Tee off at the MFA's miniARTure Golf Course 

The Museum of Fine Arts offers an artful game of golf in conjunction with its Art of Golf exhibition.

click to enlarge Artist Vince Kral with his minigolf installation, "Guaranteed Hole-in-One"
  • Artist Vince Kral with his minigolf installation, "Guaranteed Hole-in-One"
Visitors to St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts can tee off on a miniARTure Golf Course, built specially as a complement to the museum's current exhibition, "The Art of Golf." The putt putt golf course includes six holes conceived and crafted by local artists, designers and architects: Immersed Design Studio; E+D Architecture and Design; Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.; Patrick Thorpe; Vince Kral; and Duncan McClellan Gallery and The St. Petersburg Hot Glass Workshop.

Earlier this week, I stopped by the museum to watch Kral and Elizabeth Hallock and David Wishner of E+D Architecture and Design install their contributions to the course. Hallock and Wishner's construction, called "Bridging the Bay," features a 10-foot 8-inch model of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge that spans small-scale representations of Pinellas and Manatee counties. (Golfers must putt their ball over the bridge into a hole on the other side.) They collaborated with Austin Fox of Fox Builders and Hot Shot Welding to create the piece.

click to enlarge David Wishner of E+D Architecture and Design and Austin Fox of Fox Builders install "Bridging the Bay" with help from Jasper, 5, and Jensen, 7.
  • David Wishner of E+D Architecture and Design and Austin Fox of Fox Builders install "Bridging the Bay" with help from Jasper, 5, and Jensen, 7.

Kral's installation promises a hole-in-one to anyone who plays. He built a wooden platform out of recycled materials with a wide, downward-sloping pipe leading directly from the tee into the hole. Painted fire engine red and adorned with encouraging signs, the piece is designed to bring success within reach of even the least experienced golfer.

"I'm a golfer, and it's frustrating, so I want people to have a chance," Kral says.

Visitors can obtain putters and balls at the museum's information desk; a $3 donation is suggested to play. The course will remain installed until Feb. 17.

For more information, contact the Museum of Fine Arts.

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