Home Plate Update March 2018 - Page 6

T he City of Arlington and Texas Rangers announced on January 12 a new partnership to create the world’s only Major League Baseball-branded golf course — the Texas Rangers Golf Club — which is scheduled to open this summer. The City and the Rangers announced details about the historic rebranding agreement for the former Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, along with new course features and amenities, during a media event at Globe Life Park in Arlington. This collaborative branding partnership, along with $24 million in course renovations, affords the opportunity for Arlington to offer a destination golf course not only for residents but for visitors to the Rangers ballpark, Texas Live! and other Entertainment District attractions. “As the world’s only MLB-themed golf course, this course is sure to be a ‘bucket list’ item for baseball fans across the globe, especially our Rangers fan right here in Arlington,” Mayor Jeff Williams said. To celebrate Friday’s announcement, City and Texas Rangers officials, including former players and coaches, participated in a Closest to the Pin competition to see who could hit a golf ball 6 from Home Plate closest to a Texas Rangers Golf Club flag planted in Globe Life Park’s Center Field. “The Texas Rangers are proud to continue our great partnership with the City of Arlington on yet another outstanding project,” said Rob Matwick, Texas Rangers Executi ve Vice President for Business Operations. “Ditto Golf Course has a long tradition in North Arlington, and Rangers’ team personnel have been playing at that location for many years. We feel this presents a great cross-promotional opportunity for the club, and we look forward to working with the City to make Texas Rangers Golf Club a first-class destination.” The American Dream City’s newest golf course is located at Brown Boulevard and Collins Street in north Arlington. A new clubhouse, set to open in spring 2019, will feature a full-service restaurant and bar, pro shop, multi-purpose rental and event space, and more. To honor Chester W. Ditto, his family, and their contributions to the City of Arlington, the clubhouse will be named the Chester Ditto Clubhouse. The Texas Rangers are allowing the City to use the team’s branding for the public golf course