While visible signs of the recession in the Pikes Peak region so far have been limited primarily to a few stark inconveniences like unkempt medians, darkened streetlights and unfilled potholes, a recently abandoned put put golf course in central Colorado Springs serves as a discomfiting metaphor and reminder of how quickly even the grandest of civilizations can crumble. Like a disposable ghost town or a gross parody of Shelley’s “Ozymandias,” this good-times golf course has suffered the long indignities of time in just a few short years.

Music in this piece is “Big Ghost” by Strawberry Hands:

 

9 Responses to Putt Putt Apocalypse

  1. John Chlebus says:

    With a little clean up (for safety reasons) this would be a great location for numerous non-profit groups to hold a “Halloween Haunted House” spectacular every year.

  2. christopher says:

    Some of those “golf courses” were built in a very creative and quality manner. Too bad about the vandalism.

  3. Adam DeGraff says:

    Chilling. The robot so sad. The uplift is the tree growing from the hole.

  4. Josephine says:

    Where exactly is this?

    • tOkKa says:

      –>> This is the former “Champion’s Mini Golf” off Vondelpark & Chestnut. I’m afraid the site folded just prior to the recession and has been out of business for a number of years now. Incidents of vandalism and squatting on the property i think have created a few problems here and there over the years. i no longer live in the Holland Park area tho’ my family still resides just up the street from there. I believe currently, they use a portion of the old lot for extra parking for the ‘ArtSport’ gymnastics school across the street.

      This is a rather depressing slide-show, me and friends would actually do the little putt-putt tourney as the place was actually pretty charming on a really beautiful day. I always thought they did fairly well ( i was wrong apparently )as they even had space for the more serious golfers to swing.

      More often than not, tho’ .. would Back in the late ’90s this was a bit of a weekend refuge as they were open late and had a small selection of games i liked to waste rolls of quarters in like the original “Marvel v. Capcom” , ‘X-Men’, “Hungry, Hungry, Hippos” and ‘Aliens vs. Predator’.

      They even had a small Chipotle Mexican Grill on-site for awhile.

      O man, i don’t wana watch anymore.

      ;{

      ~ t

  5. Louise says:

    Ah! The West, where people dream small sometimes and still go bust. Nature in the form of plants and animals creep back into a landscape transformed by man.

  6. Kathy says:

    It’s not as sad to see nature take over this site as it is to see the vandalism! What is up with people that have no respect for other’s property – no matter if it’s “vibrant” or has fallen on hard times – it still belongs to someone. It brings to mind all the tagging incidences around town lately. It sickens me to see graffiti scrawled on signs, buildings, and worst of all, nature.

  7. Mary H says:

    I always have trouble with the thought of all the work to build it, then it just disintigrates. I don’t find crumbling farms charming either.

  8. Jeremy says:

    Thanks! I guess we are all just dust in the wind… right?

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