Tee Up “18 Drives Through Dublin”

At 10:00 every Monday morning, I sit in a conference room and squeeze in a sentence or two as ten talkative people “tee up” the week ahead. During the din of last week’s meeting, I remembered that I needed to “tee up” my plans to drive through Dublin on a scavenger hunt to find some giant-sized golf balls. For Pride. For Team. For Glory, Historic Dublin

To celebrate its hosting of two professional golf competitions — The Presidents Cup, held earlier this month, and the Memorial Tournament, held each May — the City of Dublin, Ohio organized a temporary community art exhibition called 18 Drives Through Dublin. Eighteen large golf ball sculptures are mounted on tees atop bases covered with artificial turf. Weighing more than 200 pounds and standing about five and a half feet tall, each statue is sponsored and artistically embellished by a Dublin business or organization.

Last Sunday morning, I checked them out.

When I saw this pair riding the streets, I almost bagged my plans in favor of having a snack with them at La Chatelaine.

It was hard to resist the chance to make friends with this dog and his charming owner …

but I kept on going and arrived at the corner of Bridge & High Streets, where “For Pride. For Team. For Glory” commemorates The Presidents Cup.  Walking west a few steps, I took in the “View from the 17th Tee” at 50 W. Bridge St., courtesy of Muirfield Wealth Management Group at UBS.

View from the 17th TeeI tested my foreign language skills with “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes” at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s office at 129 S. High St.

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes, Dublin Chamber of CommerceStopping by the Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop at the corner of Avery-Muirfield and Hospital Drives, I treated myself to “A Hole in One.”

A Hole in One, Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake ShopI saw how many Dublin festivities I could recognize on the City of Dublin’s “World Festival & Event City” golf ball at the corner of Emerald Parkway and Coffman Park Drive.

"World Festival & Event City," City of DublinAcross the street, I found Hidaka USA’s “Cherry Blossoms in Dublin.”

"Cherry Blossoms in Dublin," Hidaka USAThe Upper Plaza in Historic Dublin is home to two golf balls: “Friends, Family, Flavor and Spirit at Mezzo” and Cardinal Health’s “Essential to Community.” A short walk to 75 N. High St. led me to the Columbus Clippers’ “This Ship Rocks.”

"This Ship Rocks," Columbus Clippers

OCLC’s “Libraries Connect Communities,” at the busy corner of 161 and Post Road, called for a much closer look…Libraries Connect Communities, OCLC
…from all sides. Libraries Connect Communities, OCLC
Best of all was “The Sisters Cup,” outside The Sisters Sweet Shoppe at 45 N. High St.

The Sisters CupI whizzed by four more: AEP Energy’s “The Energy of a Child – Supporting the Buckeye Ranch” in the roundabout at Avery and Post Roads; Safelite Auto Glass’s “Chip In to Make a Difference” at the corner of Emerald Parkway & Dublin Road; “Top of Our Game,” the Columbus Partnership’s contribution at the corner of Riverside Drive and Emerald Parkway; and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s “When Your Child Needs a Hospital, Everything Matters,” at the corner of Avery-Muirfield Drive and Post Road.

Three golf balls were missing in action.  The Memorial Tournament’s “Honor, Tradition and Excellence” was still recKnitted and crocheted golf balls at Knitting Temptationsuperating from its adventure after having been stolen and then recovered a few days ago, but I’m hoping it will be back at the corner of Dublin Road and Memorial Drive again soon.  I never could find Fahlgren Mortine’s “Think Wider,” at the corner of Riverside Drive and 161. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s “Irish Is an Attitude” golf ball at 1 W. Bridge St.

The embellished golf balls have been on display since mid-September and will continue to be on view through mid-June 2014.

Two more special golf balls are on display in Historic Dublin.  See them at 35 S. High St., the home of Knitting Temptations, my favorite source for yarn.


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