Is the above the setting of the latest science fiction movie about the nation's capital city? No. Actually, it is a description of one of the innovative holes in the National Building Museum's new summertime exhibition, Mini-Golf at the Building Museum.
|Capitol City Crops hole|
The theme of this year's offering is Building with the Future. All 18 holes were designed by leading Washington-area architects, landscape architects, and contractors. On both courses, you can learn about the future as you play.
Joined by our friend Jim Boner and his 7-year-old daughter Jells, my wife and I took on the challenge of twists and turns of the Green course.
In addition to the Capitol City Crops hole described previously, the course includes:
- The 19th Crater (golf on the moon)
- materiALIVE (inspired by a living roof and designed to look at the role materials play in building the future)
- Holograph Hole (you actually played through a 3-D holograph)
- The Job Site (models many of the obstacles encountered while navigating a construction site)
- FOREward Thinking (revitalizing old buildings with new energy)
- Homeroom (depicting the classroom of the future)
- Capital RiverGreen (vertical panels rise up like buildings in the now-being developed Capitol Riverfront and Yards neighborhood
- Urban Pinball (explores the uncertainty inherent in the future)
|Jells Boner tests out the red moon course ...|
|... which then changes to blue.|
The 2 mini-golf courses will be open until Labor Day. Participants are now able to cast a vote for their favorite hole. The Museum will present a Best of Show award, determined by a jury of experts, at the conclusion of the exhibit.
Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
So what was it like playing the Green Course. Of course, (pun intended), it was fun. I thought the 2 most interesting holes were the 19th Crater and the Holograph Hole. For DC learning, the 2 most instructional holes were the Capitol City Crops and the Capital RiverGreen. As for our 4-way golf battle, par for the Green Course was a 25. Jim won our foursome with a 2-over 27. I scored a 29, with Judy receiving a 30 and Jells a 35. Which goes to prove that even in the future, I won't be a championship golfer.