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http://www.golf.com/tour-and-news/footgolf-part-soccer-part-golf?sct=hp6

 

I have not seen anything in my area.  Would you play?

 

Footgolf. No one seems to know exactly where it started, but now that it’s here, it’s starting to pop up everywhere on golf courses across the United States. And we mean everywhere.

“It took us six months to organize the first tournament in the U.S. back in 2011,” said Roberto Balestrini, co-founder of the American Footgolf League (AFGL), the national governing body of the sport in the United States. “Since then, we’ve opened 200 footgolf courses across the country. By the end of the year, our goal is to have 500.”

It’s still golf, played on a real golf course, with all of the same rules. But instead of swinging a club at an often frustratingly finicky golf ball, players kick a soccer ball from the tee box to the pin, which features a 21-inch diameter cup. Each kick is a stroke, and, yes, you better avoid the beach and the water.



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post #2 of 10

They have one set up at one course I play on the inside or "executive" 9 course. It looks strange and it's not something I'd be interested in playing, but that course doesn't get much play typically so I guess they wanted to try to get more use out of it.

post #3 of 10

I saw it for the first time on HBO's Real Sports last night.  I have zero interest in trying it, but I can see where soccer is more popular that it could catch on.   On Real Sports it was mentioned in the same vein as Hack Golf, as a gateway sport into real golf but I'm not sure I see the path or commonalities.  Only similarities I see between golf and Footgolf are both are played on something resembling a golf course and involve rolling a ball into a hole to score.

 

I'm sure Taylor Made will come out with different shoes or shoe tips that are specialized for different shots and let's not forget in footgolf  a "foot wedge" is legal.

post #4 of 10

I have played and really enjoy it, but I have been playing soccer since I could kick a ball.

post #5 of 10

I played on a course that also allowed kick golf at the same time as regular golf.  My first question to the starter was how do we not hit these people with our golf shots and he assured me that they move along quickly, basically playing 18 holes in 2 hours.  They kick from much closer tees and have a couple of holes the size of small garbage can openings with an entirely different set of flags.  As it turned out, once we got used to the extra flags on the course, it was not a problem at all.   The biggest surprise is that the foot golfers used carts which was a good thing since they moved along very quickly.  The course is in NW Jersey (Cascades) and is a 9 hole 3600 yard (from the tips) layout whichi s part of the Crystal Springs resort much has multiple courses.  The Cascades course also has "green" , or novice tees which were great from my 9 year old grandson.

post #6 of 10

I'd play.

 

I enjoy disc golf too. Different ideas, same basic goal.

post #7 of 10
I wouldnt play by myself at all since the little time away from the wife and kids is strictly for REAL GOLF. But I'd definitely take my sons out for some Foot Golf in a heartbeat.
post #8 of 10
Would I ever play, sure... It might be fun.

Would I ever PAY to play?... Not a chance
post #9 of 10

I would play. I'll play almost any kind of sport or game.

 

Would probably be better at that than regular golf anyway. ;-)

post #10 of 10

We will be playing with the grand kids this week.  The foot golf course is shared with a par 3 course so there will be a mixture of real golfers and footers.  Should be interesting.  If I were on my own and golf was not available, I would disc golf.  We have a number of disc golf courses and I play a fair amount in the winter (put away the white discs, however!).

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