Combines soccer and golf
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2015) — Metro Parks & Recreation is opening Louisville’s first footgolf course on Saturday at Bobby Nichols Golf Course. The course will be the first certified public footgolf course in Louisville and fourth in the state.
The game is played with participants starting each hole from a teeing area with a No. 5 soccer ball that they kick to a green with a hole that’s 21 inches in diameter.
The game is played at a quicker pace than regular golf, with an hour for every 9 holes as the average playing time. Bobby Nichols is a 9-hole course, so most of the regular holes on the course have two footgolf holes or more on them.
The 18-hole course at Bobby Nichols, which is located on East Pages Lane near Waverly Park in Southwest Louisville, measures 2,669 yards and is a par 72, same as the regular golf course. Currently, there are just over 400 footgolf courses nationwide.
“Every hole is challenging and requires thinking your way around the course, not just kicking the ball as hard as you can,” said deputy director Marty Storch. “All elements of the golf course itself will come into play—bunkers, trees, creeks, dog legs—it’s fun, but requires quite a bit of strategy.”
Golfers should wear flat sole shoes, tennis shoes or turf shoes. Soccer cleats are not allowed. Regular greens fees apply and golf cart rentals are available. In addition, soccer balls can be rented for $2 per round at the course. The course will not open until after noon on weekends and holidays but will be available all hours during weekdays.
Storch said the footgolf course at Bobby Nichols is also being slated to be a part of the First Tee Golf Program that teaches the game of golf to youths in the area. That program, administered through Metro Parks, is offered at Shawnee, Seneca and Long Run golf courses.
“It will give an opportunity for youths to use footgolf as a bridge to the game of golf,” he said. “It’s a fun way for them to learn both sports.”
An official dedication of the new course will be scheduled for later this month according to Metro Parks & Recreation officials.