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Mini-Golf Takes Over L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza for a Day

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010, at 10:24AM
Chevron World Challenge Eric Richardson [Flickr]

PGA great Fred Couples watches his ball as he attempts a hole-in-one at a temporary mini-golf course set up on L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza.



Eleven holes of mini-golf have taken over L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza for the day, part of a promotion for the Chevron World Challenge, a PGA tournament taking place in Thousand Oaks at the end of the month.

PGA great Fred Couples may be accustomed to courses that play a little longer, but on Thursday morning he brought his putter to the greens to give some tips to students from Stephenson Middle School in Boyle Heights.

With cameras rolling and the students looking on, Couples attempted to hit a hole-in-one on the course's 11th hole, a rolling hole with both a water feature and sand trap. While his chip had good range, Couples wasn't able to get the ball stopped and in the hole on the astroturf green.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel and County Chief Deputy Assessor Gary Townsend joined in as celebrity caddies for the morning session.

The course will be opened up to the public this evening before the Kings game. Free play will be offered from 5 to 7pm, with a chance to win tickets to the upcoming tournament. The 11th hole is a "Money Hole," where players can win $1000 for charity with a hole-in-one. A clubhouse beer garden is also set up on the plaza.

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