In the city streets of Milan, golf met beach volleyball as Olympic beach volleyball champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann joined the European Tour’s Marcel Siem and Moritz Lampert for a round of ‘smart urban golf’.
Last year’s Trophee Hassan II champion Marcel Siem teamed up with Jonas Reckermann, whilst Germany’s Moritz Lampert partnered Julius Brink. The two cars used in the matchup were Smart’s latest models, the smart fortwo and the smart forfour.
Whilst Siem and Lampert are used to plying their trade on the manicured courses of the European Tour circuit, the unique challenge of urban golf forced the pair to get out of their comfort zone and improvise around the streets of Milan.
The teams went head-to-head in a park, on a factory site and in a central square in Milan city centre. The disciplines they had to master were as varied as the cars themselves: tee off from the tailgate of the smart fortwo to a target in the water, cross golf right across a disused factory site and chip in into the luggage compartment of the smart fortwo.
Despite playing two entirely different sports, both the golfers and the volleyball champions enjoyed the test of golf in a completely different environment.
“I had only played urban golf once before in a car park,” explained Lampert. “It's great fun because it's our sport but in a different setting.”
Reckerman added: “Urban golf is a good mix of two sports. It has the laidback aspect of beach volleyball, but it is actually golf.”