Recognizing the potential for a ramped-up tourism promotion opportunity, Buda officials agreed to allocate $40,000 to underwrite a five-year sponsorship for one of its unique recreational businesses.
During a May 18 meeting, City Council agreed to provide funding for the Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum establishment that opened this spring at 1710 FM 1626 in Buda.
The World War II-themed Memorial Mini Golf and Museum is dedicated to the historic education and preservation of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam-era veterans, memorabilia, aircraft and military vehicles, while the mini-golf course adds a counterpart to the museum.
The money—$30,000 of which will be paid up front—will allow the city to paint two murals on the building where tourists could pose for pictures.
City documents state the thinking is that the murals would create inroads toward social media posts made by visitors.
Tourists would also be able to access QR codes that would be on both of the murals and provide information on other places to eat and shop in the city.
The additional $10,000 would go toward extra expenses that may be incurred, such as artist fees and maintenance, according to the city.
Tracy Anderson of the Buda Economic Development Corp. said the project will serve as a great opportunity to add to Buda's brand.
"We felt like it was a tourist attraction to have people come like they do in Austin and take pictures, post it to social media and have kind of that advertising of Buda," Anderson said.
There is not yet a specific plan for what the murals will portray, but Anderson said it must have a veteran-centered theme.
The next step involves the Memorial Mini Golf and Museum signing a letter of intent, and then the city’s legal counsel would draft a contract to be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting.
Buda takes a swing at sponsoring Memorial Miniature Golf and Museum to boost tourism
World War II veteran and Austin native and resident Huie Lamb (right) stands with Memorial Mini Golf and Museum co-owner Brian McKinney at the establishment in 2020 prior to its opening. (Courtesy Brian McKinney)