As the name suggests, Footgolf is a unique combination of soccer and golf. Footgolf simply involves the kicking of a soccer ball into a hole in as few kicks as possible. Footgolf uses the same concepts as golf including a fairway, tee boxes, hazards, bunkers and 9 or 18 holes of play. Rather than using a club, you simply use your feet. You can enjoy this game in a pair, as a threesome, or as a group of four. Unlike golf, the fairways are shorter in distance, the size of the holes are to fit a soccer ball, and the only equipment needed is a single soccer ball per person. You are provided a size 5 soccer ball or have the option to bring your own! Footgolf is great for any age and ability, gaining popularity for its amusement, ingenuity, and pleasure.
What is footgolf?
It’s a unique blend of soccer and golf – kicking off at Riverside. It’s played with a soccer ball on a golf course, but with separate greens. The goal? Get the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes (kicks) possible. Get more details below then get your foot in the game!
FootGolf is played using the basic model of golf, with a tee box, a green, bunkers, hazards, a similar scorecard and 9 or 18 holes to play. The main differences are the cups, which are 21 inches in diameter, the ball (a #5 soccer ball), the shorter holes, and the fact that the players kick the ball instead of using clubs.
The main goal is simple: kick the ball into the hole with the fewest amount of kicks possible. FootGolf courses consists of 9 and 18 hole rounds. Each hole is paired with a number indicating the possible number of kicks a player would need to get the ball into the hole.
General rules of footgolf
1. NO Cleated Shoes Allowed. Indoor soccer shoes, Turf Soccer shoes or sneakers.
2. Keep it classy. Wear golf apparel at all times, including a shirt with a collar, a flat cap or a driver hat, knee-high socks, golf pants or shorts (women can wear skirts or shorts), and indoor or turf soccer shoes. (Apparel is recommend by the AFGL, not Riverside. You may wear casual clothing to play FootGolf at Riverside)
3. ID your ball. Make sure your ball is marked and easy to recognize.
4. Be courteous. Review your scorecard, wait for your turn, and make sure your kick doesn’t interfere with other players.
5. Kick it real. Your ball must be played in a single movement and your foot must be set separate from the ball, clearly behind it, before each kick. Do not reposition or move ball with your foot before the kick.
6. Be patient. Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. It is illegal to stop the ball from rolling with the wind.
7. Respect the ball. Play the ball from where it lies. Do not move the ball or remove jammed objects. Exception: you may mark the spot and lift the ball when it obstructs another player’s kick.
8. Respect the tee markers. Kick off your ball from a position of up to 6 feet behind the tee markers. The order of play is established on the score of the previous hole. The player with the best score kicks off first.
9. Wait for your kick. The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.
10. Deal with hazards. If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within 2 steps from the closest land point from where the ball entered the hazard or place the ball at the position of the previous kick – receive a one stroke penalty.
11. Respect boundaries. If the ball lands out of bounds, place the ball within 2 steps from where the ball crossed – receive a one stroke penalty.
FootGolf is the most exciting player development program with many golf courses hosting FootGolf tournaments and open play across the United States. Many countries are also signing on to play the world’s most popular sport soccer on a golf course. In many cases you will see playing golf and FootGolf simultaneously. FootGolf is played like golf each player starts from a tee area on each hole and kicks the soccer ball toward a target. The holes are 45 yards to 190 yards in length and like golf there are par 3’s, 4’s and a par 5. The holes are somewhat similar to a golf hole in that each one has a cup the FootGolf cup is much larger at 21 inches wide and 17 inches deep. The game is played the same as golf each player kicks their own soccer ball and the furthest player from the hole plays first until the ball is holed out, sorry no gimmies.
FootGolf outing tee times for large groups are available any day of the week. Please contact the manager on duty for possible dates and times.
Call (630) 773-0184 for more information
Footgolf Score Card