Join us for the 3rd season of this playable, artist-designed, nine-hole mini golf installation, designed to be inclusive, family friendly and accessible.

Per the City of St. Louis mandate, masks are required for anyone 9 years of age or older, and recommended for for visitors between the ages of 2-8 years old.

Hole #1: “Sze’s Route” by Jacob Stanley Inspired by the installation work of artist Sarah Sze, “Sze’s Route” will incorporate every day and industrial objects such as milk crates, wooden chairs, clamp lights, ladders and conduit to create challenges for the player on the way to the hole!

Hole #2: “Conservation Begins at Home” by Charmin Dahl
This collaborative hole continues the course, featuring textile art including quilting, crocheting and embroidery created by curator of the Paly Foundation Charmin Dahl, along with students and community volunteers. Depicting a “nature-yard” or community greenspace, players will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Missouri’s native flora and fauna including birds, pollinators, plants and insects, culminating in resources for the player to learn more about creating habitats for St. Louis’ urban wildlife and other steps they can take to support conservation.

Hole #3: “Mishap at the Circus” by Mark Sheppard
A day at the circus is usually a fun-filled event with clowns, trapeze artists, performing dogs and cotton candy, but Mark Sheppard’s version takes a slightly different turn, with undertones of the sinister lurking in the shadows. Players will be greeted by paintings that pay homage to Bosch, Bruegel and Goya in this macabrely funny hole!

Hole #4: “Fauna Chroma” by Justin King
Returning artist Justin King brings his whimsical recycled-cardboard creations to life once again with a majestic 3-D display of everyone’s favorite animals including elephants, rhinos and gazelles, and a zebra-print rug playing surface.

Hole #5: “Get a Clue!” by Natalie Pinson
Audience-favorite in 2018, designer Natalie Pinson creates a meticulously curated, immersive version of the classic board game Clue! From the exaggerated “golf-sized” billiard table and the black-and-white tiled Ballroom; to the mysterious library; lush, plant filled conservatory; and prop-filled study where players can pose with the dangerous weapon of their choice, this interactive hole sets the stage for a fun-filled who-done-it!

Hole #6: “Zip It” by Ameli Blaser
Inspired by the zipper installation in the old garment district on Washington Avenue, and St. Louis’ resurgence as a fashion community, fashion designer Ameli Blaser creates a life-sized zipper made with Astroturf, sheet metal and 3-D printing. Golfers will have the option to take their shots the easy way, around the zipper – or the hard way for a hole-in-one, straight through the zipper pull!

Hole #7: “Opening Theory” by World Chess Hall of Fame
For its third creation as part of Golf the Galleries, the World Chess Hall of Fame presents a hole inspired by chess’ over 1,500-year-long history and its origins in India. Warriors riding elephants, camels and horses will take the place of bishops, knights and rooks in this colorful course that blends the historic and the fantastic!

Hole #8: “Bauhaus” by Alejandro Franco and Kelly Jimenez
Award-winning artists Alejandro Franco and Kelly Jimenez commemorate the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking Bauhaus art movement with a highly-stylized and colorful hole. Both Colombian-born artists who often use discarded materials to create highly crafted artifacts, Franco and Jimenez will explore the Bauhaus movement with bold geometrical designs in different disciplines. Their most recent exhibition. “Throwaway World,” was recently on view at Granite City Art and Design.

Hole #9: “Louis Vuittaco” by Martha Valenta and Brian Macke
Designed by artist and owner of I Need That Art, Martha Valenta, and built by scenic carpenter and theatre technical director Brian Macke, “Louis Vuittaco” reimagines the humble taco as a luxury item, paring it with the universally-recognized logo of legendary design house Louis Vuitton. Due to a medical condition that requires her to avoid many of her favorite foods, Valenta channels her foodie dreams into these playful, heartfelt works of art, which in this case, invites players to putt through and around a giant taco and its tasty fillings.


Visitor capacity will be limited to 8 golfers per 15-minute time slot.

Advanced, timed tickets will be sold via MetroTix. Walk-up ticket purchases are welcome, but we encourage advance purchase to guarantee entry time. Tickets go off sale at midnight the night before each date. Please check our social media channels for updates on walk-up availability.

For online sales, buyers will select the hour of entry (10 a.m. hour, 11 a.m. hour) and will be assigned the next available 15-minute entry time that fits their party size. If you wish to specifically purchase a time on the quarter or half hour, (10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m.), and it is not offered by the online seller, please cancel the shopping cart and order by phone at 314.534.1111. Please check your tickets carefully for the exact time of your reservation!

The specific tee time will be listed on the shopping cart screen prior to your purchase and in e-mail confirmations.

Advanced sales end at midnight the night before each date.

Last tee time is one-hour before closing.

Tickets will be delivered as mobile-only. Check-in desk will have a list of expected attendees for each time slot, each day. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to pull up your tickets on your device.

Please do not enter early. Visitors will be asked to remain in their cars, or outsideuntil their appointed ticket time.

All staff and visitors age 9 and older will be required to wear masks; masks for visitors between the ages of 2 and 8 will be encouraged. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Guests will be allowed to remove or lower their masks/face coverings when drinking.

Those who have medical or accessibility challenges that prevent them from wearing masks should contact The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 ext. 19 or to discuss their options.

Visitors will proceed up an entry-only stairwell (or be directed to elevators) to the check-in desk/bar

Elevator capacity will be limited to a maximum of three people.  

All in-person tickets and bar sales will be limited to credit card payments only. No cash or check payments will be accepted. Bar will serve canned beverages only.

A plexiglass barrier will separate check-in and bar staff from visitors.

By purchasing tickets for “Golf the Galleries”  you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By entering The Sheldon, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Sheldon Arts Foundation, or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.


Dedicated entrance and exit routes will be designated at the street level entrance of the Emerson Galleries building.

All staff and visitors age 9 and older will be required to wear masks; masks for visitors between the ages of 2 and 8 will be encouraged. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Guests will be allowed to remove or lower their masks/face coverings when drinking.

All visitors will pass through a free-standing temperature scanner, and will be asked to sign in with the names of everyone in their party for contract-tracing purposes. They will then affirm basic wellness on the day of their visit.

Visitors who do not feel well on the day of their visit, or register 100.4 degrees or higher during the temperature check, will be asked reschedule their visit for a different day.

Visitors who do not provide their own pens will be given a single-use pen to take with them. Sign-in pens will not be reused.

ing parties’ start times will be staggered, with one hole in between each group of golfers. 

 Social distancing will be encouraged with signage throughout The Sheldon, including at check-in, and while golfing. Floor decals inside the exhibit will help manage distancing from hole to hole.

Used golf clubs and balls will be collected in a covered receptacle and sanitized, using Barbicide and/or alcohol-based cleaners recommended by the CDC, by golf staff after each use.


Enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures will be in place throughout the day in public areas.

Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout The Sheldon, including at arrival sign-in, ticket counter, throughout the golf exhibit and in staff work areas.

Staff will be trained in safety and sanitation procedures.

Thank you for joining us for “Golf the Galleries!” Vote for your favorite golf hole, and the winning artist will receive a $1,000 prize!

Click here to vote!

Walk-In Availability for Sunday, September 6:

Low walk in availability today, with only a few slots available at 11:45 and 12:45. Thank you to everyone who came out to play with us this summer!


Hole sponsorships are still available! Call The Sheldon’s Development Department at 314-533-9900 or e-mail for more information.