FootGolf, which is fast becoming an international sporting craze, combines aspects of two popular sports: soccer and golf. The game is played with a regulation no. 5 soccer ball at a golf facility, on a shortened course with holes cut to 21-inch diameters. The rules generally correspond to the rules of golf—the main objective is to get the ball, with the lowest amount of kicks, from the flat area marked as the teeing ground into a hole no less than 50 meters away. FootGolf holes are designed adjacent to (and sometimes crossing) golf course holes, and may include similar hazards such as lakes, bunkers, out-of-bounds, and trees.
The sport is regulated by the newly established American FootGolf League (AFGL), which introduced the sport to North America in 2011 and has since developed a complete FootGolf Rulebook, established a U.S. Pro-Am Tour, and is organizing the first official U.S. FootGolf National Championship, to take place in 2015. The game is popular among people aged 30 years and younger, and with families—both of which demographics the golf industry is looking to attract.
"We see FootGolf as a gateway to a new type of golfer," said Chris May, the Southern California revenue manager for American Golf. "Bringing kids and families out to the golf course who love soccer but have never considered golf before could be a possible stepping stone to engage and increase interest in both sports."
Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center's 9-hole FootGolf course joins a list of 160 accredited FootGolf Courses in 32 states across the United States. The Lake Forest FootGolf Course will have dedicated FootGolf tee boxes, greens, bunkers, and 21-inch cups. The Grand Opening will be held throughout the day on Saturday, June 28, 2014 with tee times from 11:00 a.m. until close, a BBQ for guests, drink specials, and prizes.
“We’re looking forward to launching our FootGolf course and think that we’ve designed a challenging yet fun layout that will appeal to both soccer players and golfers," said Natalie Bernal, General Manager of Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center. "We love the idea of bringing together these two great sports, and are excited to be on the forefront of this new venture.”
The cost will be $10 for 9 holes, or $15 for 18. Ball rental is $5, but you can also bring your own. Soccer cleats are not allowed, and the course will be available to groups of all sizes, including parties and tournaments (with prior approval).
For tee times, contact the Pro Shop at (949) 859-1455 or book online at http://www.gofootgolf.com
Lake Forest Golf & Practice Center is a 9-hole executive par 29 course located just west of the Saddle Back Mountains in Lake Forest, California that offers players an enjoyable, walkable layout and one of the best driving range and practice facilities in the area, night-lit and open late for convenient after-work and evening play.
Since 1969, American Golf has owned and operated hundreds of premier private, resort, and daily fee golf courses throughout the United States and abroad in varying demographics and geographical regions. Over the past 40 years, we have cultivated our experiences and refined our expertise in golf course management and operation, and today American Golf stands as an undisputed leader in the golf industry and the most tried and true golf management company in the business.