Baseball and the world of golf are coming together in a big way in beautiful San Diego, California. The hometown Padres and Carlsbad’s TaylorMade Golf have unveiled an 80-foot tall, 950-pound golf club attached to the foul pole in right field at Petco Park. The club is modeled after TaylorMade’s new R11 driver and is part of a partnership agreement that will continue through 2013.
“TaylorMade is a leading national brand — a thought leader based right here in San Diego,” said Padres CEO Jeff Moorad. “The Padres are proud to partner with yet another strong local company, and we are excited to showcase its presence at Petco Park in such an innovative way.”
Construction for the project was completed Wednesday in advance of their upcoming homestand. TaylorMade will also donate $600 for every home run the Padres hit at Petco Park to Solutions for Change, a nonprofit homelessness prevention program.
The Padres’ vice president of creative partnerships, Dan Migala conceived the idea of the golf club after initial brainstorming sessions. While advising the Chicago White Sox a few years ago, Migala came up with the idea to change their gametimes to 7:11 p.m. to appease 7-Eleven, a potential sponsor.
As part of the agreement, TaylorMade will donate $600 for every home run the Padres hit at Petco Park to Solutions for Change, a Vista-based, nonprofit homelessness prevention program. “We hope the site of the world’s largest R11 driver here at Petco Park will be a compelling reminder of TaylorMade innovation,” said Mark King, president and CEO of TaylorMade-adidas Golf.