Marion, Ill. (February 20, 2017) - For anyone who has ever dreamed of hitting a golf ball inside a baseball stadium, now is your chance! The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they will turn Rent One Park into a nine-hole golf experience, “The Links at Rent One Park,” from April 21-24. Daily tee times will run throughout the day beginning at 8:00 a.m.
“The opportunity to play golf inside a minor league ballpark does not come along every day,” said Miners COO Mike Pinto. “We are looking forward to working with our corporate partners to make this an unforgettable experience.”
Each hole will have its own unique theme, including the “Winter Wonderland Weather Hole,” with snow and wind blowing on the golfer, and the “Heckler Hole,” where golfers will play through crowd noise and a heckler. Other themes will include a “Beerfest Hole” with beer samplings available, the “Eclipse Hole”, the “Arnold Palmer Tribute Hole,” where shots will be taken with old wooden-shafted irons, and the “Grand Slam Hole,” where golfers will hit the ball literally “out of the ballpark” at a target green outside the stadium. The course will also have a few water hazards and sand traps. Mulligans will be available for purchase for $5 on select holes with the proceeds being donated to the United Way.
“Playing a nine-hole course at a venue like Rent One Park will be a once-in-a-lifetime round and we can’t wait to bring another Premium Stadium Experience to the people in our region,” Pinto added. “This is going to be a blast. Like with Winter Wonderland, this fits our ‘Disney at the Diamond’ approach to creating new fan and unique experiences at the park.”
A round of golf at “The Links at Rent One Park” will cost $80 for pairs and $160 for foursomes, including a “Links” golf cap, commemorative golf ball and two 2017 Opening Day Miners tickets. Upgraded “platinum” pairs and foursomes are also available for that also includes other commemorative merchandise. Non-golfers, friends and family will be allowed into the stadium to be part of the gallery at no charge.
“This will be a great ‘get together’ night, date night or an opportunity to entertain clients”, Pinto said. “Of course with this format, you don’t need to be a serious golfer. Anyone can do this, and an entire round will take a little more than an hour.”
Tee times can be reserved by the public at www.southernillinoisminers.com/links beginning at 10:00 am on March 2nd. Miners season ticket holders with a paid agreement for 2017 will have a priority window and the opportunity to make tee time reservations beginning at 10:00 am on March 1st. Corporate events can be arranged by calling the Miners ticket office while tee times are available. To get an idea of what to expect when playing at the Links at Rent One Park, iBatman and Dave Mckenzie, local on-air personality and Miners public address announcer already got a chance to play and here's what they had to say: