The two football mad males in my household visited Stonham Barns Golf Centre a few weeks back to try out FootGolf.
Having a husband that has played off a handicap in the late teens in his youth, he was keen to give this new pursuit a go. FootGolf is proving a great way to maximise revenues for golf courses across the country. Offering both FootGolf and normal golf, clubs are re-inventing themselves as FootGolf Courses too. You can even play tournaments at this course.
I do think the Size 5 regulation football is a big ask for kids under 12. At a professional level, boys of 10 would use a Size 4 which is smaller and weighs slightly less and is more age appropriate (according to my son!). If this was a putter you would use the length best suited to your height / frame – just saying!!
However, the competition was great as expected and my 10 year old son managed to score under par on hole 8 much to his Dad’s annoyance, but he soon got one back on the 11th! A good round by both I think!
For some pointers on how best to play, FootGolf Romford have some useful tips on their Facebook page. We like this tip best:
Toe-Poking: the trusty toe-poke allows players to control the speed of the football better but accuracy often suffers. The best way to toe poke is to stand directly over the ball, read the putt and adjust your direction before pulling your foot back and kicking the football with the big toe part of the boot. A cm off to the left or right of the centre of the football and you’re likely to end up a good bit off target.
We will definitely be back again and this time I am playing around on the Mini Golf Course. I have heard there are some shops too!