Sparkle City Mini Putt

9-hole permanent mini golf course  |  Opened July 2015  |  concrete, steel, artificial turf, wood, paint

During my time as an Artist-in-Residence at Hub-Bub, I designed, pitched and worked with the community to build a permanent, 9-hole, Spartanburg-themed, free mini golf course on a formerly vacant lot in the heart of downtown. People are encouraged to bring their own ball and putter or to rent them for free (in exchange for a valid ID) from local businesses in downtown including: The Coffee Bar, Growler Haus, The Local Hiker, Dottie’s Toffee and the Paisley Paw. This project was made possible by the generous contributions of Hub-Bub, Johnson Development Associates, Inc., The City of Spartanburg, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Clayton Construction Company, Inc., Blackwood Associates, Inc., Lavender Smith & Associates, Inc., Parks Engineering Associates, Inc., Blanchard CAT Rental, Parker’s Carpet One, and Roebuck Wholesale Nursery and Landscaping, Inc. All the painting of the mural, curbs and obstacles was done in collaboration with local artists Aimee Wise, Russell Bannan, Eli Blasko. Metal fabrication of obstacles was done by local metal workers Josh Moore and Kevin Belue of K Riley Designs. Bronze casting was done by Minneapolis-based artist Yousif Del Valle. I designed the course and all its graphics as well as oversaw the construction of the course and participated in all hand painting.


Hole 1 – Welcome to Sparkle City. Hole takes the shape of the state of South Carolina with the palmetto and moon as rough turf. The hole is located where Spartanburg is on the map.

Hole 1 – Welcome to Sparkle City. Hole takes the shape of the state of South Carolina with the palmetto and moon as rough turf. The hole is located where Spartanburg is on the map.

Hole 2 – The Beacon. One of Spartanburg’s iconic Drive-In’s. And of course every good mini golf course needs a lighthouse.

Hole 2 – The Beacon. One of Spartanburg’s iconic Drive-In’s. And of course every good mini golf course needs a lighthouse.

Hole 3 – Rail Trail. This hole represents the Mary Black rail trail, a 2-mile long walking and biking trail near downtown Spartanburg. Players putt through the back tire of the bike, where some spokes are missing.

Hole 3 – Rail Trail. This hole represents the Mary Black rail trail, a 2-mile long walking and biking trail near downtown Spartanburg. Players putt through the back tire of the bike, where some spokes are missing.

Hole 4 – Home of Seven Colleges. Players can choose to putt up the diploma and through the cap for a shot at a hole-in-one, or they can work their way around. Metal fabrication by Josh Moore.

Hole 4 – Home of Seven Colleges. Players can choose to putt up the diploma and through the cap for a shot at a hole-in-one, or they can work their way around. Metal fabrication by Josh Moore.

Hole 5 – Hub City Crossing. Spartanburg is known as a railroad hub, hence the nickname Hub City. Players putt between the tracks, but if they hit too hard they’ll land in the ditch. Track and sign donated by JBR Environmental Services.

Hole 5 – Hub City Crossing. Spartanburg is known as a railroad hub, hence the nickname Hub City. Players putt between the tracks, but if they hit too hard they’ll land in the ditch. Track and sign donated by JBR Environmental Services.

Hole 6 – Morgan Square. Daniel Morgan is an iconic bronze statue that stands proudly over Morgan Square in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. This mini version becomes an obstacle for players to putt under or around. Column fabrication by Kevin Belue, bronze casting by Yousif Del Valle.

Hole 6 – Morgan Square. Daniel Morgan is an iconic bronze statue that stands proudly over Morgan Square in the heart of downtown Spartanburg. This mini version becomes an obstacle for players to putt under or around. Column fabrication by Kevin Belue, bronze casting by Yousif Del Valle.

Detail of the miniature bronze Daniel Morgan. Sculpted by me, bronze cast by Yousif Del Valle.

Detail of the miniature bronze Daniel Morgan. Sculpted by me, bronze cast by Yousif Del Valle.

Hole 7 – Glendale Shoals. Inspired by the old milling village of Glendale, putters hit over the water by way of the bridge. Metal fabrication by Josh Moore.

Hole 7 – Glendale Shoals. Inspired by the old milling village of Glendale, putters hit over the water by way of the bridge. Metal fabrication by Josh Moore.

Shoals detail.

Shoals detail.

Hole 8 – Sugar-n-Spice. This pachinko style hole was inspired by the fantastic old signage of the Sugar-n-Spice family Drive-In, serving Spartanburg for over 55 years.

Hole 8 – Sugar-n-Spice. This pachinko style hole was inspired by the fantastic old signage of the Sugar-n-Spice family Drive-In, serving Spartanburg for over 55 years.

Hole 9 – Love Where You Live. For a final challenge, players hit up the jump and have to land on the volcano-style heart. Hole inspired by the LWYL campaign, a grassroots movement to support local business. Logo design by Steven Long.

Hole 9 – Love Where You Live. For a final challenge, players hit up the jump and have to land on the volcano-style heart. Hole inspired by the LWYL campaign, a grassroots movement to support local business. Logo design by Steven Long.

Detail of the volcano heart on Hole 9.

Detail of the volcano heart on Hole 9.

Scorecard

Scorecard

View of the Beacon and College holes with mural in the background.

View of the Beacon and College holes with mural in the background.

Hand-painted "Welcome" curb detail.

Hand-painted “Welcome” curb detail.

Hand-painted "Information" mailbox.

Hand-painted “Information” mailbox.

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