Top Golf starts at MGM Park


A new sport has officially taken over MGM Park for the next three weekends: Golf.

Today was the first day MGM’s golf experience was open for business. The 9-hole course features different tee boxes from various locations around the ballpark including home plate, the party decks, and the concourse.

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Golfers have two chances to get their ball either in the white circle for par or the red circle for a birdie. Anything else is considered a bogie.

The experience also includes a target challenge, similar to going to Top Golf. Here golfers are able to hit from one of the two party decks to see who can land their shots the furthest in the outfield.

Shuckers Assistant Manager Trevor Matifes assures that the experience is helpful for golfers and non-golfers. “You’ll be good at your short game by the time you leave here. You’re using usually a pitching wedge or nine iron, so you’ll be working a lot on your short game. And I think our longest hole for the nine-holes is 113, so 113 yards. I think the target challenge is where, you know, people who may not golf all the time will have a good time. You know, you can just get up here and swing. You don’t have to play the game. And, uh, just kinda aim for different targets or just hit some golf balls out here at MGM Park.”

Parties of up to four are able to reserve tee times from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the 9-hole course. The target challenge has one hour time slots available starting at 4:15 p.m. for up to seven people.

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Grace Boyles was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capitol of the World”. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with dual majors, earning degrees in Communications and Creative Writing. During her time at Michigan, Grace broadcasted countless sporting events for the Big Ten Network, from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball to wrestling. Grace’s favorite sport to cover, however, was Michigan football from the sidelines at the Big House— even when it was 25 degrees and snowing! Grace is excited and eager to explore the Gulf Coast, meet new people, and learn more about this incredible community while telling the area’s news and sports stories.