Kick­ing Around On Bay View Fair­ways

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By CAROL CHANG

Soc­cer balls are start­ing to fly around Bay View Golf Course with the bless­ing of the lo­cal clergy, who keep a proud, watch­ful eye on such shenani­gans. It’s called FootGolf, an in­ter­na­tion­ally sanc­tioned sport that has con­verted about 300 Amer­i­can golf course own­ers to its fun, af­ford­able and fam­ily-friendly ways.

“The nice thing about it,” said Bay View’s golf pro, Larry Dunn, “is that kids of all ages can play, and so can par­ents who don’t play golf. And you don’t need ex­pen­sive equip­ment.”

Wind­ward Church of the Nazarene bought the 115acre, bank­rupt Ka­neohe golf course prop­erty in 2011, about the time that FootGolf started to catch on na­tion­ally. Pas­tor Jerry Ap­pleby tried it re­cently, and Dunn, also an or­dained min­is­ter, is get­ting the hang of the game, too. They en­vi­sion the sport as a kind of min­istry to bring fam­i­lies to­gether for fun in the out­doors. Right now, they said, Bay View is the only course in Hawaii cer­ti­fied for FootGolf (though Tur­tle Bay is soon to fol­low).

“It took us an hour and a half to play nine holes the

Yes, this is Bay View Golf Course, and no, Lu­cas Peter­son is not play­ing golf. The sport of FootGolf has come to the scenic Ka­neohe course where new fans can grab their soc­cer balls and try it out daily. Golfers and FootGolfers alike are shar­ing the links peace­fully as owner Wind­ward Church of the Nazarene revs up the ac­tion with the in­ter­na­tion­ally sanc­tioned sport. Photo by Bodie Collins, bcollins@mid­week.com.

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