Footgolf craze kicks off
On 29 October, England’s Benjamin Clarke won the International Open footgolf competition in Japan and became the no1 ranked player in the world. Clarke first played footgolf in 2014.
Football has been played since the 1860s and golf began around 400 years before that. Footgolf combines the two. By kicking a football around a golf course, players must get their ball in each hole with as few kicks as possible.
The holes on a footgolf course are much bigger than the holes on a normal golf course. The holes on a golf course are 11 centimetres across but on a footgolf course they are 50 –53 centimetres. Most courses have nine or 18 holes and it is usually quicker to play a round of footgolf than traditional golf. Playing 18 holes usually takes about two hours.
The sport began in the Netherlands in 2008 and is now played in 36 countries. Players from all over the world compete against each other in tournaments, and the Footgolf World Cup was held in 2012 and 2016. The US are the current world team champions, and Argentina’s Christian Otero is the individual world champion.
Footgolf holes are bigger than those
in regular golf.
hav nine or 18 holes