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Sinking a hole in one for art

JAHC hosts second annual "Hit the JAHC Putt" games

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

Golfers of all abilities will have the chance to sink a hole in one this holiday season with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's second annual "Hit the JACC Putt."

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Courtesy Of Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Courtesy Of Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

"We're doing it as a fundraiser for Juneau Arts & Culture Center," said JAHC program coordinator Kari Groven.

Miniature golfing at the old Armory will begin at noon Saturday and will be available until Dec. 30. The nine-hole course will generally be open from noon until 9 p.m.. The course will not be open on Christmas.

The JAHC was looking for a fun winter fundraiser last year and the idea of creating a miniature golf course in the culture center was brought up, Groven said.

"The fundraising committee looked through all these options and miniature golf sounded like fun," she said.

It turned out to be bigger success than the JAHC imagined it would be, Groven said.

"We didn't actually spend a whole lot of effort getting the word out and all these people stormed to it, it seemed like," she said. "I think just because it's a very family-friendly activity to do and it's an alternative to doing outdoorsy sports stuff."

It was only natural to bring back miniature golfing back for the holidays, Groven said.

"It's the time of year when families are gathered in town," she said.

The JAHC is utilizing the talents of local artists and organizations to create the course this year. It has billed the activity as "Miniature golf meets sculpture garden" on the JAHC Web site.

"The theme is 'Around the World in 9 Holes,' so the hole-makers create places from around the world," Groven said.

For example, students from the University of Alaska Southeast will be constructing a version of the "Chunnel," the alias of the Channel Tunnel that links the United Kingdom to France. The Canvas will create a hole based on Australia, people from GCI will create one based on the Caribbean and SAGA will construct a miniature golf version of the River Nile. Holland and the Amazon will also be represented, as will several holes revamped from last year.

The cost this year will be $5 per person per round. There will also be discount rates, including a $50 putt party pass for up to 15 people in one group, or $100 per hour to rent out the entire course for a private party.

People are encouraged to reserve a tee time by calling the JAHC at 586-2787 or visiting www.jahc.org.

"Particularly if you are coming in a large party," Groven said. "They can sign up directly on our Web site for a tee time."

There will also be a couple of individual events tied to the putt-putt course this year. JAHC will be hosting "Black Light Night" from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 26. It will also host a "Tee Party" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27 where miniature golfers are encouraged to wear a funny hat while drinking tea and eating crumpets.

• Contact Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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