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Steampunk Goes Golfing in Denver
A historic building in the Mile High City is home to a steampunk-inspired miniature golf course
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Urban Putt, San Francisco’s steampunk-themed miniature golf course, has opened its second location about 1200 miles away in Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown) area. Urban Putt Denver occupies the historic Denver City Cable Railway Building, which originally opened in 1889 to house facilities for the city’s cable car system. The new location opened on Friday.
As with the San Francisco site, Urban Putt Denver incorporates a bar and restaurant. The space was previously an Old Spaghetti Factory, which closed about a year ago. The old restaurant featured a 1920s-era Denver trolleycar, which the new occupants have kept as a dining area and party room.
The wooden bar was originally owned by world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey.
The facility has two nine-hole golf courses, including six holes with Colorado themes. Among them: downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, the Denver Cable Car Factory, and one based on Colorado’s mining history. The golf courses were constructed by a team that included metalworkers, 3D modelers, game designers, and mural artist-in-residence John Ramirez.
Guests can pay $11 to play one course or $18 for both.
The first Urban Putt opened in 2014 in San Francisco’s Mission District. It was the brainchild of former PC World editorial director Steve Fox, who serves as CEO and “Head Greenskeeper.” The holes at that location were designed by a team of artists and fabricators led by Chris Myers. Housed in a former mortuary, it is the city’s only miniature golf course.
Urban Putt Denver is located at 1201 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202. Urban Putt San Francisco is at 1096 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110.
See the gallery for scenes from the new Urban Putt as well as the original location in San Francisco.