By Doug Halberstadt
While watching the Champions Tour PGA golf event last Sunday afternoon (May 25), I was introduced to a sport I had never heard of before. It’s called “footgolf.” Immediately, my mind conjured up images of guys traversing the course using nothing but their “foot wedge.” That’s not the case.
This new sport combines a traditional golf course and a regulation-size soccer ball. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. The main difference is the size of the cup. In footgolf, the cup is enlarged to 21 inches in diameter.
Players try to kick the ball along the course, attempting to avoid the traps and hazards, and land the ball into the hole in as few as strokes (kicks) as possible. Just like standard golf, the person with the lowest score wins.
The American Footgolf League was founded in the United States in the summer of 2011. The league approves existing nine- or 18-hole courses for the game of footgolf. There are currently more than 120 AFGL accredited courses in 30 states across the country.
Illinois has 14 such courses. There are two courses located near Rockford. The Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva, Ill., has a nine-hole course, and the Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville, Ill., has an 18-hole course open for play.
Wisconsin has five footgolf courses currently open for play. The nearest is in New Glarus, Wis. It’s 18 holes at the Argue-ment Golf Course. It is strongly recommended to call ahead and book a tee time for footgolf at any of the courses.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of traditional soccer, but I have to admit, I’m intrigued by this new combination of soccer and golf. I’d be more than willing to give footgolf a try. I’d also be interested in hearing from anyone in our area who has played footgolf. Let me know where you played, whether you liked it, and if you think it will catch on.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
Posted May 28, 2014