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Practice Putting At 3,000 Feet With This Mountaintop Mini-Golf Course

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If you make it to the top of La Rhune, a 3,000-foot-tall mountain in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, you can look up and out to the natural panorama: peaks and valleys stretching unobstructed into the distance. Or you could look down to the playful Panorama: an eight-hole goofy golf course at your feet.

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The incongruous creative installation is part of a larger celebration surrounding the 90th anniversary of the vintage train that gets visitors up the Basque-land slope in a quick 35 minutes—and consequently also lugged the oversized letters up to the summit. Designers Gangpol & Mit put the whole thing together back in February when there was snow on the ground and the weather wasn't quite right for a jolly round of putt-putt.

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Check out this great little vid of the production process:

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Now that things have thawed, it's got to be one of the most scenic places in the world to practice your short game.

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Apparently there are lots of local art exhibitions and events to go along with the almost-centennial—which sounds awesome—but if you want to plan a trip you should get going; the whole thing, train and all, will shut down on November 11th when winter rolls around. [designboom]

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