With the turf slated for replacement after a winter skating-rink installation, the Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League) have installed a 36-hole miniature golf course in the Fifth Third Field outfield.
This isn’t something most teams could tackle: tearing up the outfield to install a 36-hole putt-putt course. But the conditions were right for the Mud Hens front office to offer a unique offseason promotion before hockey season. (As you’ll recall, the Mud Hens own the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, the centerpiece of a winter ice-rink festival later in the year.)
“I always thought it would be interesting to see a natural grass putt-putt course,” said Jake Tyler, Sports Turf Manager for the Mud Hens, via press release. “The timing is perfect to create this once in a lifetime opportunity for our community.”
Tyler designed and constructed both 18-hole courses. The initial plan was to have one 18-hole course but due to the overwhelming response to play the course it was expanded into two matching courses. The Links at Fifth Third Field is designed to have a lot of angles, dog legs and sand traps. All holes are par two.
Adding to the promotional value: the team is offering mini-golf for just one weekend, and it’s coming up on Sept. 26-28. The team is also offering a series of promotional T-shirts and other items tied into the event.
Images courtesy Toledo Mud Hens.
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