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Community-designed mini golf course opens this weekend in Durham

Bull City Mini will open May 11 in the former Bullpen space in Durham

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DURHAM, N.C. — A new mini golf course opens this weekend at American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

Bull City Mini is a seven-hole, indoor and outdoor course in the former Bullpen location on Blackwell Street. It holds its grand opening Saturday to coincide with National Mini Golf Day.

The course extends onto the patio where an outdoor living room is located.

The holes were designed by members of the community, who submitted ideas when the project was announced last year. The hole design ideas selected included those from local middle school students, a ninth-grader from Chapel Hill, several working artists, a team of Duke medical school students, Triangle-based tech professionals and a handful of creative Durhamites, according to ATC officials.

The holes were built by Point Concepts, founded by N.C. State industrial design graduate Dan Schwab.

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Bull City Mini owners Durham-based husband and wife team Julie Bryce and Ben Owens were inspired to create their own mini golf course after a month long cross-country road trip with their newborn baby and dog in 2017. They couple said, "When we weren’t changing diapers on the side of the road, one of our favorite memories from the trip was playing mini golf on a hot Texas night with cold drinks in hand."
A look inside Bull City Mini, a new miniature golf course, at American Tobacco Campus.

They began researching community-designed courses and were impressed with the concept of art and recreation, especially in courses in San Francisco, Austin and Minneapolis.

A round at Bull City Mini is $7 with drinks and snacks available for an additional fee. More holes are expected to be added in the coming months.

A look inside Bull City Mini, a new miniature golf course, at American Tobacco Campus.

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