Putts and prayers: Church adds mini-golf course and tees off some parishioners

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Gary McCord, pro golfer and analyst, putts at the Craftsman Father’s Day Miniature Golf Classic in Philadelphia during golf’s national championship in Ardmore, Pa., on Saturday, June 15, 2013. As part of the Craftsman “Make A Difference” Tour, the Craftsman brand donated $100 for every hole-in-one to nonprofit Rebuilding Together through Sears Heroes at Home, a program to support military service members and their families. (Photo by Mark Stehle/Invision for Craftsman/AP Images)

LONDON (AP) — Putts are joining prayers at Britain’s Rochester Cathedral, where a mini-golf course has been installed inside the medieval house of worship.

The course runs along the central nave and features nine holes designed like bridges. It’s intended to teach young people about engineering and also has spiritual overtones.

Rev. Rachel Phillips, the cathedral’s Canon for Mission and Growth, said it’s hoped “visitors will reflect on the bridges that need to be built in their own lives and in our world today.”

The course is open throughout August, though not when services are held.

Not everyone is thrilled with the addition to the cathedral 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of London, parts of which are almost 1,000 years old.

In Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph, religious commentator Tim Stanley called the golf course “an act of desecration” that was “making Christianity look ridiculous.”

Anglican priest Giles Fraser tweeted that “what people want from the church is the sort of moral and spiritual seriousness they can’t get elsewhere. Not this.”

But the cathedral’s Canon Matthew Rushton said the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Church of England, had told clergy that “if you don’t know how to have fun in cathedrals then you’re not doing your job properly.”

Rochester is not the only British cathedral to experiment with unorthodox attractions. Norwich Cathedral in eastern England is setting up a helter-skelter fairground ride to help visitors “see themselves, the building and God differently.”

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