There's been a lot of talk lately about "the future of golf" and what we can do as an industry to keep people playing the game, and also how we can introduce golf (and a love of golf) to new demographics. In addition to the 15-inch hole and entertainment facilities like Topgolf, our pick for golf's next game-changer is the incredibly fun, addictive new soccer-golf hybrid known as FootGolf.
What is FootGolf?
FootGolf combines the skills of soccer with the rules (and course) of golf. Players kick a standard #5 soccer ball from tee to green, and attempt to hole the ball in a 21-inch cup in the least amount of kicks. FootGolf is played on or adjacent to a golf course, and the layout of the course—including bunkers, hazards, and out-of-bounds—remains the same. The teeing areas and greens are separate from the golf course, and the hole is large enough to accommodate the size of a soccer ball.
FootGolf was introduced to North America is 2011 by the American FootGolf League (AFGL), who has since accredited over 180 courses in 37 states across the U.S. The game itself is easy to learn, fun to play, and great for groups. Unlike golf, 9 holes of FootGolf can be played in under 90 minutes, and kicking a soccer ball is generally easier for people than hitting a golf ball. All ages and skill levels can play the game together, making FootGolf a great family activity. Plus, FootGolf in Los Angeles and FootGolf in Orange County are both currently more affordable than a movie ticket or a trip to the zoo.
A FootGolf course in Orange County, Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center, currently offers 9 holes of FootGolf for $10. A FootGolf course in Valencia, Vista Valencia Golf Course, also offers 9 holes of FootGolf for $10. Several courses featured on GOLFZING offer FootGolf courses, and others are planned to launch in the near future. For a full list of FootGolf courses in California, and to book tee times online at the course, visit gofootgolf.com. GoFootGolf.com also offers helpful blog posts about the game, tips for players, and viewable scorecards for the courses. Plus, you can check out the gallery and watch videos of other FootGolf players. Stay connected with all the latest by following @gofootgolf on Twitter, or "gofootgolf" on Facebook.
We hope to see you out on a FootGolf course soon! Come kick it with us!