Foot­golf craze kicks off

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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.

Most cour­ses

hav nine or 18 holes

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