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A mini golf course is coming to Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. Yep, there’s a bar.

Bull City Mini is a new mini-golf course with a bar opening on the American Tobacco Campus in spring 2019.
Bull City Mini is a new mini-golf course with a bar opening on the American Tobacco Campus in spring 2019.

A new mini-golf course with a bar is opening on the American Tobacco Campus next spring.

Bull City Mini comes from husband and wife Julie Bryce and Ben Owens, inspired by similar funky and creative golf courses in cities like San Francisco, Austin and Spartanburg, S.C.

The course will have nine holes, all designed by Durham creatives, built on the lawn between Blackwell and Vivian streets next to the Durham Performing Arts Center. There will also be a shipping container bar opening with the course

The aim is to open next April with putting and drinking through the summer, according to a news release.

If you think you can improve upon the classic windmill or clown, Bull City Mini is currently accepting entries for hole designs. The theme is Durham landmarks, and entries are due by Dec. 19, with creators of successful holes paid $500, plus free passes.

“Our vision for this project is recreation as art and art as recreation,” Bryce said in a news release. “We want Bull City Mini to have a sense of place. You can play mini golf at the beach but pirate ships and windmills aren’t locally relevant, so we’re excited to see how the community takes the theme Durham Landmarks in Miniature and interprets it.”

Taking a thing everyone already loves, then adding a bar is the kind of stroke of genius business strategy that’s alive and well in Durham. Soon Durham will get an ax-throwing bar and Bull City Mini extends the tradition of drinking games. The owners see it as another way to put down our phones for a while.

“The Triangle needs more recreation — activities that encourage you to get offline and get outside, put down your device and play,” said Owens in a release. “Mini golf is affordable, doesn’t require any special skills or preparation to play and is fun for all ages.”

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