You’ll be able to play nine holes at Petco Park on November 5-8, as the San Diego Padres and Callaway Golf unveiled The Links at Petco Park, where golfers will have the opportunity to take shots onto the playing field from various tees along a course designed within the ballpark.
It’s an interesting take on offseason ballpark promotion. Last season the Toledo Mud Hens (Class AAA; International League) installed the Links at Fifth Third Field before the field was resurfaced, but the golf was of the putt-putt variety. The Petco Park installation involves some real golf.
“San Diego is a premier golf destination and Callaway is a premier golf brand, so partnering on this event makes perfect sense,” said Padres Vice President of Corporate and Event Revenue Jeremy Horowitz. “The opportunity to play golf inside a Major League ballpark does not come along every day. We are looking forward to working with Callaway to make this an unforgettable experience, and to seeing our partnership grow over the coming years.”
“We’re always trying to provide authentic golf experiences with our products that are unique and engaging, and that’s exactly what this partnership with the Padres is about,” said Callaway Sr. VP of Marketing Harry Arnett. “Playing a nine-hole course at a venue like Petco Park with Callaway golf clubs and balls will be a once-in-a-lifetime round, and we are excited to be a part of it.”
The nine-hole course begins on a putting green in the home dugout at Petco Park. From there, golfers will move to the ballpark’s upper deck for holes two through five, where they will hit shots onto the field from various locations. Hole six will tee off on the field level near the Western Metal Supply Co. building before golfers move to the Batter’s Eye out in centerfield for hole seven. Hole eight will feature another putting shot, this time in the bullpen. The final hole of the course will be located on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Each hole along the course will feature a unique theme and an opportunity to win prizes like a new Callaway Great Big Bertha Driver, with various holes offering corresponding snacks and beverages. Finally, golfers will finish their day in The Loft presented by Budweiser, which will be transformed into a Callaway clubhouse. There, they will have the opportunity to relax with additional food and beverages available for purchase, watch other golfers along the course, and shop for commemorative items.
The course will be reserved for media and corporate use on Thursday, November 5, and will be open to the public for purchase Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8. Tee times go on sale to the general public at padres.com/thelinks. Entry may be purchased for twosomes or foursomes, reserving tee times throughout the day beginning at 7:30 a.m. Callaway clubs and balls will be provided for golfers to use for this experience.
Pricing starts at $100 for twosomes ($50 per player) and $200 for foursomes. The cost includes parking, snacks and beverages along the course, limited edition “The Links at Petco Park” hats, and a nine-hole round for each golfer. Upgraded Platinum twosomes and foursomes are also available for $400 and $800, respectively. In addition to the standard package, upgrades will include a limited edition Padres-branded Callaway club for each golfer and tickets to a 2016 Padres game.