Amber Campbell kicks the ball to the cup on the new Footgolf course at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Photo credit: Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

Amber Campbell kicks the ball to the cup on the new Footgolf course at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Photo credit: Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls

FootGolf is a new and unconventional game that combines the elements of soccer and golf on a modified course, and is growing in popularity across the country. Cragun’s Legacy Courses added FootGolf to its Par 3 Course in 2014 to capitalize on this new phenomenon. Eric Peterson, General Manager of Cragun’s Legacy Courses, said “I’m excited about the potential to bring people to our course who are soccer crazy and to give them the opportunity to go to the golf course, experience some things at our courses and I think a percentage of those people might say, ‘I think I’d like to try and play golf’.”

FootGolf is a precision sport combining soccer and golf where players kick a football (soccer ball) into a 22 inch cup in as few shots as possible. At our Brainerd golf courses, FootGolf is played on the Par 3 Course and can be played while golf is being played as it follows the same course layout. The Par 3 Course is reversible so there are two great FootGolf courses. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the courses are alternated each day. FootGolf is fun for the whole family as it is a great game for all ages. It follows the same rules as traditional golf but is a game anyone can play.

The American FootGolf League (AFGL) was founded in 2011 and is the U.S. exclusive member of the Federation of International FootGolf (FIFG). AFGL is also a founding member of the North American FootGolf Alliance (NAFGA) and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States since June 2012. The AFGL represented the United States at the first FootGolf World Cup in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary in 2012. The AFGL is dedicated to promoting and expanding FootGolf in the United States.

FootGolf Basic Rules

1. Wear appropriate clothing – golf cap, collared shirt and argyle socks are preferred.

2. Your ball must be easy to identify.

3. Kick off your ball from a position up to two meters behind the tee markers.

4. The ball must be played in a single movement. You are not allowed to push the ball with the top or bottom of your foot. Your foot should be set separate from the ball before each kick.

5. Wait to play the ball until the ball has completely come to rest.

6. Play the ball from where it lies. You are not allowed to move the ball or remove jammed objects. Exception is when your ball obstructs another player. Then you may park your ball and replace it after that player has played.

7. The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.

8. If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within 2 steps from the closest land point from where the ball entered the hazard – add one stroke.

Click the link to learn more about FootGolf at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.