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Get your kicks on the course

5/4/2016

 

You’ve just shanked your 3-iron approach shot to the green, a wicked slice that sails two fairways right of where you should be.

Warrior Run Golf Course in Norwalk will be the first course in Iowa to offer FootGolf. The cost is $15 a person, and soccer balls can be rented for $5 each.

Warrior Run Golf Course in Norwalk will be the first course in Iowa to offer FootGolf. The cost is $15 a person, and soccer balls can be rented for $5 each.

After picking up your club, which you boomeranged 40 yards through the air in disgust, you now commence the walk of shame and make your way across the fairway to your ball.

And it doesn’t get better. Once you’ve located your ball, you find that your line of sight to the green is blocked by a wrongly placed pine tree. Now you’ve got two choices: eat the stroke and pitch it safely off to either side of the bothersome conifer, or take measures into your own hands.

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For most of us hackers, it’s the latter. A gentle 3- to 5-yard kick later, and we’re back in business — for a while anyway.

Yes, it’s called foot golf — the great equalizer for those who would rather not worry about the minor hassles in golf like, oh, rules.

However, for those who have a conscience and would rather use their feet for other things than cheating on the golf course, Alex Rick may just be your man.

Rick aims to change the notion that using your foot on the golf course is a bad thing. What would the result be if soccer and golf got together and had a child?

FootGolf. The real one.

Instead of worrying about hitting a tiny white ball hundreds of yards with skinny sticks with blades, FootGolf requires players to kick a soccer ball into a 21-inch diameter cup using as few attempts as possible — the same concept as golf.

Sound fun? Well get ready central Iowa, the sport is debuting at a metro golf course this month.

Warrior Run Golf Course in Norwalk is introducing central Iowa’s first FootGolf Course, and Rick, a FootGolf spokesperson, couldn’t be more excited.

“This is an excellent skills development game for soccer players and teams,” says Rick. “Distance and accuracy will improve, while players get a great hour of exercise.”

Rick anticipates that adults and families of all ages will also find FootGolf as a way to get outside and have some fun.

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) certifies courses across the country, and Warrior Run Golf Course will be central Iowa’s first certified FootGolf course, which is being constructed alongside its traditional golf course.

“FootGolf will be played at the same time as golf,” said Rick. “Playtime is a little quicker than golf because the FootGolf holes are shorter than traditional golf holes. It’s normal to see both golfers and FootGolf participants on the course at the same time.”

The new game consists of nine AFGL-certified FootGolf holes, with two sets of tees to match any skill level. The cost is $15 a person, and soccer balls can be rented for $5 each. A round of nine holes usually take about 1 hour and 15 minutes, Rich said. The course will be open seven days a week.

Think you’re too young or too old to play? Think again, said Rick.

“There’s a big demand for more outdoor activities, and everyone, at any age, can walk and kick a ball,” explains Rick.

Golfers, too. CV

 

 

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