Ready to play the newest sports trend to hit an Alabama Gulf Coast golf course?
It’s FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf played with a No. 5 regulation soccer ball and using 21-inch-diameter cups.
Think you need to try your hand – or foot – at it before heading out to the course? No problem! There are two free practice holes behind the GlenLakes clubhouse.
The rules are similar to golf, with just a few differences. For example, a soccer ball floats; if you land in a water hazard, just wait until the ball floats back to the bank, retrieve it, and reposition it within two steps from the point the ball entered the water. And no soccer cleats, because they cause damage to the greens.
It takes about the same time to play 18 holes of FootGolf as it takes to play 9 holes of golf. It’s a great way to get a lot of exercise. But it takes skill, too! Soccer players have no problem with their drive (kick), but they usually have to learn how to chip and putt.