North Leith.’ Cordiners were shoemakers and leather workers, so it would follow that they were making leather cased golf balls. The Leith Links golf course itself was one of the very first of its kind in Scotland. In 1724 golf balls were stuffed with feathers, in circa 1848 they were the solid gutta percha (gum and cloth) make, in 1901 they were rubber cored, in 1905 William Taylor patented the dimple pattern, and from the 1920’s onward the standards would be regularly refined till in 1981 the governing body the R & A – the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, made the 1.68 inch ball mandatory as of 1982. The game has been played with clubs made of various materials that over the centuries became progressively more lightweight and resilient. The traditional wooden clubs from the early long nosed clubs of the 17th century progressed through the Persimmon woods of the 1890’s to steel shafted in 1929 to alloys in the 1960’s to carbon and graphite in the 1970’s. These later clubs and their intended usage on the course were crafted with the use of; high technology wind tunnels and the scientific study of anatomy, human physiology and ergonomics and video images on various computer simulations that encompassed factors such as; terrain, weathering and fabric fatigue
on modelling software.In the late 20th Century, Golf had effectively become ahi tek industry on the cutting edge of materialsdevelopment.Then in 1993 AD in North Leith during an alienencounter with a strange civilisation that alleged that ithad intentions to redevelop some of the ideas,artefacts and materials from the human era, I was toldby a being that materialised in my flat that they wantedme to think of all the beautiful things that meantScotland to me.That if I could think of ways that these social ideascould be less tainted and used to serve the commongood of a real civilisation that they would be used inreality and redeveloped on a massive scale. Ideas both comical and tragic held me as threads thatwere uniquely Scottish were lifted directly from myown awestruck mind. By some process unknown theyspun a tapestry of wonder in my mind and soul. It wasas if I was hooked up to some enormous database of;art, fabric, texture and forms and that I was searchingfor relevance amongst the Scottish section.There were battles and bloodshed, Kings and crownsand artefacts, pictures of castles and traditionalcultural things, Inventions that were Scottish,geography and places, indigenous wildlife, tartans andtextures, cultural art and design, tweeds and geology,food and drink, games and sports – someone had beendoing a lot of research.Nothing beautiful would ever be wasted. And then tome came the image of a game that I have neverpossessed the worldly wealth or physique to play - agame that originated in Scotland - and I realised thescope and potential of this enterprise for, Interstellar itcould be, Universal it could be. I was shown beingsplaying Golf.All species of every physique, size and strength couldplay this game against one another because it is agame that does not require physical contact, yetretains a communal appeal, being a celebration both ofskill and the natural beauty of the environment.
They say all non-human beings can do amazing thingswith mind over matter and mastery of time and space.In the time it takes a human to hit a golf ball to a greenon Earth a non-human being could run between the teeand the green maybe one hundred times they said, butthen I realised that if these super-enhancedperceptions could be handicapped by some sort ofhandicapping system then the game of Interstellar Golfwould then become a relationship between; the spiritof the golfer, and, the environment of the golf course.Thus the interstellar game was not merely a hole inone every time.Golf then becomes a celebration of spirit and naturalbeauty not merely a non-human opportunity to annuland supersede the natural process.There would simply need to be an appropriatehandicapping system so that a big beings hardest hitwould not send the ball into orbit and a small beingshardest hit would go far (relative to a human social andbiological scale.)I imagined the image of a golf ball floating by itself as iffull of technology, then realised that by a system ofphysical data, and weights and measures supplied byeach participating culture that Computers couldanalyse Beings by weight and mass within andbetween species.This golf ball droid, its flight data, momentum and spinetc could be calibrated relative to a human standard ofamateur and professional musculature andperformance.A handicapping system could enable the smallestbeing to play against the largest, where the flying robotball could be braked in flight by controlled instructionsfrom the computer if it was hit by a large physicallypowerful Being, and, augmented in speed if hit by asmall lighter Being.Not every being within the same species wouldnecessarily qualify for the maximum level of dataenhancement and there would need to be someregulatory process to deal with relative socialweightings such as lifestyle factors.For example; ET’s who party too much would have that
lifestyle translated into human Bio-logic, or, ET’s whomeditated and focussed on the Spirit would increasetheir game performance because of the greaterabundance of Life force that would naturally occurwithin their Bio-logic. etcI smiled when I realised that Golf could be made into aUniversal game - a Scottish contribution to theCivilisations of the Cosmos of eternal proportions.There would need to be new golf courses on everyplanet I enthused, Championships and Tournaments,merchandising and fashions, trophies made out ofvarious Scottish semi-precious rocks.There could be franchises for the manufacture of clubsthat were suitable for certain ET species but which didnot contravene the Royal and Ancient guidelines.Then I realised that the golf ball itself by use of a hardholographic interface could mutate in flight to adapt itsscale to the scale and proportions of any course. I thenrealised that on other planets, gravity was going to bea factor too … and that the relative human gravitystandard should be taken from the first Tee of the OldCourse at St Andrew’s Golf Course, Scotland.Realising that with a technological golf ball suchthings were possible and that interstellar technologycould make all sorts of theatre possible on golfcourses that do not happen now on Earth, I then hadthe idea that the game could also be played at night.Golf Courses and trees and shrubs could be lit up withtheatrical lighting of golds and violets and reds andblues, and fairways and green could have very subtlelighting – such that the golf course was a place ofartistic splendour.In this environment, the golf ball itself could be madeby various settings by vocal declaration to illuminateto various degrees and in different colours and wouldalso be able to emanate signals so that it could bevariously tracked and located amongst the darker butbeautifully lit undergrowth.Also, in the era of mankind, Golf was initiallyincorporated as a gentleman’s social and thennetworking pursuit and would laterally attract criticism
for ‘spoiling a good walk’.This old joke referred to the somewhat sedateparklands of its usual settings. However with the aid offast space age gravity defying technologicalconveyances, golf could be played in extremelandscapes full of scenic splendour. There could besome very challenging shots off cliff-tops, canyonsand waterfalls, or pitching up steep mountainousinclines to nested greens and bunkers.This would require organisation and co-operation,design and artistry, regulation and creativity and lotsand lots of enthusiasm.There is a whole Universe of wonderful golfers outthere waiting to tee off. The sport of golf itself and itsfirst code of rules in 1744AD from the HonourableCompany of Edinburgh Golfers evolved, and by theperiod of governance of the R&A, after the inception ofthe Royal and Ancient Golf Club as the gamesgoverning body in 1897 AD, it then went throughvarious incarnations of the Rules of Golf up to andincluding the Rolex sponsored R&A Rules of Golf Bookof 2004ADIt only becomes a matter of time then till the InterstellarRules of Golf Code is on the agenda at the AGM of theR&A given the influx of non-humanity on the planetand the increasing falsification of the game bysuperhuman powers, processes and technologies.The game of Golf was invented by Humanity inScotland, but without the participation of humanbeings in the future it can grow to become one of themost important tools of interstellar and interspeciesdialogue.It may become one of Scotland’s greatest gifts to theUniverse.