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A minor league baseball team is turning its stadium into a mini-golf course

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

What should you do with your empty stadium during the off-season? That question has bedeviled sports franchises throughout their history, but now, it seems the Toledo Mud Hens have conjured up a unique solution.

After its regular season ends in September, the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A affiliate will transform its stadium -- which was named the best in AAA baseball by TripAdvisor -- into an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Here's a selection from CBS Detroit's article, who first reported the story. Tickets, according to CBS Detroit, will be $15 per person:

According to the Mud Hens and sports turf manager Jake Tyler it is the first time a minor league park will make a change to a golf course.

"The Links at Fifth Third Field will be flat with no rolling hills and slopes, but it will be challenging," Tyler said. "The first nine holes will have a lot of angles, dog legs, and sand traps. The back nine gets confusing when the fairway of 14 and 15 intersect each other and hole 17 may be the hardest because it finishes up on top of the pitcher’s mound."

Oddly, that isn't the Toledo Mud Hens' only connection to golf. In 2003, while playing in the LPGA's Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, Dottie Pepper donned a Mud Hens uniform during the event to honor her father, who was a former player on the team.

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July 28, 2014

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