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Play Golf and Watch Baseball - 27 places to do just that!

Play Golf and Watch Baseball – 27 places to do just that!

Play Golf and Watch Baseball – 27 places to do just that!

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Playing golf during the day and afterward heading to a nearby Major League baseball game would appeal to all those who love both golf and baseball.  

Here is a great guide from Golf Vacation Insider to help you plan a trip to play golf and watch baseball at a Major League Park, all on the same day!

Being a baseball fan (let’s go Mets!), one trip that I’m dying to take one of these summers is a road trip across the United States.  To combine great golf with baseball games in as many Major League stadiums as possible.

I know I’m not alone in my baseball/golf hybrid fandom.  So if you’re thinking of hitting the road, hitting the links and hitting up some of the great ballparks this summer or in the near future.  Here are some more under-the-radar suggestions for where you should tee it up near the Major Leagues’ most iconic parks.  From East to West.

Boston Red Sox – Fenway Park.

Play Golf and Watch Baseball - 27 places to do just that!

One of the positive outcomes of Boston’s protracted “Big Dig” was Granite Links, which is one of the area’s best public facilities.

Boston is home to some of the most stunning recent improvements to the American municipal golf scene, with both George Wright Golf Course and the #1 course at Ponkapoag Golf Course being restored to their Donald Ross roots. On the higher-end side, we recommend Granite Links for its commanding views of the Beantown skyline.

New York Yankees/New York Mets – Yankee Stadium/Citi Field.

Play Golf and Watch Baseball - 27 places to do just that!

Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is a Jack Nicklaus designed course conceived as a linksy oasis in the middle of New York City. (Courtesy of the Trump Organization)

The greater New York City area is home to dozens of phenomenal private clubs.  As well as a number of excellent playable courses. For the Bronx bombers, we suggest either Pelham Bay and Split Rock or Trump National Golf Links, Ferry Point. Pelham and Split Rock are two classic, municipal courses that are a lot of fun to play. The latter is a Wayne Stiles/John Van Kleek classic with an excellent, fun set of greens. Trump Ferry Point is a Jack Nicklaus/John Sanford layout we’ve mentioned before, and recommend as a higher-end option.

Closer to Queens and Citi Field, pickings are a little slimmer, or at least tougher to get to, with one glaring exception: Bethpage State Park.  Home to the famous (or infamous, perhaps) Black Course. But the Black is hardly Bethpage’s only attraction.  In fact, many regulars believe the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Red Course to be the best “everyday” layout on property. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, Montauk Downs State Park out past the Hamptons is a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. original that son Rees has updated in recent years.

Play Golf and Watch Baseball – 27 places to do just that!

Pittsburgh Pirates – PNC Park.

Play Golf and Watch Baseball - 27 places to do just that!

Cranberry Highlands is an open, modern and well-kept Pittsburgh public gem.

Ranked by many outlets as the best Major League ballpark. PNC is not to be missed.  Between its scenic setting where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers converge in the center of the Steel City, and the intimate layout of the crisp, clean stadium, it is a can’t-miss proposition for any baseball fan. Can’t-miss golf experiences in the area include Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, whose Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock Course is scenic, challenging and a lot of fun. It’s about 90 minutes from town, though, so if you want something a little closer in, Cranberry Highlands Golf Course, at less than half the distance from PNC Park on the other side of town, gets our high recommendation. It is a municipal course that can play more like a private club with its high standard of conditioning and engaging layout.

Atlanta Braves – Turner Field/SunTrust Park.

Play Golf and Watch Baseball - 27 places to do just that!

The Oconee save the best for last: a stunning par four along the lake. (Reynolds Lake Okonee.)

2016 is Turner Field’s farewell season.  The team moves into its new digs farther out of town in 2017. And if you’re in town to play golf and see the Braves, Reynolds Lake Oconee is the premier large-resort choice. Though it is a little over an hour away, you will have your pick of five excellent courses, highlighted by the Jack Nicklaus-designed Great Waters and the Rees Jones-designed Oconee layout.

Closer in, private layouts like Peachtree and Atlanta Athletic Club tend to overshadow the public offerings, but if you like the courses of Jack Nicklaus, you can get a taste of his greatest hits at Bear’s Best Atlanta in Suwanee. The move to a new stadium benefits fans of Cobblestone Golf Course in the nearby suburb of Acworth.

Chicago Cubs/Chicago White Sox – Wrigley Field/US Cellular Field.

The Gle3n Club is a Tom Fazio design in a peaceful suburban Chicago setting. (Kemper Sports)

Cubs fans are more hopeful than usual about their team’s World Series prospects.  With half the city willing the 108-year World Series drought will finally be broken.  As for golf on the North Side, you have a couple options. On the high end, The Glen Club, about 45 minutes away from Wrigley, is an excellent Tom Fazio course that is open to guests of the adjacent hotel. Standalone green fees top out at $160, but the club is currently running a weekday offer for two days of unlimited golf with cart and one night in the hotel for $300, through June 16.

If you’re seeking more convenience and a less fussy golf experience, you might enjoy a romp around Robert A. Black Golf Course, a nine-holer that dates back to 1910 and is part of the Chicago Park District’s system of courses. Walking rates top out at $18 for nine holes, and you can cruise around the course on a GolfBoard if you prefer.

The South Side ball club’s positive start to the 2016 season has been overshadowed by the Cubs’ strong start.  Take in a game (or two) at US Cellular and play your golf at Harborside International Golf Center.  Which has two expansive courses where wind, rather than trees, plays a primary factor. You can also take your own version of batting practice at Harborside’s massive, 57-acre practice facility.

To read the rest of this great article on golf courses near major League ballparks, go here!

Source: Golf Vacation Insider

Pictures: Granite Links Golf Club  Courtesy of the Trump Organization   Cranberry Highlands Golf Course   Reynolds Lake Oconee   KemperSports  

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