Last weekend, our collaborator Didi Keller was in Amsterdam to get an up close look at the venue for the next European Urban Golf Cup course. Johnny Rouw, member of the notorious Urban Golf Unit team and on site organiser stepped aside to answer a few questions and what he revealed has us eager for summertime ... June 4th to be exact.
- Didi Keller: So, Johnny, here we are once again … standing on the site where the EUGC 2016 will take place.
- Johnny Rouw: Hey, man. Yes, it’s pretty amazing isn’t it?!
- Didi Keller: Please, tell our readers more about what we’re seeing.
- Johnny Rouw: The NDSM shipyard is north of Amsterdam and it used to be the biggest shipyard in Europe in the 1950s. At this very location, they used to build huge supertankers (cargo ships) until 1984 when the shipyard went bankrupt. Nowadays, the shipyard is once again full of life! It has become a popular venue for music festivals, art shows, features cool and trendy places to eat, drink and hangout and this year it will be the location of the European Urban Golf Cup. It’s going to be so awesome to play here! Check out www.ndsm.nl for more information.
- Didi Keller: You told me that this year Jelmer and Poernaka organized the Winter Frenzy Night event so you can focus all your energy on the EUGC. I heard that Urban Golf Unit (made up of Erik, Jelmer, Poernaka, Daan, Stibrie, Roy and you) is back together for the big event! Are the rumors true? Also, please tell us more about the EUGC organizers on site.
- Johnny Rouw: Yeah, the team is back together again. Truthfully, we never really broke up. During the EUGC 2015 in London we were inspired to put on an Urban Golf Unit version in Amsterdam. Erik is in charge of obtaining permits, contacting the NDSM and press releases. Jelmer is serving as photogropher, creative problem solver and course planner. Roy is taking on brochure and poster designing as well as marketing. Stibrie is our jack-of-all-trades so if we need something ordinary, he gets it done. Poernaka is in charge of the art department and is also responsible for the dope trophies. Daan is the builder. Together, we keep everything under control.
- Didi Keller: How exactly does it work? Do Sascha, David and Thomas (the EUGC bosses) determine what you can and can’t do or do you have creative freedom?
- Johnny Rouw: It’s a team effort. The EUGC provides expertise and contacts. Since they’ve been at it for a few years, their advice is helpful. As the host country, we will do things a little different and UGU’s mark will be all over this years EUGC.
- Didi Keller: Tell us more about this year's course. How many holes will there be?
- Johnny Rouw: It’ll probably be a 16 hole course. There will be all sorts of surfaces including: concrete, tarmac, artificial turf, grass, sand, and wood. So come prepared! We will do our best to provide the players with a fun and challenging course.
- Didi Keller: How many teams, countries and players are expected to participate?
- Johnny Rouw: I think there will be about 15 countries, but the EUGC hasn’t released all the details.
- Didi Keller: Where can participants find more info about hotels, transportation, etc? Currently the EUGC website is still under construction...
- Johnny Rouw: We will be providing all country managers with details about the tournament, qualification, hotels, etc. The information will also be made available through our Facebook page, Instagram, and YouTube Channel.
- Didi Keller: Any last words?
- Johnny Rouw: It’ll will be good to see everybody again on June 4th. Even if you won’t be playing, just come to Amsterdam to hangout and support your country!
Thank you for the info update and your time, Johnny. We wish you and your team, Urban Golf Unit, all the best for the organization of the next EUGC! We will be there for sure! Let’s go for a coffee in a shop nearby.