Forget the ball park, 'take me out to the golf course!'
Fifth Third Field will soon be transformed into a miniature golf course, giving fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to putt their way across the outfield.
Prior to the field December transformation for Winterfest 2014, presented by ProMedica, the minor-league ball park's field will be turned into a mini-golf course in September.
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The Links at Fifth Third Field will open to the public September 25-28, marking the first time a minor league baseball field has been turned into a giant putting green.
"I always thought it would be interesting to see a natural grass putt-putt course," said Jake Tyler, sports turf manager at Fifth Third Field. "The timing is perfect to create this once in a lifetime opportunity for our community."
The challenging 18-hole course will not having any rolling hills or slopes, but will feature lots of angles, dog legs, and sand traps. A confusing back nine will include an intersection of holes 14 and 15, and a difficult hole 17 that finishes on top of the pitcher's mound.
The course will be cut into the turf and is expected to take up to two weeks to complete.
Each player will receive a souvenir 'Links at Fifth Third Field' golf ball. Admission will be $15 with a portion of the proceeds going to area charities.
Anxious fans can begin booking 'tee times' on August 4 by calling 419-725-HENS(4367).