I’m pretty conflicted on this one.
Urban Putt, which promises a “steampunk-style” mini-golf course and cocktail bar stuffed into an old funeral home, is now seeking $50,000 in donations on Kickstarter. What for? They’ve always spent $750,000 on construction and they need the cash to finish it all up.
Of course, handing over free money to for-profit businesses over Kickstarter already grates me—especially given how many local non-profits really need the money right now. And considering Urban Putt is being designed by the folks responsible for Mission Bowling Club and the bar is managed by the mixology thought leaders from Trick Dog, it seems particularly undeserving (seriously, any person who donates to Trick Dog needs to be sent back to their manufacturer under warranty).
But if you look past all that and their assuredly ridiculous clientele, it probably won’t be that bad. Take the above photo: it’s skeeball and mini golf. Skeeball and mini golf!
The whole place looks like a competent burner’s putt-putt paradise:
It certainly doesn’t look like another twee speakeasy with dreamy assholes in suspenders serving up cocktails in mason jars.
So if this is your sort of thing, you can donate over on Kickstarter. Or don’t. Whatever.
UPDATE: Urban Putt’s “Chief Greenskeeper” Steve Fox responds to some our (and commenter’s) criticisms in the comments.