Figuring out FootGolf

By |  February 28, 2014

We were recently pointed in the direction of FootGolf and after a lot of Google searches, found out that we hadn’t been punked. FootGolf, a mix of soccer and golf, is a real sport being played on golf courses around the world. There is even an official website for American participants ( that you can check out to find courses all over the country.

After looking at the map of courses around the U.S., I saw one not far from our Cleveland office. The blurb that popped up said it was “under development.” This led to a hoard of questions in my mind. What would change on a golf course to make it compatible for FootGolf? Could this give courses an additional source of funding? Would traditional golfers be upset by soccer balls leaving the tee too? Could this end up being an accidental contact sport?

I’m sure a lot of these questions will remain unanswered until FootGolf becomes more common, but the idea has definitely piqued my interest. Like many Midwestern children, I played a lot of soccer on those flat corn fields. The idea of taking something I am very familiar with, soccer, and combining it with a game I am just learning, would be a good thing in my book. Granted, I have no idea how all of the practical aspects that I questioned above, particularly for superintendents, would play out. But, this could be a great way to include a different audience into the game of golf. Women, children, men…anyone who likes the idea of playing soccer, but doesn’t have the lung capacity to run anymore, could enjoy this.

Instead of me trying to explain how the game is played, here is a video for you to check out. Let us know what you think of this game and if you think this could work out on your course.


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About the Author: Molly Gase

Molly Gase was an Associate Editor for Golfdom and Athletic Turf. Gase is a recent graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism.

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