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What do you get if you cross football and golf?

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No, this isn’t a bad pun with a terrible punchline!  Footgolf is the latest sport for all the family to enjoy. If you can kick a ball, you can have a go at footgolf.

Where and when footgolf originated is somewhat uncertain, but it seems to have emerged in several countries around 10 years ago and as the name suggests combines football and golf.  Like golf, the idea is to get your ball (a size 5 football) into the hole in as few shots as possible and each shot is taken by kicking the ball.  There are of course rules to the game, and even a dress code. The popularity of the sport has grown here in the past couple of years and many golf courses now offer it alongside traditional golf.

We went along to try it out at a public course local to us where no membership is required and neither is the footgolf dress code, just a pair of trainers.  At this particular course footgolf is played on a 9-hole course alongside traditional golf. Each hole has two sets of flags – one marking the traditional golf hole and one for footgolf – and a seperate par-rating for golf and footgolf (i.e. how many shots it should take to complete the hole).

With four of us taking part (1 adult and 3 children aged 8, 11 and 13) it took us about an hour and a quarter to complete 9 holes and it was a lot of fun.  Having some skills with a football does give an initial advantage if you can kick-off (the footgolf equivalent of tee-off) the ball a decent distance with some level of accuracy, but once the slopes, bumps, hills and rough come into play it can be anyone’s game. With the over-sized ball and no club to worry about it felt more accessible to all ages and abilities than a round of golf or ‘pitch & put’, with no previous experience or tuition necessary, and definitely an activity to consider to entertain older children/teens.  For us was something a bit different to fill a summer afternoon and we’ll definitely be back in the future.

Have a look at the UK Footgolf website for more information about the game and to find locations near you where you can play.

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