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.”