Golf

Footgolf bridges gap between Open and World Cup

Posted June 25, 2014

The Triangle is still feeling the aftershocks of the U.S. Open craze and World Cup fever is starting to pick up steam.

A combination of the sports has been created to appease the fans of both sports.

The game is called footgolf.

Campbell University’s Keith Hills Country Club is home to the closest footgolf course to the Triangle

Raleigh’s Steven Saad is somewhat of an expert on the newly created game.

“You have the elegance and the impatience and frustrations of golf, married with the popularity and passions of soccer,” Saad said.

The game tends to lend itself more towards the golf part of the combination.

“Just like in golf, think about it, when you rush a shot, you’ve made a mistake,” he said. “Where you think you need to make up a stroke, so you go big off the tee and make a mistake.”

The holes are 21 inches wide and 14 inches deep. They were installed at Keith Hills on the edges of fairways and roughs so it does not interfere with the golf course.

“Taking the skills of soccer players, and letting them enjoy those skills on the pristine grounds that we have on the golf courses here in North Carolina. That’s my favorite part, said Saad.

Even though few people have heard of the game yet, the game could see a rise in popularity soon.

“I’d love to see it explode, and I think it’s ripe to explode,” said Saad.

Keith Hills has done their part to see the popularity of the game grow.

“We had a big event that opened it up in February, and we had over sixty players come out and play,” said Keith Hills director of golf, Martha Sutton. “There’s probably one or two groups that come out every weekend, and they absolutely love it.”

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  • tylerbuckingham50 Jun 26, 2014

    This is actually an awesome course. You actually get to play sort of across the course so you're not necessarily in the line of play of the golfers. Plus, there's a local group that's hosting the "World Cup" of FootGolf http://trisports.leagueapps.com/events/35178-world-cup-of-footgolf-tournament next month! A couple of friends and I already signed up!

  • imjustkit Jun 26, 2014

    It seems like a good idea and would be fun but the rules this club has are absurd. Not only do you have to wear golf attire (polo shirt and cargo shorts at a minimum) which does not allow full range of motion on kicks, you have to wear tennis shoes, no cleats. Which means you can't really put full power behind your kicks without the risk of slipping due to the lack of grip.

  • Chip Dipson Jun 26, 2014

    Would you call it a birdie, or bootie?!?!?!

  • jmcdow2792 Jun 26, 2014

    I saw the installation at Kieth Hills but did not see anyone playing. I wonder how it will impact golf play. With the locations I saw, a foot golf group on the hole would make it unplayable for a golf group. There would be a lot of walking for the foot golf and I question if it would hold up golf play causing a backup on the course. Maybe all this has been worked out, but I have questions. Wonder if the greens fee is same? What about the dress code? Most courses require shirts with collars, not the tee shirts of soccar. Lots of questions.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jun 25, 2014

    Looks like it could be a fun game, and Mandy sure had some moves!

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