THE COUNTRY CLUB, NINE-HOLE MINIATURE GOLF COURSE, OPENS TODAY AT THE BAND BOX IN FIRST TENNESSEE PARK
Public Art Course is a Partnership between The Nashville Sounds,OZ Arts Nashville, Strategic Hospitality and The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
NASHVILLE, TENN. (JUNE 28, 2016) – The Nashville Sounds, OZ Arts Nashville, Strategic Hospitality, and The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, are excited to announce the opening of The Country Club at The Band Box in First Tennessee Park.
The nine-hole miniature golf course will open to the public today when the First Tennessee Park gates open at 6:05 p.m. The course, which features a different local Nashville artist for each hole, is a unique example of combining arts and business in a platform the entire community can enjoy.
“The caliber of this art is world-class, but so accessible because of its location in a miniature golf course,” said Max Goldberg, co-owner of Strategic Hospitality. “Art is meant to be viewed and enjoyed and this platform is the perfect way to share these talented local artists with our community in an engaging way. We’re so happy to be a part of this installation.”
The course is located off the backside of The Band Box, which sits in the right field of First Tennessee Park. The course begins at a retro camper where you will receive your tee time, select your ball and putter, and proceed on to the first hole. Putters are all Ping and Odyssey, and Titleist golf balls will be used as well. The nine holes have been lovingly created by a local artist, each of whom has taken inspiration from different sources to create this dynamic course.
Hole 1: Bankshot, developed by William and Sascha Kooienga
Hole 2: Big Spinning Head, developed by Alex Lockwood
Hole 3: The Flare Loop developed by Andrew Ferrin
Hole 4: The Drive Home, developed by Isle of Printing
Hole 5: The Door, developed by Jeff Stamper
Hole 6: Gibson Guitars – A World of Harmony developed by Cano Ozgener/Rain Dance by Jairo Prado/The SOUNDS of Music City by James Threalkill
Hole 7: Color Wall developed by Herb Williams
Hole 8: Fishboy’s Perilous Putt, developed by Cory Basil and Brian Somerville
Hole 9: Last Chance, developed by Andrew Ferrin
The course also features a poem on the footpath called “A Ball, Of Course” written by Stephanie Pruitt with visual art by Andee Rudloff. On the backside of The Band Box concession stand, artists Mars1 and Curiot partnered together for the first time every to collaborate on a mystical mural.
The Country Club will feature drink stands fashioned by Andrew Ferrin throughout the course, as well as a server so those playing still have access to refreshments. There is a viewing platform for game attendees to enjoy as well. Barton Malow Company constructed the course with design services from Landy Gardner Interiors.
The Country Club, available to all ages and able to accommodate parties of 1 to 4 in size per group, will cost $5 per person to play and will be open for regular ballpark hours with extended hours following Thursday, Friday, and Saturday home games. For more information, follow The Band Box on Instagram @TheBandBoxNashville. For tickets to Nashville Sounds games or other information on First Tennessee Park, please visit www.nashvillesounds.com or call the team’s front office at 615-690-HITS. You can follow the Sounds on Instagram @NashvilleSounds.
About the Nashville Sounds
The Nashville Sounds Baseball Club is the proud Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics and a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League. Founded in 1978, the Sounds play their games at state-of-the-art First Tennessee Park in North Nashville. The team hosts 72 games each year and offers some of the best family-friendly entertainment value in Middle Tennessee. Over the years, Nashville baseball fans have been able to see up-and-coming stars such as Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Steve Balboni, Magglio Ordonez, Aramis Ramirez, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, and Nelson Cruz, to name a few, learn their craft at Greer before making it to the big leagues. For more information, visit www.nashvillesounds.com or follow the team on Twitter (@nashvillesounds).
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.
OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, has presented luminaries such as Philip Glass and Tim Fain, Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, Kyle Abraham and Abraham.In.Motion, Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Trisha Brown Company, Vijay Iyer, Laurie Anderson, SITI Company, Bang On A Can All-Stars and Taylor Mac. OZ Arts serves as a catalyst for local creativity through its TNT (Thursday Night Things) program, which fosters collaborations between Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines; and its newest series The Artists’ Lounge, which gives artists opportunities to develop work before a live audience, including fellow artists, in the venue’s intimate lounge space. OZ Arts is thrilled to have worked with Strategic Hospitality, the Nashville Sounds and Gibson as curatorial consultants for the Country Club at the Band Box. For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.
About Strategic Hospitality
Nashville-based Strategic Hospitality has helped to shape the city’s dining landscape by continuously introducing dynamic, innovative and one-of-a-kind restaurants. Owned by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg, the group operates nine destinations throughout the city including the newly opened Bastion, a neighborhood bar and a 24-seat chef-driven restaurant in Wedgewood-Houston; Le Sel, a two-level French brasserie and bar; Pinewood Social, a social gathering place that includes a bar, restaurant, bowling lanes, outdoor bocce ball court and dipping pools; The Catbird Seat, an intimate and interactive chef-run experience; The Patterson House, a sophisticated speakeasy-style cocktail lounge specializing in hand-crafted, artisan cocktails; the three-story Merchants Restaurant; Paradise Park, a kitschy honky tonk on Lower Broadway; Aerial, a glass-encased rooftop private event space overlooking downtown Nashville; and The Band Box, a seasonal outdoor bar, restaurant and entertainment venue located in the right field of First Tennessee Park. For more information, please visit strategichospitalityonline.com.
About the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
The Arts & Business Council (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages and unites the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving and sustainable creative culture in Nashville. ABC offers four year-round programs in service to its mission: Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts, Education for the Creative Community, Arts Board Matching, and WorkCreative. More information is available at www.ABCnashville.org.