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Arizona Mini Golf

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abandoned mini golf course
Willcox, AZ
This abandoned mini golf course may have been inspired by the figures at the Magic Carpet Golf described above. It has been abandoned since at least the 1980s or 1990s. Does anyone know the name or history of this place? [map]

Magic Carpet Golf [gone]
Tucson, AZ
Magic Carpet Golf had two incredible courses. The first was built in 1969 and the second in 1970. They were designed by Lee Koplin who also built the Goofy Golf courses in Guerneville, CA and in Florida (Panama City Beach, Pensacola, and Fort Walton Beach). All four of these courses still survive and have many of the same statues as those in Tucson. Michael Kautza built the figures at this course according to Koplin's designs. The Magic Carpet Golf in Tucson closed in 2008. Most of statues were moved to nearby businesses and residences. However, the Sphinx was destroyed. Some of the statues were moved to the Valley of the Moon.

The sign was restored and reinstalled at another location in town. It is about 20 feet wide and 12 feet tall. The letters originally had blinking lights rather than neon. The vinyl genie may have been a later replacement or addition.

Lee Koplin also built a Goofy Golf in Biloxi, MS in 1957. This course was later demolished and replaced by Koplin with a Magic Golf. It was completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There are other Magic Carpet Golfs with original Koplin figures in Carnelian Bay & South Lake Tahoe, CA, Reno, NV, and Galveston, TX. There was another in Osage Beach, MO which has been demolished.

For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The statues below all came from the Magic Carpet Golf described above. Most of them are now at private residences.

Monkey
Tucson, AZ
Dinosaur
Tucson, AZ
This Monkey is now located in the backyard of a private residence. [map]

This Dinosaur is now located at Amcep Metals. [map]

Easter Island Head
Tucson, AZ
In 2009, this Easter Island Head was installed on the patio at The Hut nightclub. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Bull
Tucson, AZ
This Bull is now located at O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse. [map]

Gator, Snake, & Skull
Tucson, AZ
The Gator, Snake & Skull are now in the front yard of a private residence. [map]

Ant
Tucson, AZ
Sun
Tucson, AZ
Buddha
Tucson, AZ
Goop
Tucson, AZ
These statues also came from Magic Carpet Golf.

This Ant is now located in the front yard of a private residence. [map]

The Sun is now located in front of a closed water store. [map]

The Buddha is now located in the backyard of a private residence. It is not visible from the road.

The Goop is now located in the front yard of a private residence. [map]

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