All of your FootGolf questions answered (and then some)!!!
What In the World is FootGolf?
FootGolf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and is a combination of the games of soccer and golf. The rules of FootGolf largely correspond to traditional golf with the primary goal (soccer pun intended…) of getting your ball (in this case a regular, size 5 soccer ball…) into a 21” FootGolf cup in as few shot/kicks as possible.
And why a 21” cup you ask? Great question!!! Used with a size 5 soccer ball, a 21” FootGolf cup represents the same ball-to-cup proportion as a golf ball to a golf cup!
FootGolf is integrated into existing golf courses to allow FootGolfers the opportunity to navigate the same course designs and obstacles experienced by traditional golfers:
Hazards (e.g. trees, water, stone walls, etc.)
9-to-18 Holes of Play
And similar to golf, the different surfaces of a FootGolfers foot (combined with kicking tactics) are comparable to the different clubs a traditional golfer would have to consider depending upon their shot. For example:
FootGolf drives from the tee box and/or long shots from the fairway are generally taken with the “laces” or top of the foot (similar to shooting a soccer ball or kicking for distance).
Shorter, more accurate FootGolf shots are taken with the instep (similar to passing a soccer ball).
And most FootGolfers choose to putt with the sole of the foot/shoe with a rolling action (similar to a soccer kick-off) for added control and accuracy.
If you’re more of a “visual” person, here are a few YouTube videos that provide great FootGolf content and demonstrations!
Where Can I Play FootGolf?
Starting on June 8th of this year (2014), right here at Stonehedge Golf Course!!! There are now over 120 accredited golf courses in the United States that offer FootGolf and Stonehedge Golf Course is thrilled to be the first FootGolf course in Vermont (and only second in the New England region) and proud to be an official member of the American Foot Golf League (AFGL)!
Is it true that FootGolf can be played at the same time as standard golf is being played?
Absolutely! In fact, the American FootGolf League (AFGL) actually requires that FootGolf courses only be established on operating golf courses and, like many other FootGolf courses around the country (and world), the goal is to fully integrate the two sports. Aside from some golf-only restrictions that we have in place during weekend peak times (see our Rates page for more details), it's entirely possible that a group of FootGolfers could be playing ahead of or behind a group of standard golfers.
When Can I Start Playing FootGolf at Stonehedge?
After our successful launch of FootGolf in 2014, we're pleased to announced that Stonehedge is now fully integrating FootGolf! Translation?!?! Play any day and any time! No more FootGolf playing restrictions!
Should I Make a Reservation (a.k.a. Tee Time) Ahead of Time?
Yes, we would suggest calling the clubhouse (802.773.2666) and scheduling a tee time to ensure availability. We will accept tee times up to 30 days in advance!
What Do I Need to Play?
Not much... Unlike the game of golf where the equipment can get a little pricy, the only thing you need to play FootGolf is a size 5 soccer ball, a pair of comfortable shoes (NO SOCCER/ATHLETIC CLEATS ARE ALLOWED ON THE COURSE!!!) and an appetite for fun! And for those that don’t have a soccer ball, Stonehedge has size 5 soccer balls available for rental.
For a group of 3-4, the standard time to complete 9-hole round of FootGolf is 60-70 minutes (slightly faster than a 9-hole round of golf at Stonehedge).
How Many People (FootGolfers) Can Play at a Time In the Same Group?
The maximum group size for golf is 4, but with the pace of FootGolf being slightly faster than golf, Stonehedge will allow FootGolf groups of 2-6 players. While solo FootGolfers are also welcome to play Stonehedge, single players may be asked to join with another group of players to limit contention on the course. Who needs Match.com?!?!
Are There Any FootGolf Rules/Regulations I Should Be Aware Of?
Here are the standard AGFL FootGolf rules/regulations:
Make sure your ball is easy to identify and differentiate from others in your group or on the course.
Review the score card and wait for your turn. Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players.
Kick off your ball from a position up to two meters (6 feet) behind the tee markers.
The ball must be played in a single movement. You are not allowed to push the ball with the top or bottom of your foot.
The ball must come completely to rest before playing your next shot. It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling (even when/if wind-aided).
Play the ball from where it lies – you are not allowed to move the ball.
You may mark the spot and lift your ball when it obstructs another player’s kick or ball in any way.
Playing/kicking balls from the golf greens is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Place your ball off the green at the same distance from the FootGolf cup before playing your next shot.
The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.
The order of play is established based on the score of the previous hole. The player with the best score will kick off first on the next hole followed by the second, etc.
If the ball lands in a water hazard retrieve it, place on dry land within 2 steps from where the ball entered the hazard and receive a one stroke penalty.
If the ball goes out of bounds and is unplayable, place it back in play within 2 steps from where the ball left the fairway and receive a one stroke penalty.
Here are our Stonehedge FootGolf rules/regulations:
IMPORTANT! Soccer cleats are strictly prohibited!!! We require all FootGolfers to wear indoor/turf soccer shoes or normal sneakers.
Whenever possible, do not walk on the Golf Greens while playing FootGolf.
Formal golf or soccer attire is acceptable, but FootGolfers are encouraged to dress comfortably and tastefully. Tank tops, sleeveless shirts and cut-off shorts are not permitted.
Please refer to the FootGolf course map for the layout/routing of each hole.
The 9-hole pace of play for Golfers and FootGolfers is 90 minutes. Please make sure to keep up with the group in front of you. Groups falling behind our pace of play standard will be moved forward to recapture their position on the course.
Because FootGolfers will be playing in succession with Stonehedge Golfers, there needs to be mutual respect between the two games and participants... We expect FootGolfers to conduct themselves appropriately during their round, and all parties should make every effort not to disrupt the rounds of others while on the course.