WRIGLEYVILLE — Golfers can channel PGA legend Sam Snead by golfing inside Wrigley Field during a new pop-up experience coming to the Friendly Confines next month.
Upper Deck Golf, a traveling experience that allows people to play a round inside sports stadiums, is stopping in Wrigley Field July 6-9.
Tickets allow people to play a nine-hole course around the stadium, according to Upper Deck Golf. Players will tee off from the stadium’s upper deck, winding down around the stadium and onto custom greens in the field.
Fans can join a waitlist for tickets to the Wrigley Field experience on Upper Deck Golf’s website. Standard tickets start at $79.99 a person, but could vary from stadium to stadium, according to Upper Deck Golf’s FAQ.
Players will play in groups of four and can bring their own clubs or use ones provided by Upper Deck. Participants will receive 18 golf balls, two per hole, to be played along the course, but a VIP package is available for people who want an extra four balls for do-overs.
Shots landing on the designated green will be scored as a par, off the green is a bogey, inside the inner circle around the pin is a birdie.
Whether you can hit or clear the scoreboard from the upper deck is another matter entirely, especially since drivers and fairway metal clubs aren’t allowed.
Snead, in town for a doctor’s appointment, famously went to Wrigley Field in March 1951 to settle a bet about whether someone could hit a ball over the scoreboard, according to Honest Golfers.
Teeing off from home plate, Snead’s first try with the 4-iron hit the scoreboard. Then he switched to a 2-iron to easily clear the historic scoreboard, according to Honest Golfers.
He went down in lore as the only person to ever hit the scoreboard, albeit with a golf ball.
World Series champ Kris Bryant, who banged multiple homers off the left field video board, has said there’s “no chance” someone could homer off the centerfield scoreboard.
“How far would that be?” he asked the Tribune’s Paul Sullivan in 2018. “Like 650 feet? At least.”
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