THE HUGE SUCCESS OF FOOTGOLF
A cross between golf and football has produced FootGolf, a sport that has already enjoyed huge success across the world in just a few years.
First appearing in the Netherlands and Argentina in 2009, it’s a perfect mix of the popular appeal of football and the elegance of golf. There are Regional, National and Continental Championships, and three World Cup tournaments have already been played: Hungary 2012, Argentina 2016 and Morocco 2018.
It’s a sport of precision with rules derived from the world of golf with a few small variations. Feet take the place of golf clubs, used to kick a football of regulation size and weight into a hole with a diameter of 50 cm. The winner is the person who, having overcome the typical golf course obstacles of hills, sandbanks, trees, ponds and streams, completes the whole course with the least number of kicks. The game is generally played on specifically adapted 9 or 18-hole golf courses.
FootGolf is generally played without the supervision of a referee. All players are thus required to behave in an appropriate and sportsmanlike manner.
Although predominantly an individual game, a team variant also exists. In this case, the best scores of all members of the team are taken into consideration to calculate the final result.
Like golf, FootGolf has its own etiquette and dress code that must be complied with to be allowed onto the course. The shoes worn are those used in five-a-side football with special studs, and the ideal clothing is generally a polo shirt, sweater, Bermuda shorts or skirt, socks and a cap.
A fun game that can be played by all to test their skills of precision, concentration and strategy, all set in the green and evocative landscape of a golf course.