Minneapolis, March 16, 2015— Back again for summer 2015…Artistdesigned
Mini Golf! Mini-golf players will encounter some old favorites,
including Curling Club, Stargazer, and Guess What? Chicken Putt!. But
even seasoned players on the artist-designed circuit will have to work to
stay under par thanks to some surprising new holes. And if the choice
between a round of putt-putt and a wander through an air-conditioned
contemporary art museum is driving a wedge between you and your loved
ones, remember: every ticket includes free gallery admission (up to $14
Walker on the Green features the Dog House serving all-beef hot dogs and
beverages. Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf is copresented
Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf
May 21–September 7
Thursday-Saturday, 10 am–10 pm
Sunday-Wednesday, 10 am–8 pm
Closed June 19–21 for Rock the Garden
Course & weather Updates: walkerart.org/minigolf
Mini golf is extremely popular. Please expect a wait time, which may be
longer in the evenings and on weekends when the course is busiest.
For weather-related and course closure information, call 612.375.7697.
Free for ages 5 and under with a paid adult. 9 Holes: $12 adults, $10
students ($9 Walker members, and children ages 6–12) Full Course: $19
adults, $16 students ($15 Walker members, and children ages 6–12). Pay
for mini golf with a U.S. Bank card and save $4 (18-hole game). Pay for
mini golf with a U.S. Bank card and save $4 (18-hole game).
New Holes for 2015
Four new holes will be added to the artist-designed course for this summer
2015. A project team assembled by Mn Artists included local artists Yousif
Del Valle, Tom Loftus, Andrew MacGuffie, Meena Mangelvedhekar, and
Amy Toscani, who collaborated to create this summer’s new golf designs:
Let’s Be Frank
Step back in time with an all-American favorite. Guaranteed to inspire a trip
to the Walker’s Dog House.
Keep on Truckin’
Tailgate while you putt in the bed of this retro vehicle, or sit in the cab while
your friends take their shot.
Thrillo-Brillo Clean-Shot by Andy Warhol(e)
If Andy Warhol had designed a golf course … tomato soup can not
Don’t get mislead or distracted by your opponent while teeing off at the
same time on this hole inspired by 1980s New York Street Culture artist,
Inspired by the Winter Olympics classic, this hole propels you to avoid the
stones and brooms as you bring your ball to the “button.” Matching outfits
aren’t necessary for your team to enjoy success on this curling sheet.
Designed by Paul Hedlund.
18 Holes in One
David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring
18 Holes in One, by David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring, is a physical
manifestation of an overlay of all 18 legendary greens as Augusta National
Golf Course, home of the Master’s Tournament. The result will thrill and
challenge both the novice and seasoned mini-golfer alike. With 18 potential
targets in their sites as they approach the undulating surface of the
composite structure, they will encounter a non-linear spatiotemporal golfing
experience like no other.
Trevor Anderson and Barry Kudrowitz
The fast pace of ping-pong and careful strategy of putt-putt come together
in this unique juxtaposition. It’s up to the golfer to decide how to play: are
the paddles an advantage or obstacle? Launch your ball over the net and
into the hole to score a winner. Is success about speed? Or thoughtful
strategy? In the case of this hole designed by Trevor Anderson and Barry
Kudrowitz, it’s both.
Putt R. Mutt
Pay homage to Marcel Duchamp’s readymade Fountain as you guide your
ball to the end of the urinal. Per Duchamp, “the creative act is not
performed by the artist alone,” so go ahead and tee up.
This hole by Sarah Burns is designed to be challenge.
Guess What? Chicken Putt!
Brian Fewell and Cami Applequist
Designed by Brian Fewell and Cami Applequist, Guess What? Chicken
Putt! takes players inside a chicken coup. Putt up to Henrietta, but avoid
hitting her eggs and chicks. If you can get this chicken to lay an egg in
three strokes, you’ve made par. But there’s a fox in this henhouse, so
watch out. If he eats your ball, you’ll have to start over.
Move Your Hole!
Deceptively simple in design and appearance, Roaming Hole Gardens by
Makesh!t transforms the familiar mini-golf experience with a crucial twist:
the hole roams. By moving topiary plugs from one hole to another, players
change the object of the round for everyone, thereby altering the
competitive and strategic landscape. The course’s artificial trees, shrubs
and flowers are not merely aesthetic adornments but mobile equipment. To
play, you need to learn only one new rule: “On your turn hit your ball OR
move the hole.”
The Uncertainty Principle
Kenneth Steinbach and Dave Denninger
Control is only an illusion in our unpredictable world! Aim for one of the
eight holes spiraling up the track and let the Uncertainty Principle take
over. Though it may seem random, there’s a subatomic force at work. The
words of theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg will guide you in your
quest. Designed by Kenneth Steinbach and Dave Denninger.
Don’t Blow It
Don’t Blow It! Designed by Robin Schwartzman integrates a sloped jump
shot with an oversized gumball machine. Take careful aim at the oversized
gumball machine. Get the ball into the coin slot and watch it traverse down
a spiral, but there’s only one chance. Miss the perfect hole-in-one and it
Take It to the Grave
Designed by Holly Streekstra, this par-2 hole represents a cemetery,
featuring artificial turf, a cemetery gate and fence, gravestones, a crypt,
and a grave shaped scoring hole. It’s a high stakes game in order to bring
your ball to its final resting place. Aim for the crypt, and don’t let the
gravestones get in the way. There’s no resting in peace, though—pick up
the ball and head to the next hole once you’ve met your maker here.
Stop craning your neck to stargaze—look down at this accurate rendition of
the Northern Hemisphere’s summer sky. Finding Polaris, the North Star, is
your key to success, though the wanderer will find joy in traversing the
cosmos … and racking up strokes. Dodging the big dipper and scooting
over Draco, Polaris, the North Star, is the destination winning hole is the
key to success for this hole, designed by Jess Hirsch.
Riffing off the multiple meanings of rock, Rock! Garden by Dysart will
require bank shots off colorful, glittery fiberglass rocks that will contain
musical instruments (xylophone, tambourine, drum, taunt strings). The hole
borrows its layout from iconic Zen rock garden while its aesthetic stems from the flashy finishes of musical instruments. Players will have to unleash their inner rockstar to gain the enlightenment of a birdie.
Be tempted by the snake in this garden. Aim for the rattler’s gaping mouth
to get the ball spiraling down its coiled body. Celebrate success by shaking
its tail when a player makes the ball into the hole. Designed by Kyle
Be A Sculpture!
Nicola Carpenter, Bryan Carpenter, Susanne Carpenter and Sean
Be A Sculpture! Invites people to engage with mini-golf in a different way.
You become the obstacles for your friends! Taking cues from sculptures
found in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, place your feet on the colorful
footprints and become a sculpture yourself.
Right on Cue
Unconventional thinking can lead to great rewards! Billiards was invented
to be a form of indoor golf. Like those innovators, turn your club on its head
and transform your putter into a pool cue on this hole designed by Kevin
Weeden. Aim for the hole and avoid the corner pockets—they’ll cost you a
stroke. Move to the green for your final shot.
The Dog House
Fuel your competitive spirit at the Dog House featuring a selection of all
beef Vienna dogs on soft pretzel buns. Cool off with a refreshing beverage.
The Dog House Hours:
Thursday–Saturday, 11:30 am–8:30 pm
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11:30 am–5 pm