New FootGolf sport coming to Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Beginning May 3, people in Kansas City, Mo., will have a new sport to try. FootGolf, which is a combination between soccer and golf, will open next month at the Heart of America Golf Course in Swope Park.

Players kick a soccer ball into large cups across the 18-hole course, dodging water hazards, sand pits and traversing hills. The sport is gaining popularity in other parts of the country, but is brand new to Missouri.

It will cost adults $10 to play and kids $5. Golf managers suggest making tee times by calling the Heart of America clubhouse.

FootGolf is exactly what it sounds like — soccer and golf melded into one. You keep score like golf, each shot counts as a stroke, while using your feet to strike the soccer ball down the fairway and toward the cup. The lowest number of total shots determines the winner.

There are only 64 courses in the United States.

"We're excited to bring this new sport to our golf course," explained Craig Martin, PGA General Manager at Heart of America Golf Course says he's excited about attracting new players to the course, "It's a perfect fit for our facility. FootGolfers will play in regular rotation with our current traditional golfers."

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.

 "As a father of two active children, I am fascinated by the combination of the two sports. I think this will attract youth from the popular soccer movement and possibly turn those Footgolf athletes into new golf players," he explained.

Players can also rent golf carts for $8 per player for 18 holes and soccer balls for $3 per ball. Players can also bring their own ball. A size 5 soccer ball is recommended.

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