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Abandoned Shelter of the Week

Who would expect to find a “members only” golf club in a rundown and distinctly grass-free eastside neighborhood on Chene between Garfield and Warren? The Abandoned Shelter Squad (ASS), that’s who. The 19th Hole Penthouse Golf Club is a relic from an era when people apparently enjoyed playing golf near low-slung windowless buildings painted bilious shades of green and orange. The club boasts parties and other events unique to urban golf courses. All golf paraphernalia and green spaces on which to putt have long since disappeared, and the interior of the structure is filled waist-high with tires. An elderly employee at a nearby market informs us that several fires and vagrant activity have tarnished the previously pristine image of velvety green grass and grown men in plaid knickers evoked by the phrase “members-only golf club.”

Text and photo by editorial intern Domenique Osborne.

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