Footgolf Has Arrived in The Northland!
Hybrid Sport of Soccer & Golf Has Athletes Excited
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It’s not quite soccer and it’s not quite golf.
“Most combined sports are really fun,” said 12-year-old Daniel Luhm.
It’s called Footgolf, and it’s the best of both worlds.
“It’s a lot more fast–paced, you get to run around a lot,” Luhm explained.
The new sport is sweeping the nation.
“Their dad asked them, ‘Golf first or play foot golf?’ And they said, ‘Play foot golf,’” laughed James Barry, Owner of Pine Hill Golf Club in Carlton.
Northland youngsters are fired up.
“I had no clue what it was, but I tried it and I loved it,” Luhm admitted.
The game follows the same rules as golf.
Just like in regular golf, foot golf starts on a tee, and just like in regular golf, the goal is to get the ball in a hole, but this hole is a little bit different than the average golf hole, at 21.5 inches in diameter.
And, just like in regular golf, the lower the score, the better.
“The number of kicks it takes you to get in the hole,” Barry explained.
As Luhm has quickly learned, it’s also a game of skill.
“You want to kind of kick it towards the center of the ball so it has front spin but it does get in the air so it rolls a lot further,” he explained.
But unlike regular golf, footgolf is a quick game.
“You don’t have to take your time with it, you can just kick it around and have fun,” Luhm said.
It requires little equipment.
“All you need is a soccer ball and a hole and golf course to play on,” said Dylan Klatte.
And it’s a game with no limits.
“You can have as many friends as you want and you can all play together,” Klatte added.
Barry hopes Footgolf serves as a pick–me–up for what he calls a struggling golf industry.
“A lot of people don’t have the money, they don’t have the time,” Barry said.
And so far, so good.
“I love playing golf, it’s my favorite sport, and soccer’s my 2nd favorite sport, so them combined makes it my first favorite sport,” laughed Klatte.
To play 9 holes of foot golf at the Pine Hill Golf Club in Carlton is only $7 for adults, $5 for kids.
You can bring your own soccer ball or rent one there for just $2.