So it came as a surprise when I saw that a club near us was letting people actually kick footballs around the course!
This is the relatively new game of FootGolf!
We went to try it out at Little Hay Golf Centre near Hemel Hempstead.
The Footgolf course runs in parallel with the pitch ‘n' putt course. It has its own greens with its blue flags – and of course a far bigger hole than the golf course – about 2ft in diameter.
You are handed a score card – just like in ordinary golf – and there is a par for each hole – how many kicks it should take you to get the ball in the hole.
The start point is between two low white flags. You need a fair old kick to achieve the par. My son is eight and a keen footballer and he managed okay – but he is able to really boot a ball! Most of the other people we saw playing were teenagers or older.
It was good fun for both of us – Arron enjoyed the fact that he can boot a ball harder than me, while I had more patience for the fiddly shots that needed accuracy. It was enough of a challenge to be fun for both of us – and we were probably on the course for over an hour. The course is made trickier with humps and bumps – and one particularly challenging hole is at the top of the hill – miss on your first attempt and watch in despair as the ball goes merrily rolling away to the bottom!
There are nine holes to complete and it was a good way to spend some time outside together on a sunny day. He’s already asked when we can go back and take his Dad along too – and see if we can improve on his score.
The other bonus was that he was quite keen to have a go at the pitch n putt course as well. If the idea of Footgolf is to encourage people to come along to a golf center and maybe have a go at golf too, it’s a clever idea. It’s also a good game if you are not up to a lot of running (for whatever reason) but are happy to kick a ball about.
We will certainly be going back.
The prices at Little Hay Golf Club were £5 for an adult £3 fr children,