FootGolf Takes Hold at Tacoma Course

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FootGolf 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)


From Speed Golf to 15-inch holes, there have been a lot of creative attempts of late to make golf faster and easier to attract more people to the game. But what about trading in the golf ball for a soccer ball and getting rid of those frustrating clubs entirely?
Welcome to the world of FootGolf, a sport that combines soccer with golf. According to the Associated Press, Meadow Park Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash. is set to open the state's first FootGolf course, with course director Chris Goodman leading the charge.
"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."

Believe it or not, footgolf isn't exactly new, and it's rapidly spreading around the country and the world.
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.

Whether FootGolf is the future of golf remains to be seen, but if you're sick of breaking irons over your knee and throwing putters into ponds, maybe it's the perfect game for you.
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