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10 Attractions That Would Make Awesome Golf Courses 

Spinning: Petco Park Transformed Into Golf Course
The home of the San Diego Padres has been temporarily transformed into a one-of-a-kind golf course.

The San Diego Padres and Callaway have turned Petco Park into a nine-hole par-3 course called the Links at Petco Park, open Nov. 4-9. Greens fee: $50. Fun idea, and it got us thinking: What other parks, monuments and attractions could be converted into must-play courses? Here are 10 that came to mind.

1. LAMBEAU FIELD

 

Upside: Clay Matthews’ hair a reliable indicator of wind direction.

Downside: Wind direction? Wind chill would leave most golfers crying for their mommies. Also, have you ever tried hitting a 3-iron off frozen tundra?

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2. FENWAY PARK

 

Upside: Iconic “CITGO” sign beyond left field wall easily replaced by “EZ-GO” sign.

Downside: Tiger’s stinger would never clear the Green Monster.

 

3. CHURCHILL DOWNS

 

Upside: Yardages far more fun when converted to furlongs.

Downside: Too many “horses for courses” jokes.

 

4. WIMBLEDON

 

Upside: Strawberries & cream, plus sweet memories of Rory & Caroline, Sergio & Martina, Greg & Chrissy.

Downside: After a fortnight, grass-strapped Centre Court makes Chambers Bay greens look lush.

 

5. WHITE HOUSE LAWN

 

Upside: President Obama certain to be on board for any day but Easter.

Downside: Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump live-tweeting your round.

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6. DODGERS STADIUM

 

Upside: Announcer Vin Scully and his dulcet tones announcing you on the first tee.

Downside: Deranged baserunner Chase Utley barreling into your foursome.

 

7. KAUFFMAN STADIUM (KANSAS CITY)

 

Upside: Royals’ World Series title afterglow pretty much everywhere you look.

Downside: Rookie Tour winner Smylie Kaufman keeps insisting the place is spelled wrong.

 

8. MALL OF AMERICA

 

Upside: Cinnabon, Orange Julius—the restaurant infrastructure is already in place.

Downside: Foot Locker “refs” blowing whistles to allege arcane rules infractions.

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9. ELLIS ISLAND

 

Upside: Totally inclusive membership policy.

Downside: Big, green lady in fairway even slower than Paddy Harrington.

 

10. HOGWARTS

 

Upside: Quidditch infrastructure already features plenty of bleachers for spectating.

Downside: Annoying playing partner keeps referring to golf ball as “Philosopher’s Stone.”

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A scale model of Hogwarts castle used in the Harry Potter movies.

(PHOTOS: Petco Park and Calloway's Awesome 9-hole Course)

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