What is FootGolf?
FootGolf is a sport where two disciplines combine, to create a game accessible for all the family and at a professional level.
The rules of FootGolf are simple: The aim of the game is to get the ball by using your feet (kicking), from the tee box by a kick or several consecutive kicks into the hole.
FootGolf has been making large strides in order to be legitimised as a serious sport, with a full UK FootGolf calendar now in place. People from all over the country are battling against each other to climb the UK FootGolf rankings.
FootGolf in Staffordshire
Staffordshire has taken notice of the sports progression nationwide and now have a FootGolf course on the UK calendar. Cannock Park FootGolf, in Cannock, a 2570 yard, par 72 course, is the local representation of FootGolf for Staffordshire and hosts a UK FootGolf event in August.
Logistically speaking, the course is in a great location, just one mile away from Cannock station.
StaffsLive decided to visit a local site, to get a taste of what it is like to play this new and exciting sport.
Shobnall Leisure Complex in Burton-upon-Trent, provided us with the perfect taster of the sport. The FootGolf World Cup takes place in Morocco later this year at the Al Madeen Golf Resort, Marrakesh. This will be FootGolf’s third world cup, since the inaugural competition in Kisoroszi, Hungary, back in 2012.
Despite our performance at Shobnall in Burton leaving a lot to be desired, the buzz around the course spoke volumes. With many sports trying to gain Olympic status, who’s to say that FootGolf can’t make the step in years to come? From our experience, we think that the sport has serious potential to have engaging television coverage and therefore increased participation.
Anything is possible!