No Putts, No Glory

What kind of mini-golf course requires you to sign a liability waiver? Well, traveling art/mini-golf/drinking lounge Smash Putt! Miniature Golf Apocalypse, for one. “We want to make sure everybody stays safe and nobody sticks their hands into the robot drill press,” says Jeremy Franklin-Ross, part of a group of artists based in Seattle and Portland known as the Department of Culture. The group started Smash Putt two years ago in Seattle, and it’s an insane mix of mechanically mischievous putting holes, a “driving range” where you shoot golf balls out of little cannons, and comfortable bar/lounge areas. As a group, the Department of Culture has always been skeptical of art hung on a wall. “This is the perfect Trojan Horse,” says Franklin-Ross. “If people walk away from this experience not knowing that this was art, we’re very happy.”

The Smash Putt installation is at 2762 Walnut Street and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 6. Tickets are $10 to $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Although Smash Putt is mainly an alcohol-friendly, 21+ endeavor, special time slots have been set aside for families and all-ages groups. Get the details at
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 4. Continues through Feb. 6, 2011

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Kiernan Maletsky is a former Westword intern. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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