Arizona Mini Golf

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abandoned mini golf course [gone]
Willcox, AZ
This abandoned mini golf course may have been inspired by the figures at the Magic Carpet Golf described above. It had been abandoned since at least the 1980s or 1990s. These photos are from 2012. The statues and other features above were all gone by 2023. Does anyone know the name or history of this place?

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, and 3.

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

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

This Dinosaur was moved to Amcep Metals. The company was gone by 2022 and so was the dinosaur. Does anyone know where he is now?

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, and 3. [map]

Bull [gone]
Tucson, AZ
This Bull was moved to O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse. The business has closed and the statue is gone now. Does anyone know were it is now?

Gator, Snake, & Skull [gone]
Tucson, AZ
The Gator, Snake & Skull were installed in the front yard of a private residence. By 2019, the Skull was missing. By 2022, all three of the statues were gone.

Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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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