Area’s First Accredited Course Opened July 12th
Calabash, NC — FootGolf is a relatively new concept on the Carolina coast, but given the popularity of golf and soccer, it is sure to be a big hit. The first to introduce it to the Myrtle Beach area is Meadowlands Golf Club, located just north of Myrtle Beach in Calabash, NC. Meadowlands’ 18-hole FootGolf course is accredited by the American FootGolf League (AFGL) and opened to the public on July 12th.
FootGolf is played pretty much like golf, on a golf course with traditional golf rules. The biggest difference is instead of a club and little ball, participants kick a soccer ball around the course and attempt to land it in a 21-inch hole in as few kicks as possible. The FootGolf course is a par 72 played at approximately 2420 yards.
General Manager Jason Monahan explains, “We have designed the full 18 hole FootGolf course on nine existing holes of the golf course, incorporating both sports with no modifications to the golf course. Distinctive mowing patterns define the FootGolf greens. Each par 3 golf hole has one FootGolf hole; each par 4 golf hole has two FootGolf holes; and each par 5 golf hole has three FootGolf holes. The FootGolf holes are located in or alongside the fairways, so they do not impact the golf greens. Also, since the FootGolf players move at approximately the same pace as regular golfers, we are able to accommodate both simultaneously.”
The course was designed by Monahan and tested by members of the Myrtle Beach Mutiny competitive soccer team along with adult and youth amateur soccer players from the region.
FootGolf will be available at Meadowlands seven days a week starting at 2 p.m. Initial 18-hole rates are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 14 and younger. “It’s a new concept, so we will be monitoring and making adjustments as we go,” adds Monahan.
FootGolf kick-off times can be made by calling the pro shop, 910-287-7529.
The origins of FootGolf are unclear as they can be attributed to many countries at the same time. Even the former Barcelona FC player Juan Manuel Asensi introduced the game in 2008 and sport enthusiasts were practicing it in Spain. The first 9-hole FootGolf tournament on a golf course and played as the sport is known today, was organized in the Netherlands in 2009.
For more information about FootGolf, visit online at www.FootGolf.net