FootGolf Makes Northern California Debut At Haggin Oaks GC

FootGolf, which combines the popular sports of soccer and golf, will make its Northern California debut at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento with the California FootGolf Challenge on July 14, 2013. Local players are invited to join enthusiasts from throughout California in a tournament where athletes use soccer balls on a traditional golf course with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. The Haggin Oaks Foot Golf Course will entail 18 holes built within the front nine of the Arcade Creek GC at Haggin Oaks- designed to be able play both traditional golf and FootGolf simultaneously.

FootGolf uses golf’s basic model including tee boxes, greens, bunkers, hazards and 18 holes of play. Scorecards display par scores for each hole as in regular golf. The sport is governed by the Federation for International FootGolf and has grown primarily internationally. The tournament at Haggin Oaks will be only the second contested in California.

“We’re excited to bring this new sport to our golf course,” explained Mike Woods, head golf professional at Haggin Oaks. “It’s a perfect fit for our facility. Our 18-hole FootGolf course is incorporated into our Arcade Creek golf course and we expect FootGolfers to play in regular rotation with our current traditional golfers. Golf 2.0 and other growth of the game initiatives are at the forefront of what we do here at Morton Golf and we feel like we can introduce many to the game of golf first through FootGolf.”

“As a former college soccer player and current golf professional, I am fascinated by the combination of the two sports. I am able to be outdoors playing an enjoyable game while getting a good deal of exercise. I think this sport is a winner.”

The sport is played in the traditional format of up to four players per group with FootGolfers either walking the course or using golf carts. Holes are roughly half the distance of a regular golf hole. While the soccer ball doesn’t travel as far in the air as a golf ball, it will roll much farther in the fairways.

“Haggin Oaks is the perfect location to introduce FootGolf,” says Laura Balestrini, President of the American FootGolf League . “Theirs is a service-first facility and we’re very enthusiastic about getting the sport off the ground in Northern California.”

For more information about FootGolf, to register for the tournament, or to play the game, visit www.hagginoaks.com or call (916) 481-GOLF.

5 Comments

  1. Bill2455 says: | Reply

    My foursome is cancelling their bi-weekly tee time at Haggin Oaks. I will no longer shop the pro shop. I will be passing on your futgolf notice to others and suggest no one else play there. This is shameful.

    • Morton Golf says: | Reply

      Hi Bill,
      Thank you for your comment. We do not see FootGolf disrupting any of our golfers at Haggin Oaks. Our golfers are our #1 priority!

      Kind regards,
      Mike Woods

  2. Nick says: | Reply

    Bill, I’m sure you are a passionate golfer but please don’t lose sight that what you are doing is recreational. The introduction of foot golf is another way to promote outdoor activity while incorporating some of the rules and etiquette of golf. Your classification of ‘shameful’ suggests that the new sport and its participants will directly impact your life and more importantly your golf game. I’m sure that Haggin Oaks management had taken into consideration the potential disruption that the new sport could have on its existing customer base. If you are not interested in contemporary ways of promoting the greater brand of golf than I suggest that you join a private club where your opinions can be directly heard via membership vote. Kudos to you Haggan Oaks management for thinking outside of the box, I think that participants in foot golf who have never played golf will gain interest in playing the sport that we love.

  3. Ted says: | Reply

    I think this a great idea! I played college golf and now I coach both of my kids in soccer. I can hardly wait to give it a try. What a great way to introduce your kids to both soccer and golf. My only concern is that my kid could get hit by Bill Hackers golf ball from the first comment, but I guess I don’t have to worry about that since he is never stepping foot on the course again. Lucky for you guys. Good luck with the program.

  4. J Med says: | Reply

    Haggin Oaks you’ve out done yourselves again. Footgolf is awesome, thank you and keep being the progressive innovators that you are! YOU RULE! Keep up the good work.

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