? Golf at Arcosanti? Oh yes!
The amazing ‘Dinky Links’ tournament is the brainchild of alumnus Richard Johnson and originated in Jerome, Arizona.
Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman organized last week-ends tournament with a course planned throughout the Arcosanti site.
This environmentally friendly golf course requires zero maintenance and zero water.
[from upper left] Participants meet at the old water tank in the Minds Garden.? Golf at Arcosanti? Oh yes!
The amazing ‘Dinky Links’ tournament is the brainchild of alumnus Richard Johnson and originated in Jerome, Arizona.
Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman organized last week-ends tournament with a course planned throughout the Arcosanti site.
This environmentally friendly golf course requires zero maintenance and zero water.
[from upper left] Participants meet at the old water tank in the Minds Garden.
Dr. Sparks explains the rules of this local game, like if your ball lands in a cactus or behind a rock, you can move the ball one club-length away for your next shot.
At one of the holes in the Minds Garden all participants tee off at the same time. Whoever hits the old cement mixer first gets a shot subtracted from their score.


? Sparks makes the point that anyone can hit a ball on a lawn.
[from upper left] This much more difficult course consists of 16 holes, 9 holes in the very difficult terrain of the Minds Garden, and 7 holes in various locations between the Arcosanti buildings. One of the most challenging shots is bouncing the ball down into the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. Another shot is from the south-end of the Music Center into the lower level of the silt workshop area. Those balls will be picked up at a later time in the course.
The group moves up the path from in front of the Music Center to their next shot in the Vaults.


? [from upper left] This shot is from the middle of the Vaults into the little Teilhard memorial planter right on the edge of the mesa, part of the Colly Soleri Garden in front of the Vaults. A very challenging shot, if the ball is tapped too hard it will go right over the edge of the mesa.
The next hole is from the path in front of West Housing to a the small lawn in front of the Ceramics Apse. One of the holes is located below the Crafts III building, and another along the path below the Foundry. The image is small but you can see the group below the Foundry Apse on their way to the silt area.
The so-called 19th. hole [in this case the 17th. hole], is ‘The Beach’ at the pool cube where Sparks announces the winners. Among the awards were trophies for first, second and highest score.
The trophies are in the best of Arcosanti recreational tradition. The most coveted award is the mediocrity award, for the person that finishes right in the middle.

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