FootGolf Left At The Curb

FootGolf courses in the region are vanishing. The sport combines soccer and golf.

Two years ago North Carolina had about 15 FootGolf courses (CSN, May 2015), but the number now is probably a half a dozen or fewer including only two (Ral­eigh Golf Association and Keith Hills (white course) in Buies Creek in our region.

Gone are FootGolf courses at The Chal­lenge, Graham, Occoneechee, Hillsborough, Heritage, Wake Forest.

Courses for FootGolf are available in Greenville, Charlotte, Fort Bragg.

FootGolf initially was seen as an optional revenue source for golf courses. Once considered a means of attracting young people to the game or as a means for bringing cash to under-used courses was dropped by area courses.

Problems arose with the pace and lost balls. Those who enjoyed kicking balls found the pace of FootGolf way too slow compared to soccer. And it became a problem at courses with ponds when balls would find their way to the water. The fact is it is a lot easier to carry an extra golf ball in your pocket than extra soccer balls.

Henry Lister and Joel Bulkley contributed to this story.