Played the week of March 8-12
Reviewed by Mr. Tee and the Pink Putter
Last November we made the trip from Minneapolis to Doha to work with the graphic design students of VCUQatar on the design and prototyping phase of their very own indoor mini golf course. After we left, we got to see the progression of the design and build via social media. We were thrilled to return at the beginning of March this year to see and play the final course as well as enjoy the workshops and speakers of the Tasmeem festival. In fact, we even led our own workshop where we worked with a group of six students to design and build one last hole for the course. We already featured our creation so we wanted to review the other 9 student creations.
Birdie – We may biased, but this regionally-themed course is the only one of its kind in Qatar, and for that matter, in the Middle East. The students did a fantastic job of combining good design and fun game play with ideas and themes that are relevant to their lives including transportation, water consumption, workers rights, musical instruments and desert culture. From a dueling roundabout to a hole that traverses down a flight of stairs, the students literally took the game of mini golf to the next level. There were some functionality and construction issues that came up while we played and those are the little things that kept us from giving it our highest score, a Hole-in-One. We also want to give incentive to the students to continue to work and build more beautiful and playful objects that top this fantastic course. We’d give anything to play it again and to hang out with the wonderful new friends we made at VCU-Qatar.
Below we do a thorough photo review and include videos of each hole in use.
First public mini golf course in Qatar
Each hole was uniquely themed with a connection to Qatar
Wide variety of play styles
Creative use of materials and surfaces
Creative use of the game of mini golf to address larger socio-political issues
Parts of holes weren’t 100% functional
Few holes offered the chance of a hole-in-one
- No par set for the course and no score card
- Several different types of cups were used across the course
- Play was free of charge