2016 Course Overview

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Mini Golf Hole Descriptions

Shadow-Tailed Scourge highlights the “Great Squirrel Invasion” of 1822 when a westward migration of squirrels across Indiana decimated crops. The hole pits golfers against five oversized squirrel invaders set to terrorize an Indiana farm. The design is the brainchild of Chad Eby, an assistant professor at the Department of Visual Communications at IUPUI, and his wife Beth, an architect and former exhibitions manager for the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. (Par 3)

Lil Golf takes golfers on a magical journey with Indiana’s international celebrity feline sensation, Lil BUB. Golfers are invited to follow the rainbow into BUB’s welcoming paws as she directs their golf balls to the hole. Lil Golf is designed by Tom Loftus and Robin Schwartzman, consultants for the entire Mini Golf at the IMA installation. Their passion for the game has led them to design and consult on miniature golf projects under the name A Couple of Putts for a number of institutions, including the Walker Art Center and the Tasmeem Festival in Qatar. (Par 3)

The Grid celebrates the state’s longstanding emphasis on agriculture and recent commitment to renewable energy. The Grid is designed to delight golfers with its challenging play and iconic imagery of Indiana’s rural landscape. The hole is designed by Quinn Kummer, David Corns, and John Stoughton of Team B in Cincinnati, a design collective that seeks critical design at the intersection of delight and absurdity. (Par 3)

The Bruce Where-Are-They-Nauman? Monument to the Sons of Indiana (Metal Gods) reimagines Hoosier-born artist Bruce Nauman’s seminal 1970 work, Green Light Corridor, and immortalizes four of Indiana’s famous heavy metal musicians: Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Van Halen’s David Lee Roth, and Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. The hole is designed by local artist and curator, Colin Nesbit. (Par 3)

Hoosier Woodworker focuses on the legacy and heritage of woodworking in Indiana. It honors the myriad creative and resourceful ways that wood has been used in our state by referencing aspects such as furniture-making techniques, covered bridges and parquet flooring. Striving for sustainability, the majority of its materials are locally sourced or reclaimed. The hole was conceived and designed by a collective of Furniture Design students and faculty at Herron School of Art & Design. (Par 2)

Benjamin Harrison honors the Indianapolis hometown hero and former president of the United States. The hole presents golfing challenges with a humorous looking Harrison, the number 23 and a replica of Harrison’s house. The hole is designed by Martin Kunz of Creative Works, Inc. of Mooresville, Indiana— a company that has directed mini golf installations for numerous clients. (Par 2)

Welcome to Wonderland pays homage to the former Indianapolis amusement park, Wonderland, which tragically burned down in 1911. The hole is the result of a creative collaboration by Brandon Schaaf, an illustrator, performer and founding member of Know No Stranger, and Megan Hart, an Indianapolis artist known for her monochromatic black ink works. The hole cleverly integrates elements from the original park, including the shoot-the-chutes ride, bump-the-bumps slide and signature 125-foot-tall electric tower. (Par 4)

Dick the Bruiser (Right in the Teeth) honors Hoosier wrestling legend William Fritz Afflis, otherwise known as Dick the Bruiser. The hole displays a larger-than-life Dick the Bruiser and invites players to putt their golf balls right into his teeth. The hole is designed by Jim Walker, founder and executive director for Big Car Collaborative, and Brent Lehker, artist and Big Car founding member. (Par 3)

Cardinal 200 features a totem-like cardinal—Indiana’s state bird— that sits on top of a model Indy Car. The cardinal wears a corn crown that hints to the phrase, “There’s more than corn in Indiana,” while the wheels of the car indicate the year 1816, the year Indiana became a state. The whimsical hole was designed by William Denton Ray, a Herron School of Art & Design graduate and a full-time artist / designer. (Par 2)

Enigmatology honors The New York Times crossword puzzle editor and Indiana native, Will Shortz. Shortz holds a bachelor’s degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles, from Indiana University and is the only known recipient of such a degree. The hole invites golfers to wind their way through a crossword maze while simultaneously solving a crossword puzzle. Enigmatology was created by Hannah Barnes, an associate professor of painting at Ball State University, and Suzanne Dittenber, an assistant professor of art at Taylor University. (Par 4)

Back Home Again challenges players to move their balls past chimes tuned to the melody of (Back Home Again in) Indiana by James Hanley and Ballard McDonald. The hole is designed by Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley of Owens + Crawley LLC, Indianapolis, whose sculptures have been featured locally and across the country. The musically interactive hole summons echoes of the great Jim Nabors at Indianapolis 500, which will celebrate its 100th running in 2016. (Par 3)

Burnside’s Sideburns honors the legacy of Ambrose Burnside, a Civil War era colonel from Indiana and inventor of the Burnside Carbine, a rifle then widely used in the army. Burnside was also known for his unusual facial hair, which joined patches of hair on the side of his face to his mustache—a style known as “the Burnsides,” which would later be inverted to become “sideburns.” Designed by Alan Goffinski, a founding member of Know No Stranger and resident artist with Big Car Collaborative, the hole challenges golfers to navigate the colonel’s face and sideburns to reach the hole inside his monocle. (Par 3)

Covered Bridges of Indiana spotlights Indiana’s heritage of covered bridges. Using a variety of materials to recreate grass, rocks, river streams, shingles and wood, the hole invites golfers to move their balls across the terrain and through two covered bridges toward the hole. The imaginative hole is the brainchild of Scott Shoemaker, who began his career as a designer and now works in the graphics signage industry. (Par 4)

Vonnegut Doodles commemorates the little-known visual talents of Indianapolis author, Kurt Vonnegut. With Vonnegut’s illustrations as the sculptural landscape, putters are invited to sit at Vonnegut’s writing chair and table to play. This unique hole is the creation of interdisciplinary sculptor and IFAB co-founder Brian McCutcheon, whose works often find poetic resonance in common objects, and creative agency Athletics NYC. (Par 3)

Poplar Mechanics is inspired by Indiana’s woodlands and celebrates the state tree, tulip poplar, and the verdant forests of Brown County. A celebration of nature, the hole references the vivid hues of autumn and is absent of straight lines. Designed by Gautam Rao, an associate professor of art at Butler University, the hole features abstracted trees that recreate Indiana’s landscape in a subtle, artistic manner. (Par 2)

Landmarks abstracts familiar Circle City places into iconic obstacles. Look out for the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Capitol Avenue Bridge and the Indianapolis Speedway. The hole was designed by Herron School of Art & Design senior students from the Visual Communication Design program. (Par 3)

The Dungeon Masters' Tournament pays tribute to Dungeons & Dragons, the popular role-playing game with strong ties to Indiana. Gary Gygax, one of the original creators of Dungeons & Dragons, started Gen Con, an annual gaming convention now held in Indianapolis. Designed by Josh DeBonis and Nikita Mikros of BumbleBear Games, the hole features a meandering maze that surprises players with secret doors, traps and treasure. (Par 4)

Willie the Whale brings back the beloved landmark from the Indianapolis Zoo’s former location on East 30th Street. Willie is back in all his former glory due to the passion and dedication of Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley of Owens + Crawley LLC, Indianapolis. (Par 3)