Tucson, Arizona: Magic Carpet Golf (Gone)

Bulldozed in 2011, but some of its statues were moved elsewhere in Tucson.
Directions:
East of I-10, west of S. Kolb Rd. on north side of Speedway Blvd.
Status:
Gone
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Easter Island head at Magic Carpet Golf.

Magic Carpet Golf

There's a miniature golf course in Tucson with a lot of the same statues as Goofy Golf in Panama City Beach, FL, including the monkey, the dinosaur, the Easter Island head, and the Sphinx (plus some giant flowers that used to be at Goofy Golf but are no longer there.) It's called Magic Carpet Golf, and it turns out it was designed by Goofy Golf's Lee Koplin [his brother Bill and Bill Jr.] and built in 1969 and 1970. [RA: We've since heard that the statues were actually built by Michael Kautza and Andy, his brother]. The bad news is that it closed last December and will probably be turned into a parking lot for a car dealership.

Recently, there's been some speculation in the Tucson newspaper about moving some of the statues to Valley of the Moon, but Valley of the Moon is currently closed and trying to raise half a million dollars for restoration, so who knows if that's going to happen.

[Dean Jeffrey, 02/06/2008]

Sphinx hazard at mini-golf course.

Update 2012: Mostly through the efforts of local artist Charles Spillar, nearly all of the Magic Carpet Golf statues were moved, intact, to new homes in the Tucson area. The one that nobody wanted was the multi-ton Sphinx; it was finally bulldozed in 2011.

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