Meadow Park Golf Course superintendent Chris Goodman, right, watches his shot miss to the amusement of Dennis Roque during a round of Footgolf at Meadow Park Golf Course. (Drew Perine / AP)
Speed Golf 15-inch holes
According to the Associated Press
"We started running focus groups through it, and there were a lot of laughs and giggles -- the kind you don't always get here on a golf course," Goodman said. "Golf is a lifelong learning game. You get your driver working, you start missing putts.
"Footgolf, you're kicking a soccer ball from tee to green, where there's a 21-inch hole you have to get the ball in. We had players from age 6 to 65 out there, and we'll get an 85-year-old out there soon."
According to the Federation for International Footgolf newsletter, Washington will then become the 26th state -- and Meadow Park will be the 76th footgolf course -- in America.
Rules for the game were standardized in 2009 in the Netherlands. The first Footgolf World Cup was played two years ago in Hungary, and there are tournaments now played in Australia, Italy, Ireland and the U.S.
All told, 22 countries are members of the federation.
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