Listen Now: Fairway To Heaven: Cathedral Draws Churchgoers With Mini-Golf Gimmick
Want to get people to church? Entertain them.
A mini-golf course has popped up inside a medieval english cathedral and not everyone is teed off. The Rochester Cathedral in Southern England dates back to 604 AD. Last week a nine-hole course was rolled out and will be available to churchgoers for the rest of the month.
Church officials say the gimmick is working with the church full of people playing golf and visitor numbers up eighty percent. The cathedral partnered with a local charity to create a course themed around bridges to inspire younger visitors to learn about engineering. Now each hole is a replica of an actual bridge with players hitting balls over the model.
This cathedral isn’t the only one getting in touch with its creative side. Another cathedral installed a fifty-foot Helter Skelter ride inside while another unveiled a replica of the moon’s surface on its floor. Regular visitors don’t seem to mind with one saying in the middle ages people would bring animals and hold markets inside cathedrals.
So what’s wrong with setting up a fairway to heaven?
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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