Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
One dream I’ve always had ever since I picked up a golf club and started hacking my way across local fairways has been to hit golf balls over the wall at a Major League Baseball stadium. The thought of being able to whack a pitching wedge over the porch in right field, and heck, maybe even round the bases for good measure afterward just seems like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?
Now, 1,500 lucky golfers in the San Diego area are going to get a chance to do exactly that.
Petco Park in San Diego, home of MLB’s San Diego Padres, has partnered with Callaway Golf to create a nine-hole par-3 golf course at their baseball field from this Thursday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 8.
Originally, only 144 golfers were supposed to partake but due to high demand over 1,500 golfers will be allowed to take to the course this coming weekend.
According to Golf Digest, who got an exclusive first look at the course, the round will cost $50 and will include “a hat, parking and the chance to test Callaway wedges.”
The first hole will start at home plate with golfers teeing off towards center field for a 110-yard shot, which might just be the coolest opening hole in golf for the time being.
The total yardage for the nine-hole course will be 1,002 yards and the course even has added trees and bunkers, giving it the look and feel of a real par-3 golf course.
And if all that isn’t cool enough, golfers will be allowed to warm up in the Padres’ batting cages beneath the stadium.
Hopefully other teams will take notice so the rest of us can experience this awesome opportunity.
Bryan Altman is an Associate Producer and writer for CBS Local Sports. For some reason, he is an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams. Read more from Bryan here.