On Monday 7th July I headed up to Stockwood Park in Luton to play my first round of the new sport of FootGolf. I'd been challenged to a match by my old Dodgeball rivals - the Welwyn Dowed Warriors.
|Playing FootGolf at Stockwood Park in Luton|
I first heard about FootGolf last September and since then Luton has seen two courses open - at Stockwood Park Golf Centre and at Tea Green Golf.
A couple of weeks ago I saw how popular the game was as I had a round of Pitch & Putt on the Stockwood Mini Golf course.
The sport of FootGolf is played on a golf course, with player's aiming to get the football into the hole in as few shots as possible. The 'green' and hole itself is placed beside or beyond the regular golf's green to enable players of the two games to have a round at the same time.
Having paid for our round of 9-hole (£5.50 each, plus a £5 refundable deposit for each ball borrowed) we heaed out to the course. With the rules of the game read out from the very well designed FootGolf scorecard we were ready to get underway, with 'The Professional' kicking/teeing-off first.
|Paul 'Barer' Harvey readying himself for a tricky 'putt' on the 3rd hole - this one really got the better of most players (apart from 'The Professional' and Paul)|
We had a great, fun round with plenty of banter and some wild shots. These were interspersed with some good use of the greens to play some nice angled shots. The shot of the match went to Paul who kicked a cracker to score a three on the par-5 121 yard sixth hole.
|Steve 'The Belly' Kelly pitches a shot across the edge of the golf green|
|Steve 'The Belly' Kelly chips out of the rough|
|Steve 'The Belly' Kelly in trouble again|
The final results saw 'The Professional' win with par (34), notching up a two on hole five and a three on the ninth. In second on 36(+2) was Paul. I was third on 37(+3), with Steve edging out Rowdy Russell 39(+5) to 40(+6).
It was a good, open round and hopefully we'll all improve in our second game.
|Richard Gottfried 'putting' on the Stockwood Park FootGolf layout|
We all agreed it was a fun game to play and we'll certainly be having another round soon. The Hertfordshire-based players are hoping to see a FootGolf course open up on their side of the border.
|A new FootGolf sign will need to be added to the post at Stockwood Park|
You can also play FootGolf on Tea Green Golf's new course at Wandon End, near Luton.
Check out the links below for the UK FootGolf Association and Stockwood Park Golf Centre for more details about playing the game.
FootGolf seems to be a fast growing sport, with new courses popping up all over the country.
- Stockwood Park Golf Centre
- UK FootGolf Association
Related blog posts:
- Observations of FootGolf
- FootGolf is heading to Luton!
- Stockwood Park-related Blog Posts
- Crazy World of Minigolf Tour - Course Played #30 Luton (Stockwood Park) - Mini Golf/Pitch & Putt