FootGolf – it may sound a little funny, but the sport is no laughing matter.
It’s the combination of soccer and golf and it’s kicking off in Naperville due to a recent rise in interest.
“Basically your playing golf with a soccer ball. We set the course up we have 18 holes on our front nine here at Naperbrook, you kick the ball, every time you kick it, it counts as one stroke, same as when you hit a golf ball, every time you hit it. We have some pins out on the course and you continually kick the ball until you get to the hole and count your score that way,” said Ed Provow, Director of Golf at Naperville Park District.
FootGolf started in Europe around 2009, the sport quickly spread to North and South America and even prompted the start of the American FootGolf League.
Traditionally, players sport argyle socks for game play, but don’t let the wardrobe stop you – all you really need, is a regulation size five soccer ball, shoes, and a course.
Lucky for you, the Naperbrook golf course is now officially accredited by the Illinois FootGolf Association and invites all sorts of players to come out and give it a shot.
“Never played FootGolf before, played soccer and played golf, but never together.
Big soccer fan and big golf fan, so it made sense to just come out here,” said Brendan King, FootGolf player.
“First time, It’s awesome, seriously, we were talking about how we’re going to come back for sure,” said Bryan Gaul, FootGolf player.
As for skill level, it might take some getting used to.
“We’re not as good as we thought we would be, it’s a lot harder,” said Kayla Radloff, FootGolf player.
Naperbrook will continue to offer the sport through the end of November from 2 p.m. until dark. Those hours could be extended- glow in the dark FootGolf might even be in the near future.