Footgolf (or footballgolf) is a sport that combines the ideas of golf with the kicks used in football (or soccer). Like golf, it’s played on grass fields with the purpose of getting a regular football (soccer ball) into a hole with the fewest number of kicks possible. Like golf but with your foot. And a somewhat larger ball.
Who can play footgolf?
Young or old, unfit or athlete – it doesn’t really matter. Everyone can play footgolf! Footgolf is a sport for the masses welcoming everyone who wants to enjoy a strategic game while experiencing nature’s surroundings.
The game starts by having the players, one by one, placing their balls on the first tee – the starting point for the kick-out. From that moment on everyone kicks their ball towards the hole and registers the number of kicks. Then you do the same thing on the next holes to come. The winner is the one with fewest number of kicks.
The development of footgolf
Sweden has appr. 30-40 facilities and some were built during the 80s. However, to a great extent the courses vary in character. Some courses are short, some are long. Some use artificial obstacles, some don’t. T2Flag advocates the latter which, with nature at its core, provides a more golf-like experience.
Outside Sweden the development of the sport progresses a lot faster. For instance, in countries like USA, UK, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Germany, they have established several new courses over a short period of time and also managed to form national associations.
Today the sport is split in two different organizational structures: footgolf and footballgolf. Although it’s the same game, footgolf has really strong golf ties (currently mainly being played on existing golf venues) whereas footballgolf has no connections to the golf community at all (for good and bad).
Footgolf is currently the rising star growing very rapidly gaining interest from all over the world. Just google/youtube it!