Welcome to the new and wonderful world of “Foot Golf” here in the most scenic of areas in Co. Tipperary. Same comes courtesy of Cashel Golf Range, Ballyknock, Cashel, latter venue situated just off the R639 [Map Ref], close to Cashel town.
Yes ‘Foot Golf’ is now the latest new precision Irish outdoor pursuit to hit Co. Tipperary, blending those two most enjoyable of recreational sports, namely Football and Golf.
“What is Foot Golf ?” I hear you ask! Well it all started back somewhere between the years 2006 – 2008, possibly beginning first in the Netherlands. Basically is comes down to simple logic “Why play just one sport when you can play two at the same time”. Players simply take two great sports; Football and Golf, then combine both together using the existing rules attributed to the game of Golf.
Players kick a regulation No. 5 soccer ball into a specially designed 21-inch “cup” which replaces the normally expected standard golf hole. In doing so players attempt to take the least amount of kicks as is possible between each hole. The player who plays all 18 holes with the fewest kicks wins.
For most players each round will take approximately two hours to complete and soccer balls can be cheaply rented at this same Cashel venue – or you may wish to bring along your own.
The attraction of this new sport is that it can be played by anyone who is a lover of either golf or football, while involving whole families from young children to grandparents. Same is now being recognised as the perfect outing for that close group of Friends (Ladies and Gents), that Corporate Event and of course that ever popular ‘Hen‘ or ‘Stag‘ party outing.
“What do you wear?” Simple answer, “whatever you like”, with the exception of possibly golf shoes with spikes which, as a general rule, are not allowed for obvious reasons. Ordinary ‘Runners‘ and ‘Football Boots‘ are acceptable and indeed recommended.
All in all this game promises to be a most inexpensive outing for families, with no expensive sports clothing or golfing equipment required. Also important is the fact that this new sport offers that important daily two hours of light exercise, recommended to maintain physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
Congratulations to ‘Cashel Golf Range’ for their initiative in introducing this most enjoyable of new sports to Co. Tipperary. Meanwhile if you fancy a game then Phone 062-62111 this weekend.