Miami is nothing if not unconventional. What other city spends $2.5 million to build a technicolor, dolphin-vomiting sculpture in an empty ballpark? Or faces attacks by face-eating zombies? Or has unlicensed plastic surgeons who inject Fix-a-Flat into women's asses? We're so, uh, quirky.
So the one-of-a-kind putt putt course in the Coral Gables Museum is right up Miami's alley. Not your average small town mini golf, this one was built by architects, landscapers, and contractors -- and it's so very Miami.
The course is strategically situated at the back of the museum, and it comes complete with putters, giant bunny rabbits and beer. Yes, beer. The concession stand sells t-shirts, snacks and Coors Light.
On a Sunday afternoon, the course was packed with kiddos. In slight disorder, the putting order was way off track, but everyone appeared to be having a blast. Kids were whacking balls all over the place, weaving on and around AstroTurf.
And while the room seemed a wee bit crowded, you can't beat air-conditioned comfort in the heat of summer.
The course is uniquely Miami, showcasing everything from the Biltmore to our swampland to farmer's markets. There are nine holes in total, with names like Hoppin' Thru the Gables, The Swamp, The Ole Biltmore #7 and Wish You Were Here, among others.
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So next weekend, skip the same-old South Beach routine and check out the museum instead. This quirky Miami course is worth a visit for anyone -- young, old, or into beer.
The mini golf course is open during museum hours, Tuesday - Friday from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and $3 for kids 6 - 12. Visit the website.