Just when you thought you had played golf in every possible milieu, here comes a chance to play from the upper deck or the rightfield stands. Citi Field will become a nine-hole course Nov. 3-5.
Golfers will hit off driving range-style mats to various spots on the field, landscaped to look like nine holes. Each player’s score will be based on where the shot lands — a 1 if it goes in the green, a double-bogey if it is not on the prescribed grid. Putting is not involved. But organizers, at a company called stadiumlinksgolf.com, say that participants will have access to places they can’t visit at a typical Mets game.
The idea was popularized by the Callaway equipment company, which has held similar outings at Petco Park, home of the Padres. It hit a home run, drawing thousands. Stadiumlinks has held golf events this year in football stadiums throughout the country, including Los Angeles Coliseum, and has sold out each time.
Tee times for Citi Field went on sale this week at stadiumlinksgolf.com and mets.com/Stadiumlinks. Bookings are being done by twosomes or foursomes, starting at $85 per person. If nothing else, it sure will rank as unusual, a chance to hit balls into the park by fans who normally root for ballplayers to hit balls out. It will be an opportunity to aim for a green in leftfield, the spot patrolled by Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets most avid golfer.
Shinnecock fairways to be narrowed
Jeff Hall, the head of competitions for the U.S. Golf Association, said Monday in a Facebook video that fairways will be narrowed for the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in June 2018. Hall, speaking from the 18th green, acknowledged that a recent club renovation had widened the fairways but added that the USGA wants to add an accuracy component to the test that the Open represents. USGA executive director Mike Davis said in a Newsday interview last month that, in retrospect, he would have liked narrower fairways this past year at Erin Hills.
Ace on 350-yard par 4
The 350-yard par-4 fifth hole at Meadow Brook Club is unforgettable for anyone who has ever played or seen it (fans remember it as No. 14 the Northville Long Island Classic). It is a sharp dogleg left, with a green that is tantalizingly close but also is steeply pitched and heavily guarded with bunkers. Nico Donaldson, a member, took on the challenge recently and was rewarded with a hole-in-one. Club officials said it was the first ace ever registered on that hole.
This is the final edition of Clubhouse Confidential for the season. Hole-in-one information can still be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication in the spring.
Kerry Klein, Willow Creek GC, 14th hole, 138 yards, 5-hybrid
Brian Gerhauser, Great Rock GC, 12th hole, 120 yards, pitching wedge
Len Hecker, Cherry Creek Links, second hole, 89 yards, pitching wedge
Pat Bohlert, Wind Watch CC, sixth hole, 164 yards, 6-iron
Christine DeBernardo, Swan Lake GC, 16th hole, 105 yards, 7-iron
Kevin Leddy, Baiting Hollow Club, 13th hole, 151 yards, 9-iron
Anita Anziano, Wheatley Hills GC, eighth hole, 143 yards, 5-iron
Adam Moskowitz, Old Westbury Overlook, fifth hole, 141 yards, 9-iron
Damian Giorlando, Woodmere Club, ninth hole, 185 yards, 6-iron
Dominick Scarglato, Stonebridge GL&CC, 15th hole, 142 yards, 9-iron
Ly Cuong, Timber Point Red, fifth hole, 193 yards, 19-degree hybrid
Bill Andrew, Spring Lake GC, sixth hole, 128 yards, 9-iron