July 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

Mud Hens to turn Fifth Third into miniature golf course Sept. 25-28 for charity

Fifth Third Field in Toledo will be converted into a miniature golf course Sept. 25-28 to raise money for charity. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

Once they stow away the bats, you'll get to bust out the clubs.

After the baseball season ends in Toledo, the home of the Tigers’ Triple A minor-league affiliate, the grounds crew at Fifth Third Field will be turning the playing surface from a ball diamond into — get this — an 18-hole miniature golf course.

The course will be open for four days, Sept. 25-28, and open to the public for $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

“I always thought it would be interesting to see a natural grass putt-putt course,” Jake Tyler, the park’s sports-turf manager, said in a statement. “The timing is perfect.”

While there will be no hills or slops for players to contend with, the course is set to have its fair share of dog legs and, of course, sand traps. The fairway on two holes, No. 14 and 15, will intersect, to mess with the players. And No. 17 likely will be the signature hole, finishing on top of the pitcher’s mound.

Tyler’s grounds crew will need two weeks to cut out the course, which will be open only briefly before Fifth Third Field gets turned into an outdoor hockey rink for Walleye Winterfest.

Each golfer will receive a souvenir Links at Fifth Third Field golf ball.

You can start booking tee times Aug. 4 by calling the Mud Hens at (419) 725-4367.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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