Footgolf: the Colonial Golf Club unveils new sport

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Fun for all: Footgolf is a new, easy to understand, way to introduce people to sport on a golf course. Picture: Helen Nezdropa.Imagine you could play golf with a bigger group of friends, finish sooner and not have to carry a heavy bag of clubs.
Nanjing Night Net

A new form of golf has been launched that will solve all of those problems for you.

The Colonial Golf and Footgolf Club this weekend kicked off the first round of footgolf on it’s newly prepared course with an exhibition friendly tournament.

It is the first footgolf course in western Sydney, but the sport has already been taken up widely in the USA and Europe.

Footgolf is a very simple game; you kick a soccer-sized ball around the course onto specially made greens with 53 centimetre wide holes.

The winner of each hole is the one that puts the ball in the cup with less kicks, as in golf.

Merle Gordon, owner of the Colonial Golf and Footgolf Club, said this is now a permenant fixture at the club.

‘‘The club will have this on every week and the we are working out what times this might work for school children to come after school,’’ she said.

‘‘The council and local community have been very helpful, helping us put this together and working on times going forward.

‘‘Since we set this course up we have been fielding calls from other courses about using this as a way to grow the game.

‘‘Even one director from a nine-hole course in New Zealand has asked about it.’’

The aim of footgolf is to bring new people into golf clubs, through people having fun in groups, some younger participants and providing a sport that is a little less serious.

‘‘We look like being extremely busy next term with school sports and kids pestering their parents to let them play,’’ Gordon said.

‘‘It’s a pleasure to see people going around the course and having a laugh while doing it.’’

Christian Wainmayer, who is on the Footgolf Australia board of directors, believes the low barriers to entry of this sport mean it will be accepted quickly.

‘‘Across the globe we are seeing families, even mums with kids across the holidays when there isn’t school, are the people taking this up,’’ he said.

‘‘Anyone who can kick a ball can be involved and the skills are easier to learn.

‘‘There are 190 footgolf courses in the USA already.

‘‘We are after people who aren’t taking it that seriously, but people who want to come and have fun.

‘‘The sport isn’t played individually; we see groups of guys coming to book and just enjoy themselves.’’

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