“The course effectively manages to blend the artistic concerns of sculpture with the practical design of a golf hole, making the course fun and aesthetically pleasing.”—Where Twin Cities
“The Walker seems to have bowled a strike with Walker in the Rough.”—Rake
“Each hole is a different art piece, with a new set of challenges for the viewer with a putter in his or her hand.”—Star Tribune
Walker in the Rough: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
, a 10-hole miniature golf course in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, will close on Labor Day, Monday, September 6. This one-of-a-kind summer pastime, which has drawn more than 13,000 visitors since opening on Memorial Day weekend, features an ice-fishing shack that’s home to a frozen walleye, an interactive bowling alley, a takeoff on the “Operation” board game, a twisty pachinko game, and the ruins of a building demolished in 1933.
Course hours, extended due to popular demand, are Thursday–Saturday, 10 am–8 pm; Sunday, 11 am–8 pm. Open Monday, September 6 (Labor Day), from 11 am–8 pm. Course fee is $5 ($3 Walker members, seniors, students; free for children age 5 and under). The last tee time each evening is 7 pm. Hit the greens between 5 and 8 pm on Thursday nights and receive coupon offers from Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe, Joe’s Garage, and Café & Bar Lurcat. Players can finish off a round of golf with a round of drinks, dinner, or dessert at these neighboring establishments.