Some of you may have seen FootGolf courses popping up in your area or on your local course. These courses are hard to miss with much of the same elements as a golf course with the exception of 21 inch diameter holes and, in many cases, different colored tee boxes and flags. If you haven’t encountered one yet, you are sure too soon, as golf courses seem to be jumping on this new trend at a rapid rate. Forty-three (43) are currently open in the United States as of this writing.
Often compared to the sport of snowboarding due to its introduction in to a traditional skiing community, FootGolf is, at first, a weird, interesting concept that is difficult to explain and harder still to conceptualize. Although some aspects of the FootGolfer’s game are different than golfer’s, here are some ways we are all alike.
- Camaraderie – FootGolf builds and strengthens friendships just as golfing does. We celebrate the good shots and languish over the bad, always having a story for our after-round festivities.
- Scoring – FootGolf is scored just the same as golf. Count your strokes; lowest score wins.
- Business – FootGolf, like golf, is a slower paced game than can be used to foster or strenthen business relationships.
- Competition – FootGolf provides a format for fierce competition at the individual and team levels. In 2012, Hungary hosted the first FootGolf World Cup.
- Exercise – Most FootGolfers enjoy walking the course for their weekly exercise dose. It’s estimated that a FootGolfer takes 5,000 steps while playing 18 FootGolf holes.
- Play – For FootGolfers, reading the greens and breaks is necessary for a superior game.
- Dress Code – FootGolfers adhere to a strict dress code including shorts (no sports or cargo), collared shirts, argyle socks, and golf caps. Some FootGolfers amp up their game and sport traditional golf knickers.
- Improved Game – Everyone wants to improve their game. FootGolfers, just like golfers, know that “practice makes perfect” and work to improve on previous day’s score.
- Rules & Etiquette – FootGolfers abide by strict rules set forth by the governing body, American FootGolf League, and mirror the rules of golf.
At first glance, FootGolf seems very different than golf: we play a little faster, look a little different, and our balls float. But, at the root of it, we share with golfers the love for the game, and we all celebrate when we get a Hole in One.
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Lilli Bewley is CEO & Co-Founder of California FootGolf Club, California’s Premier FootGolf Club, focused on competition, friendship, and player development. If you’d like more info on CA FootGolf, connect with Lilli on LinkedIn.