Kicking Around On Bay View Fairways
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, email@example.com.