As the recession wears on we revisit a recently abandoned putt putt golf course in central Colorado Springs that serves as a microcosmic metaphor for 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:

 

8 Responses to Miniature Golf Microcosm

  1. Michael says:

    I ride my bike by there on the way to work and it is so sad that no one has bought the property and reopened in the last 5 years. It was a much better course than Adventure Golf. Art Sports is doing well and they use the Golf Courses parking lot for overflow. Thanks for bring this to everyone’s attention.

  2. Michael says:

    I ride my bike by there on the way to work and it is so sad that no one has bought the property and reopened in the last 5 years. It was a much better course than Adventure Golf. Art Sports is doing well and they use the Golf Courses parking lot for overflow. Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

  3. Kate says:

    Great photos. However, I personally would prefer to be able to click through your slideshows at my own speed.

  4. Kady says:

    Moody & poignant, even on a sunny day like today. I fear we stop seeing the magnitude of hardship and decay around us, and accept it as the new normal.

  5. Daisy says:

    Great photos and I am very familiar with it as Artsports has been a second home for my kids. Who knows why this closed–it had great potential, bad management or just poor location? It would be a great spot for a one-time art installation, someone should take that on toute suite!

  6. hannahfriend says:

    Sad. My kids and I had a lot of fun golfing there. They’re off to college now. Sigh.

  7. Mike Procell says:

    Sad, very sad indeed.

  8. 'Letta says:

    I don’t know who owns the property but it’s pretty pathetic to leave it unattended to the point of it deteriorating.

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