Hundreds of curious golfers showed up in Downtown Santa Cruz over the weekend to take part in the first ever Downtown Santa Cruz “Pre-Am” Mini Golf / Art Festival.
Nine miniature golf course holes were designed by teams of artists and engineers and placed in Downtown restaurants and retail spots. Golfers were sent on their way to tackle the challenges of the course, vote on their favorite hole and have a great time doing it. The voting, sponsored and incentivized by the Pacific Cookie Company had every one of the holes contending for the top seat, but in the end Surf and Turf by Downtown Technology Company, Launch Brigade took the Top honors. Surf and Turf was sponsored by 99 bottles and provided a bit of entertainment to folks partaking in Burger Week.
There were also category winners selected by the distinguished judges, among them, Mayor David Terrazas, Arts Council of Santa Cruz County Executive Director Michelle Williams and Zach Davis, Proprietor of Penny Ice Creamery and Assembly Restaurant, host of the after part and awards ceremony.
Artist Edward Martinez III was awarded the most creative for his San Lorenzo River Themed hole, Salmon Logic featuring a giant paper machete fish. Salmon Logic was hosted by the Santa Cruz Food Lounge and sponsored by Lawlor Land Use and the Coastal Watershed Council.
Artist and educator, Sean Monaghan and his crew from Santa Cruz Bronze Works masterfully designed and engineered “mini dipper” a rube goldbergesque nod to the giant dipper with a hand cranked lift to the top of the coaster. Mini Dipper was hosted by Nut Kreations and sponsored by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Sven Davis turned the world upside down with Gopher Golf, a playful look at the game of golf from the perspective of the gopher. Golphers used their clubs to bat the golf balls from green to green avoiding the sand traps and water holes until the knocked it successfully into the hole.
Gopher Golf was as entertaining as it was clever and many a golfer celebrated their success with their own “gopher dance” Gopher Golf was sponsored by Comfor Care Santa Cruz.
Cardboard Artist Dag Weiser provided an outlet for many of a popular political persuasion with a chance ti hit balls into an unpopular mouth at his cardboard masterpiece “What a Trumphole” after putting passed present and former Cabinet members, golfers were met with tiny motorized hands to get by. The Trumphole was housed at Bunny’s Home and Garden,
Kirby Scudder took us into the rabbit hole with his Alice in wonderland inspired hole at Bohemian Boutique, a new location on Pacific offering fine women’s’ and children’s clothing. The hole featured a 6 foot White Rabbit and many of Scudder’s Alice in Wonderland paintings.
Downtown Association Executive Director, Chip created a hole based on, and in tribute to, the iconographic work of Jim Phillips. Golf Balls that were put into the screaming hand came out the severed veins of the wrist on to a putting “blue”. The Screaming Green was located in the new expanded Berdels location.
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Pre-Am, February 2nd and 3rd,