Footgolf is a precision sport where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible.
The origins of footgolf are unclear as they can be attributed to many countries at the same time, as early as 2006. The first nine-hole footgolf tournament on a golf course, and played as the sport is known today, was organized in the Netherlands in 2008 by Michael Jansen and Bas Korsten, and played by a mix of Dutch and Belgian professional footballers. Jansen learned of the sport from Dutch footballer Willem Korsten, who recalled playing a similar game during his time with British club Tottenham Hotspur who would end training sessions by kicking the ball from the pitch back to the changing rooms in as short a time as possible.
Later Belgium and Hungary switched from playing in parks to golf courses and the game was introduced to Argentina in 2010. The American FootGolf League was founded in 2011. The game was internationally publicized, and countries worldwide started collaborating on the development of the game. By October 2014, the game was offered at more than 240 courses in the United States and was in the final stages of being recognized by Sport England.
The game’s emergence coincided with the decline of the popularity of golf among young people, with 643 courses closing between 2006 and 2014 in the United States.The sport has financially saved many struggling golf courses, and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and World Golf Foundation have both acknowledged footgolf’s contribution to helping golf courses generate more income, and noted that it may contribute to the growth of golf itself. PGA president Ted Bishop said that “I think it would be ludicrous to think there won’t be a percentage of those people that might say, ‘Hey, you know what? I think I’d like to try and play golf.” One course in the United States has footgolf holes running perpendicular to regular golf holes, so that both games can be played at the same time.
Three countries combined to form the Federation for International Footgolf in June 2012, and the first Footgolf World Cup was held in Hungary that month.
In the spring of 2015 the National Golf Courses Owners Association (NGCOA) recognized the American FootGolf League (AFGL) as the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the U.S.
In 2016 the second FootGolf World Cup was held in Argentina.
A sport with near identical rules, codeball, attained brief popularity in the United States during the late 1920s and 1930s.
Dont worry there is no dress code at Ballybane FootGolf . The only request we have is that you wear clothes of some kind!
If you do want to wear the official FootGolf outfit, here is a guide to help you.
There are no football boots with studs or cleats, only flat shoes or runners can be worn. This is the only restriction we have in terms of a dress code so if you want to dress as a smurf or Homer Simpson that is no problem! Take a picture and we’ll put it on our Facebook page for the world to see! Enjoy your game at Ballybane FootGolf.
Did you know Ballybane FootGolf was featured on RTE programme Don’t Tell the Bride!
The show’s format consists of a couple who are given 10,000 Euro to spend on their wedding but they must spend three weeks apart without contact and the bridegroom must organise every aspect of the event and attire including the wedding dress, as well as the hen and stag parties, surprising the bride.
Ballybane FootGolf is an ideal location for your Stag or Hen party. In fact for any outing, corporate day, school tour, team building Ballybane FootGolf provides a great day of entertainment for all ages. We can even arrange for pizzas and chips to be delivered after your game to get your energy levels back up!
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Looking for something to do for the summer holidays, why not play two sports in one. FootGolf is one of the most popular sports in the world and Ballybane FootGolf is Ireland s number 1 FootGolf course. Fun, fresh air and exercise and takes less than 90 mins for a group of 4 people.
Child and family rates available.
On the 68 bus route and a short drive from the N7, N4 and M50, FootGolf at Ballybane is well located no matter which part of the country you are coming from. Adamstown train station is only a 5 minute taxi journey to the course.
Tel: 086 8299585