FootGolf, which combines the popular sports of soccer and golf has debuted at the Heart of America Golf Academy’s “The Rock” golf course. Heart of America Golf Academy, a City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks & Recreation Department facility, and Orion Management Solutions, facility manager, are excited to bring this exciting new sport to the State of Missouri.
To play FootGolf, athletes use soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. The Heart of America Golf Academy FootGolf Course has 18 holes built within the confines of “The Rock” at HOA and is designed to be able play both traditional golf and FootGolf simultaneously.
FootGolf uses golf's basic model including tee boxes, greens, bunkers, hazards and 18 holes of play. Scorecards display par scores for each hole as in regular golf. The sport is governed by the Federation for International FootGolf and has grown primarily internationally.
"We're excited to bring this new sport to our golf course," explained Craig Martin, PGA General Manager at HOA. "It's a perfect fit for our facility. Our 18-hole FootGolf course is incorporated into our “Rock” golf course and FootGolfers will play in regular rotation with our current traditional golfers." "As a father of two active children, I am fascinated by the combination of the two sports. My family will be able to be outdoors playing an enjoyable game while getting a good deal of exercise. I think this sport is a winner," Martin continues.
The sport is played in the traditional format of up to four players per group with FootGolfers either walking the course or using golf carts. Holes are roughly half the distance of a regular golf hole. While the soccer ball doesn't travel as far in the air as a golf ball, it will roll much farther in the fairways.
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