I love Laguna Gloria, a 1916 Italianate-style villa on Lake Austin that is owned by Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse. The beautiful historic site and landscaped grounds are a perfect spot for a free docent tour, an afternoon stroll or… a round of mini golf! Art on the Green is the new outdoor installation at Laguna Gloria, which features nine interactive miniature golf holes, designed by Austin artists, architects and landscape architects, with a bonus hole downtown in the lobby of the Jones Center.
Art on the Green is available for play Tuesdays from 12 – 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 – 4 p.m. and Thursdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although it is free to visit Laguna Gloria, mini golf games cost $8 for adults and $4 for kids age 12 and under ($4 for members). You can get a deal by visiting during Twilight Tuesdays, from 4 – 8 p.m., when games are 50% off.
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Each of the nine holes at Laguna Gloria are unique, but hole #7 was especially popular with the kids. A rodent of unusual size (R.O.U.S. for fellow Princess Bride fans), this hole has an interesting backstory.
The rodent is furry and you can pet him (if you are not afraid of being eaten)!
It is also worth showing the rodent’s rear… where your ball comes out. Nice, eh? Those brown golf balls are part of the exhibit. And yes, that is what the kids thought was hilarious.
This evening, March 28, 2012, there will be a free 20-minute talk with with Kimberli Gant, Mercer Graduate Curatorial Intern, about Art on the Green. The Viewpoints talk will be at 6 p.m. at Laguna Gloria. Go here for more information.