|National Building Museum’s Mini-Golf Course: Harder Than It Looks|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 10:03|
Holes range from par 1 to 4, but, unfortunately, your two mini-golfers went way over, scoring a gutting 45 and 38, zooming far past the par for the course: 30. Clearly, the holes were either designed by some devilish masterminds to be excessively difficult, or by an accident of materials, ended up being so.
Let’s start with the pleasant mini-golf experiences. The hole, Take Back the Streets!, which was designed by landscape architecture graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architectural Center and sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), can be played in 3 strokes or less. In this educational hole, ASLA and the students show how green complete streets can transform communities. The stormwater management systems – the swales — function as traps. Golfers can play through the wood laser cut-trolley or bounce off the bicyclist. Our players scored a 3 and a 2. Not bad, we were at par or below.
Image credits: (1) Score card / Alison Dunn Photography, (2) Take Back the Streets / Alison Dunn Photography, (3) OLIN and Studios Architecture / copyright Deane Madsen, Architecture Magazine, (4) LAB / Jared Green, (5) Confluence / Jared Green, (6) Ball on the Mall / Alison Dunn Photography, (7) Holes in 1s and 0s / Alison Dunn Photography, (8) Mulligans on the Mall / copyright Deane Madsen, Architecture Magazine, (9) Half-pipe / copyright Deane Madsen, Architecture Magazine