FootGolf tournament taking signups
, 2022-11-02 13:50:00,
A tournament for footgolf — golf played with a soccer ball — will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo.
The registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 3, for Megabowl III, which will be played by a scramble format with two-person teams playing 18 holes. It is open to all ages and skill levels. Coed teams get one mulligan, or do-over from the tee.
A prize will go to the winning team and a gift to anyone who enters. Cost is $40 per individual or $80 per two-person team and includes cart rental. Visit theNFGA.com to register or for more information.
Qaiser Patel, commissioner of the National FootGolf Association, said most people aren’t familiar with the sport and that the NFGA is trying to change that by holding tournaments, leagues, and events for players of all ages and skill levels.
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There are permanent footgolf courses in Sacramento and Vallejo, but the holes for this “pop-up” tournament will be above ground since it will be played on a temporary course.
“We will be using a variety of above-ground holes with a couple of styles I invented with my father, who is an industrial engineer from San Jose State,” Patel said. “The NFGA is the U.S. supplier of in-ground and above-ground footgolf cup sets and targets for golf courses and individuals.”
Footgolf fairways are much shorter than those used for traditional golf, with the holes off to the side of the fairways.
“On par 5 holes, we can even fit two footgolf holes depending on course layout,” Patel said. “Since the pace of play for footgolf is quicker than in golf and kicks are much shorter than golf drives, most of the time, footgolf tee times can be placed in between golf tee times so the course can add more revenue without losing golf tee times. If designed well, Footgolfers can tee off after (traditional) golfers tee off and play their hole while the second golf group is waiting for the first golf group to take their second shot.”
Footgolf, which originated in the Netherlands in 2008, requires the player carry only a water bottle.
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