Sunday, July 12, 2015


I heard about this sport on the news one morning. Footgolf? What in the world is footgolf? I felt compelled to check it out.

As the name implies…it's golf played with the feet, a combination of golf and soccer. The definition I found said, "Footgolf is a precision sport where players kick a football [for those of us in the U.S., football refers to soccer] into a cup in as few shots as possible. Its name is a combination of 'football [soccer]' and 'golf.' It is closely related to golf."

The object of the game is to play either a 9 hole course or an 18 hole course, kicking the ball into each hole in as few shots as possible and the person having the lowest score wins the game.

The origins of footgolf are unclear and have been attributed to several countries. The first 9 hole footgolf tournament played on a golf course as the sport is known today was organized in the Netherlands in 2009. The first Footgolf World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary, in June 2012 with 8 countries participating—Argentina, Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, and the United States. About 80 players played 18 holes on the first day and another 18 holes on the second day.

Footgolf is a growing sport, due in part to the 2008-2012 world-wide recession which produced declining revenue for golf courses. With the advent of footgolf some existing traditional golf courses have been converted to footgolf in addition to new footgolf courses being built. Without the need for all those expensive golf clubs, golf bags, and other associated paraphernalia, it's a more financially feasible sport.


Ashantay said...

Somehow, I don't see an alpha hero portrayed as playing footgolf, but then, a golfing alpha wouldn't appeal to me to begin with. Though they do have all that hip swiveling action going on when they drive the ball off the tee. Golfers, that is.Hmm. I may have to rethink my biases.

Luanna Stewart said...

Now this is a type of golf I could enjoy! Even though I'm a pianist, my hand-eye coordination with a golf club and teeny ball is nonexistent. So any attempt at playing golf is an exercise in frustration (and "a good walk spoiled"). But I"m pretty darn good at kicking a ball. Thanks for telling us about this!

Samantha Gentry said...

Ashantay: Isn't golf referred to as the gentlemen's game? No physical contact, no running -- none of that physical/alpha stuff? :)

Thanks for your comment.

Samantha Gentry said...

Luanna: And when kicking the ball in footgolf you don't have anyone actively trying to deflect it/take it away from you or preventing it from going into the hole/scoring like you do in soccer.

And a soccer ball is much easier to carry around that a heavy golf bag. :)

Thanks for your comment.

Sandra Dailey said...

Besides the lack of expensive equipment, I can see another advantage. What if you like playing soccer, but can't get enough people for two teams? It would be a fun alternative and great kicking practice.
My guys like to play Disc golf, which is the same principle but uses a Frisbee and an elevated kind of basket.

Samantha Gentry said...

Sandra: Good point about the soccer element. You can even play footgolf by yourself. The disc golf sounds like fun, too.

Thanks for your comment.