Those of you that have seen our Facebook page, will have seen the images of the roof top crazy golf at the Walmart offices in Brazil.
What lucky employees they are! Although a simple design, it does look very playable.
The Brazil headquarters for retail conglomerate Walmart’s online division has been by Estudio Guto Requena. A minigolf course was tailored especially for the terrace on the sixth level. There’s also a space for yoga and a seating area in front of a stage for hosting small events, concerts and film screenings.
We have had our version of roof top crazy golf on the grassed roof of a well known bank in the centre of London back in 2009. Here is an image of our portable crazy golf course in action:
Roof top crazy golf isn’t new. In 1916, James Barber designed a miniature golf course in North Carolina called “Thistle Dhu.” The course was compact with fountains, gardens, and geometrical walkway patterns. In 1926, a few other designers created mini golf courses on the roof of a New York City skyscraper. Other buildings soon followed suit. There were around 150 rooftop courses in existence by the end of the decade in New York City alone.
One of the first UK miniature golf courses was on the rooftop of Selfridges London, back in the 1930’s. The old roof gardens were popular with ladies after shopping and even boasted the loop the loop obstacle on its course. Some of the images can be seen in this Daily Mail article.
The oldest miniature golf course in existence can actually be found in Scotland: The Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews was formed in 1867 as a members-only green for women golfers.
The club was created as it was deemed improper for a lady to “take the club back past their shoulder.” There may not have been any windmills or loop-the-loop obstacles on this course, but the green was and remains one of the most prestigious miniature golf courses around.
In 1916, James Barber designed a miniature golf course in North Carolina called “Thistle Dhu.” The course was compact and featured a classical design, with fountains, gardens, and geometrical walkway patterns. In 1926, a few innovative designers created miniature golf courses on the roof of a New York City skyscraper, and other buildings followed suit – around 150 rooftop courses were in existence by the end of the decade in New York City alone.
One of the first UK miniature golf courses was on the rooftop of Selfridges London, back in the 1930’s. The creation by Bompas and Parr rooftop crazy golf course was part of the Big British Tea Party and is coming to a close on September 2nd. I have unfortunately not had the pleasure of playing this cake inspired crazy golf course this Summer, but have read many reviews and am sure it has entertained many in a quirky British fashion.
Although if I had I would probably have licked the obstacles and sniffed the cherry bakewell scorecard!