Golf with Baseball’s Legends Father’s Day Weekend in Cooperstown

Cooperstown Golf Classic Returns to Historic Leatherstocking Golf Course June 18 as Part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend

April 06, 2011
Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith admires his shot during the 2010 Cooperstown Golf Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – It's a dream-come-true for most fans: Standing on the grass, in Cooperstown, with your Hall of Fame teammate by your side.

But for some lucky fans, it's more than a dream: It's the ultimate round of golf. On Father's Day Weekend, it will be the thrill of a lifetime at the Cooperstown Golf Classic.

The second annual Cooperstown Golf Classic will be held June 18 and feature Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice and Ozzie Smith on the beautiful Leatherstocking Golf Course layout at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. The field for the Cooperstown Golf Classic is limited to just 24 golfers and will feature a scramble format for golfers of all skill levels as part of a festive Father's Day Weekend.

The Cooperstown Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and its programs.

"The Cooperstown Golf Classic provides special access to the game's greats and a lifetime of indelible memories and friendships," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "From a round of golf on one of America's most pristine courses alongside Hall of Fame heroes, to a private reception in the Hall of Fame gallery of plaques with the men and women who are represented there, this is the ultimate fan experience. The Golf Classic combines the elegance of Cooperstown with the timeless reverence of baseball history, for golfers of every level to enjoy Father's Day Weekend with a celebration of baseball. This is a rare opportunity to join the game's best, while honoring dad, participating as a group or enjoying by yourself, as an experience of a lifetime that also supports the programs of the Hall of Fame."

The event begins Friday night, June 17, with an exclusive cocktail reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery with the Hall of Fame team captains. On Saturday morning, a private breakfast precedes the tournament, and all golfers will get the chance to golf with a Hall of Fame member. Each golfer also receives a Hall of Fame Classic gift bag, a golf shirt and a foursome photo. An awards luncheon concludes the event.

Saturday afternoon, participants will experience a behind-the-scenes archival tour, taking you into the heart of the Museum's collections.

Every golfer will also receive two Grandstand seats for the Sunday, June 19, Hall of Fame Classic, two tickets to the Saturday evening Voices of the Game event and a Hall of Fame President's Circle Membership.

For pricing information and to reserve your spot, call 607-547-0310.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is an independent not-for-profit educational institution, dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.

The Museum's collections contain more than 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to present. Three-dimensional artifacts include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the Institution's archives contain in excess of 135,000 Baseball cards and three million Library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audio tapes.

Located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, New York, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the country's major tourist destinations and is surely the best-known sports shrine in the world. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan's "Field of Dreams," with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.