Footgolf is a precision sport where players kick a football into a cup in as few shots as possible. Its name is a portmanteau of “football” and “golf”and the game combines the two sports, being more closely related to golf.
The game is played the same way as golf, except players use a football instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club, working towards a 21-inch “cup” in place of the usual golf hole. The player who plays the 9 or 18 holes with the fewest shots wins. Footgolf as sport is played on golf courses. It also could be played on other special footgolf built grass courses. The first shot has to be played from the tee box, and to reach the hole, bunkers, trees, water and hills have to be crossed or avoided. This means a powerful shot is useful, but not decisive. Reading the course, a smart approach and accurate putting are even more important.
The game is played a regulation No. 5 football. Because footballs travel less distance than golf balls, footgolf is played on holes shorter than those used for golf, with one course in California averaging 157 yards.Pars are typically 5 or below.Paul Collinson of the UK Footgolf Association has observed that compared to golf, footgolf is quicker to play, more accessible to players, and does not require expensive equipment.