Imagine hitting golf balls…onto a professional baseball field! The Indianapolis Indians’ baseball season was cancelled this year, so in early August Victory Field was transformed into The Links at Victory Field for the first time. It was such a hit that new dates have been set for October.
The Set Up
There are 9 numbered holes set up on the field. Eight are set up in the outfield and one is set up in the infield. Tee boxes are numbered throughout the concourse. Players hit three balls to each hole, for a total of 27 shots. The scoring system is as follows per shot:
- Make the ball in the hole on the correct green for a 1.
- Land the ball inside the designated ring on the correct green for a 2.
- Land the ball on the correct green (not inside the designated ring) for a 3.
- Land the ball anywhere on the field (except for water and sand hazards) for a 4.
- Land the ball in a water or sand hazard, or fail to land the ball on the field for a 5.
From start to finish, the pace of play is roughly 75-90 minutes. Here is a link to tee locations, hole locations, and more.
Who Can Participate?
There are no age restrictions for The Links at Victory Field. No golf experience is required either, but fun is guaranteed! At the first Links event, children as young as age 5 played. Strollers are allowed but tee boxes 7 and 8 are located in the upper deck and inaccessible for wheel chairs and strollers. The walkable concourse allows for stroller access, and there is elevator access to get to the Impact Suite Level for the ninth tee box located in the Elements Financial Club.
Dates for The Links
Tee times are available from Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17 every ten minutes from 10 am-9 pm.
The event is open to individuals or foursomes. Individuals pay $39 for 9 holes and foursomes pay $140 for 9 holes. There is a maximum of eight people per tee time available. Children ages 2 and under do not need a ticket. Children not golfing also do not need a ticket. Private groups may book a private bay in the Yuengling Landing (minimum 10 people, maximum 15 people) for $100 per person. The private bay includes 105 minutes of play, parking, and all you can drink (beer, water, soda) in the price of the ticket.
Are Food and Drinks Available?
Concession items are available in both The Landing and The Club. You can buy hot dogs, soft pretzels with cheese, chips, popcorn, water, soda and beer. Bloody Mary’s and mimosas will be available in both locations. High Noon is only available in The Landing and cocktails are reserved to The Club.
Our Experience at The Links
My family attended the first Links event. Our group included two toddlers, a preschooler, two elementary age kids, and one teenager. Unless you have a group who can help corral toddlers and preschoolers, it is probably best to leave them at home. The tees are pretty high off the field with large openings where little ones can easily fall. Whether it was our turn to golf, we were watching others golf, we were keeping score, or eating snacks, everyone else in our group was engaged the entire time.
It was fun to see all levels of golf from my husband, a former golf pro, to my mom, who golfs once a decade, have a great time. Just like at a driving range, a favorite for all of us was trying to hit the range picker (cart that picks up the balls). It even had a target on the top that we could aim for!
Victory Field follows all guidelines set by the Marion County Health Department and the City of Indianapolis. If you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days or are experiencing symptoms, you are asked not to attend Victory Field events. Temperature checks and masks are required before visitors are allowed into the ballpark. Golfers are encouraged to social distance and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the stadium. Golf clubs and balls are sanitized after every group.
Check it Out
While making your way to tee 4, stop by the Fitting and Putting Experience in PNC Plaza. Test your short-iron and putter accuracy and sign up to win prizes including free club fitting, rounds of golf and more! Be sure to check out the Elements Financial Club, which just opened this spring, when you go to tee 9. The Club is located behind home plate and includes 4500 square feet with big screen TVs, a bar shaped like home plate, and an amazing view of the Indianapolis skyline.
Know Before You Go
- Arrive early. Organizers ask that you arrive 15-30 minutes before your assigned tee time. Enter through the 3rd Base Gate.
- Temperature checks will take place when you enter the event.
- Don’t forget your mask! Golfers need to wear masks while moving around the ballpark. Masks can be removed while eating, drinking, and golfing.
- Golf clubs, balls, scorecards, and pencils will be provided. Lefties and kids will need to bring their own clubs, though. If you bring your own clubs, the longest distance is 140 yards. Therefore, all low-irons, hybrids, and drivers are prohibited.
- No outside food or beverage will be allowed in.
- It’s rain or shine. Dress appropriately because The Links won’t be cancelled unless there is inclement weather. Check @TheVicIndy on Twitter for updates.
- Bring a credit or debit card. Cash is not accepted at the ballpark and you may want some drinks or snacks.
Want to Reserve a Tee Time? Have More Questions?
Visit the Indianapolis Indians link here. To make a private bay reservation, please contact Chad Bohm at (317) 532-6789.