The Padres, Callaway team up to build stadium golf course

November 11, 2015  - By
The tee boxes and pin locations for the 9-hole Links at Petco Park. Photo courtesy: San Diego Padres.

The tee boxes and pin locations for the nine-hole Links at Petco Park. Photo courtesy: San Diego Padres.

Callaway and the San Diego Padres sparked a partnership to create the nine-hole Links at Petco Park, which was open Nov. 5–9 and brought in an estimated 1,600 golfers.

The 1,002-yard, par-3 course was originally set to be open Nov. 6–8, but there was so much interest in playing the course that the dates were extended an extra two days to Nov. 5–9, according to the Padres‘ website.

With a standard rate of $100 per twosome and $200 per foursome, no wonder more rounds were added. At $400 per twosome and $800 per foursome, the upgraded platinum experience included 2016 Padres tickets and a Callaway MD3 wedge for each golfer, according to

Watch below to see how the crew changed the Padres’ home into the Links at Petco Park.

Participants nearly had a full golf course experience at the park. Bunkers and water features dotted the field and the No.1 tee box was located at home plate. Golfers zig-zagged throughout the 40,000-seat stadium to tee off from various locations.

Callaway’s Johnny Rodriguez even sat down with Matt Balough, head groundskeeper at Petco Park, to talk about what it took to create the temporary golf course.

“It’s totally a natural,” Dave Neville, senior director of marketing for Callaway Golf told ESPN. “I go to Padres games all the time. And when you see people at the park, people say, ‘I wish I could hit from home plate.’ Now you can.”

At the end of the experience the lowest score was a 5-under-par from two players, and there was a total of four hole-in-ones. If you watched SportsCenter after Monday Night Football you might have seen Kenny Mayne take his turn on the course, as only Mayne can.

It seems like the the event was a huge success, just check out the #TheLinksAtPetco hashtag from Instagram Callaway shared… You would think they would be open to bringing it back out in late January for the STMA show.

Grant Gannon

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Grant Gannon is the Associate Editor for Golfdom and Athletic Turf. Gannon earned his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, where he majored in journalism and was a reporter and copy editor at the college’s newspaper, The Lantern. He has also interned for, the official website for OSU’s then-head football coach Luke Fickell, and worked at The Columbus Dispatch. He creates content for Golfdom’s print, digital and social media platforms.

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