It’s mid-June and that means one of our favorite annual events has returned to Downtown Huntsville. The award-winning Downtown Open presented by Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group debuted last Thursday and runs through June 23rd. This free “Pop Up” Putt Putt course is bigger than ever as 31 holes wind through the Rocket City Center.
While the Downtown Open is free to play throughout the event, we thought we’d share 5 “Spackler Pro Tips” developed by the 2019 Downtown Open Honorary Chairman Carl Spackler.
Spackler Pro Tip #1: Grab a free course map and scorecard like the one below. It’s a handy way to work your way through the course that covers over 6 city blocks. You can get your card from the DHI office, Harrison Brothers Hardware, Honest Coffee Roasters, Big Oh’s, Rivenbark & Roper Antiques and Green Bus Brewing. Spackler also notes that golf balls and putters are available to borrow at the previous locations as well thanks to The Ledges and Insanity Complex.
Spackler Pro Tip #2: Challenge your colleagues to a competition. With 30+ holes, lots of companies, community organizations, and friend groups often meet at the Downtown Open for an afternoon or evening of free fun and a potential side bet or two. Some of the holes are pretty easy to putt but some definitely make a Par 5 seem like a solid score.
Spackler Pro Tip #3: Try a Trail while you play. Did you know that the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail, Craft Coffee Trail, and Secret Art Trail each have official stops along the Downtown Open course? You can visit Green Bus Brewing, Below the Radar, and Old Town Beer Exchange while enjoying the Open or you can check out Honest Coffee Roasters and Piper & Leaf’s new Downtown location, Piper & Leaf Constitution Park, while you min-golf around the city center. And, almost every Secret Art Trail is located near a Downtown Open hole!
Spackler Pro Tip #4: Make it a date! That’s right, we often see couples putting along the Open on a date night. Combine your putting with a romantic meal or after dinner cocktail and you’ll have aced all the ingredients for a birdie-ful evening.