Have you ever heard of FootGolf? If not, you probably will soon. This fast-growing sport debuted in the US in 2011, greatly increasing in popularity since then. Now, Clifton Park has its own place to play this fun and challenging sport. The former pitch and putt par-3 course at the Players Park Family Fun Plex on Route 146A has been converted into a FootGolf course.
According to the American FootGolf League, the game has been played in various countries as early as 2001. The first official FootGolf tournament on a golf course was played in the Netherlands in 2008, and the game really kicked into fame in 2010 when it was introduced in Argentina.
With its US debut in 2011, the sport really took off in our country with nearly 500 courses added in 48 states in the past five years; 150 of those were constructed just last year alone. In our area, the Players Park course in Clifton Park is one of only three FootGolf courses between Albany and Lake George.
FootGolf is played on a golf course with and mostly follows typical golf rules, using a soccer ball instead of golf ball and club. The holes in the course are expanded to three feet in diameter to allow soccer balls to fit inside. Although simple in design, the game is not easy as one might think.
If the ball goes into the water – and there is a pond on the course at Players Park – you have to take a penalty point. You’re not allowed to remove any objects around the ball, including branches or plants. And regardless of the distance the ball is from the hole, players are required to complete the hole; you are not allowed to forfeit to your opponent.
Editors for The Troy Record gave the Players Park FootGolf course a try, and they agreed the challenges only added to the experience.
Also, while golf is considered to be one of the most difficult sports to play, FootGolf is undoubtedly easier, and arguably more rewarding. After all, it’s much easier to connect your foot to a soccer ball than a golf club to a golf ball!
Be one of the first in the area to give this cool sport a try, and head on down to Players Park for the perfect family outing. Be sure to stop in the ice cream parlor after the game!