Mini-golf returns to the National Building Museum on May 27

The National Building Museum's foray into indoor golf returns for a second year on Memorial Day, and what better way than a mini-golf course to get kids (even grown-up kids) excited about a summertime trip to the museum?

How about two full mini-golf courses?


The museum's layout for 2013 has 18 holes, up from 12, and these are no ordinary windmills. D.C. design and architecture firms created obstacles drawn from a variety of influences, none of whom are named Pete Dye or Robert Trent Jones: District Design's "Ledoux for Two" hole, inspired by French Neoclassical architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux; Inscape Publico's "outSMART the GRID" hole, which simulates our electrical grid; and Design Foundry's mankind-on-the-moon-themed "The 19th Crater." (See all course designs.)

The introduction of mini-golf at the museum was a huge hit last summer. (Let's just hope there are a few more adult-sized putters available for 2013.)

The courses will remain open during museum hours through Labor Day, Sept. 2, with special late-night mini-golf nights on June 6, June 26 27, July 11, July 24, Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, when the courses will stay open until 9 p.m. It's $5 per person, per round to play. And while you're there, don't forget the barbecue.

Gbenga Ajilore is an economics professor at the University of Toledo, who research centers on public finance and sports economics.
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