A couple of Houston architects have a proposal for the northern portion of the soon-to-be-shuttered Greenspoint Mall at the northeast intersection of Beltway 8 and I-45: Turning it into a driving range surrounded by 3 golf holes. Why such an abbreviated course? Well, there’s only so much land available. But Paul Kweton and Hidekazu Takahashi of Studio Paulbaut consider the paring down an attractive update to convention that could help to make the sport more accessible:
“It takes up to 5 hours to play a decent round of golf,” they write. Their Greenspoint green would offer a quicker golfing proposition: A round of golf in 60 minutes.
Accordingly, they’ve named their project Golf60. “The Golf60 facility consists of the clubhouse (above) with adjacent surface parking, practice greens and sandtraps, driving range, and 3-hole golf course,” they write. The clubhouse is shown tucked into the landscape, allowing a 2-level driving range:
Inside would be a pro shop and a cafe. Flood lights on the course would allow night play.
Visitors would start at the clubhouse and warm up on the driving range, then head out to the 3 Par 4 holes, wrapped around the range:
- Golf60 [Studio Paulbaut]
Images: Studio Paulbaut