Introduction to FootGolf

The two football mad males in my household visited Stonham Barns Golf Centre a few weeks back to try out FootGolf.

Stonham Barns FootGolf Course
FootGolf at Stonham Barns

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!

FootGolf results from Stonham Barns
Scorecard from our introduction to FootGolf
FootGolf at Stonham Barns
The journey to the hole at at FootGolf
At the FootGolf Hole
The holes are a good size for putting into at FootGolf

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!

9 hole Mini Golf Course
Mini Golf Course at Stonham Barns, Suffolk

When Football meets Big Golf not Minigolf

Living in a football crossed with minigolf obsessed household, my son was particularly happy to see one of England and Manchester United’s players enjoying a spot of minigolf at Paradise Island Adventure Golf in Manchester.

Luke Shaw enjoys minigolf
Luke Shaw enjoys Minigolf at Paradise Island in Manchester

Luke Shaw enjoyed a fun game of minigolf with his mates on Monday less than 24 hours after his first taste of facing boyhood club Chelsea as a Manchester United player.

The England international produced a solid performance against the Blues and the 19-year-old showed plenty of adventure (get it – adventure!) to pour forward from his left-back position.

It is not just some professional footballers that play minigolf, the combination of football and golf is becoming ever present at courses across the UK in the form of FootGolf.

Our family are finally going to embark on a game of FootGolf this weekend at our nearby Stonham Barns Golf Centre to indulge in their half-term offer.

FootGolf a combination of football and big golf!
FootGolf at Stonham Barns

Stonham Barns was the first FootGolf course in Suffolk and opened in August 2013.  FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of football and golf. The game is played with a regulation #5 football on shortened holes with 21 inch diameter cups.  The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. FootGolf as a game is played throughout the world in many different forms, but as a sport it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG).

Our performance will be the talk of next week’s post!

In the meantime you can read more about FootGolf on the following accounts on Twitter – join in the #footgolf revolution!