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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Golf course designed by artists popping up in downtown Mount Dora

For avid golfers, beautiful golf courses can be considered works of art.

Two Mount Dora businessmen are taking that concept literally with the inaugural Pop-Up Art Golf Course, with all the holes designed by local artists.

The temporary miniature golf course will be unveiled during a benefit tournament at 6pm Thursday, March 8, in downtown Mount Dora, according to a news release. Open play on the course, which will be constructed on the tennis court in Donnelly Park, begins Friday, March 9, during the monthly Art Splash and continues through Sunday, March 11.

Byron Faudie and Tim Totten, owners of the FunVenture game company, approached the Mount Dora Center for the Arts with the proposal, The pair have created events such as Audio Game, Clue! Live Mystery Parties, the Escape Game in a Box, and the Amazing Race for Charity.

“We both love art and fundraising for nonprofits, but we’re terrible golfers,” Byron says in the release. “So, rather than skip another golf tournament, we decided to create one we’d actually want to play.”

In the tournament, teams of four will compete in events including a hole-in-one contest and closest to the pin. Foursome tickets and hole sponsorship packets are available, with proceeds of the tournament and open play benefitting the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.

“Sharing with a worthy cause is very important to us,” Tim says in the release. “We chose the Mount Dora Center for the Arts because they do such important work and they understand the crazy concept of what we’re doing.”

The pair so far have secured nine designs, including a re-creation of the new Florida Hospital Waterman emergency room, created by the hospital’s architect and contractor; a hole created by local tiny house builder Andrew Bennett; a hole that reflects a local landmark, submitted by artists from Mount Dora High School; and a hole called “The Kitchen Sink.”

The Pop-Up Art Golf Course is a FunVenture project in cooperation with the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and the Mount Dora Parks & Recreation Department. For more information or to enter the golf tournament, visit funventure.us or call Tim Totten at 352.242.8111.

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