The Spanish moss-draped trees lined the soccer golf course as me and my boys tried out this new-to-us sport. Georgia has several courses, and we had a blast when we played. One boy heading his soccer ball, one kicking it along, the other carrying it, running to catch up to play the next hole.
The boys were all about the competition in this soccer golf game, while I enjoyed taking in the beauty of a manicured golf course. Foot Golf, soccer golf, whatever you call it, was so much fun.
You may be wondering, “Where can I play soccer golf near me?” We’ve got the answer! Plus, we’ll tell you how to play.
SOCCER GOLF IN GEORGIA
The first soccer golf tournament was played in the Netherlands in 2008. Georgia has a few courses, but the sport is still relatively new. So what is soccer golf? It’s a combination of soccer and golf, played on a FootGolf course. It’s more closely aligned with golf, though.
Instead of hitting a ball with a club, you hit the soccer ball with your feet to see who can reach the hole in the least amount of kicks.
Foot Golf courses can be shorter holes on a regular golf course, or a special section of the course.
We played at Sea Palms in St. Simons years ago, which no longer has a Foot Golf course, but we’re so glad we were able to learn the game there. We kicked from special tee boxes separate from the regular golf tees, and had a separate green with a large hole for the soccer ball.
When we were first learning what soccer golf was all about, we watched a video about the rules. Apparently, we violated the first rule of FootGolf, which is to wear the appropriate attire.
We played in shorts and T-shirts (and I think it’s totally okay to wear what you want), but the “official” attire is a golf cap, collared shirt, and argyle socks. According to the PGA, the right attire for soccer golf is just golf attire.
The best shoes to wear are soccer shoes — like soccer styled indoor Astro boots or smart sneakers.
As for the other nine rules, if you know the rules of golf, you pretty much know how to play foot golf. In addition to these rules, also adhere to the conduct code of golf. Let other golfers play through. Replace divots. Rake the sand trap when you leave.
In addition to attire, this is the list of foot golf rules from the Professional Golfer’s Association.
- Your ball must be easy to identify.
- Review the score card and wait for your turn. Make sure you kick won’t interfere with other players.
- The ball must be played in a single movement.
- Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. (You can’t stop it from rolling with the wind – unless of course it’s going into the water. We weren’t sure if soccer balls floated, but were pretty sure Sea Palms would want their ball back.)
- 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 removed 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 cleared.
FOOT GOLF (OR SOCCER GOLF) COURSES IN GEORGIA
Foot Golf is catching on in Georgia, but there are still only a few courses. If you are wondering, “Where is soccer golf near me?”, here is a link to find American Foot Golf League courses around the country.
Other courses in Georgia include Lake Jonesco Golf Course in Gray, GA (near Macon) and Brickyard Plantation Golf Club in Americus.
FOOT GOLF EQUIPMENT
The best part of Foot Golf is you don’t need a lot of equipment. A #5 soccer ball is basically all that is needed.
The best part about Foot Golf is it allows even non-golfers and young kids the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful golf course using soccer balls instead of clubs. My teens really enjoyed it too.
I can see how a game like soccer golf would help get folks out to the golf course and comfortable out on the greens, eventually trying traditional golf.
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO GEORGIA
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