Look out, golfers; a new sport is taking over your neighborhood playing grounds in a refreshingly rowdy fashion. It goes by the name of FootGolf, and it claims to be the “best game ever invented.”
A mixture of soccer and golf, FootGolf is quickly growing in popularity. There are now 300 golf courses across the U.S. that offer FootGolf — an amazing number compared to just 30 in 2013. In fact, it’s an official U.S. sport, with the American FootGolf League (AFGL) serving as a proud member of the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). Yes, this is the real deal, people.
I’m dying to try my foot at this new phenomenon.
Here are the 10 basic rules of FootGolf, courtesy of PGA.com:
- Wear golf apparel all the time.
- Your ball must be easy to identify.
- Review the scorecard and wait for your turn. Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players.
- The ball must be played in a single movement. Your foot should be set separate from the ball, clearly behind, before the kick.
- Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. (It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling with the wind).
- Kick off your ball from a position up to two meters behind the round markers (tee markers).
- Play the ball from where it lies: It’s not allowed to move the ball or remove jammed objects.
- The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.
- If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within two steps from the closest land point from where the ball entered the water, receiving one penalty point, or you can place the ball at the position of the previous kick and receive one penalty point.
- Only on the greens may the balls be picked up to be cleaned or replaced.
Wanna play? Head here to find a course near you: http://www.afgl.us/courses.html