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Dundee Twp. Park District to get kick out of footgolf

The hybrid sport footgolf which combines soccer golf is coming Dundee Township Park District. | Phocourtesy American FootGolf League

The hybrid sport footgolf, which combines soccer and golf, is coming to the Dundee Township Park District. | Photo courtesy American FootGolf League

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Updated: March 5, 2014 6:24AM

A sport gaining in popularity across the country will soon make its way to the Dundee Township Park District.

The hybrid sport footgolf combines soccer and golf. According to the American FootGolf League, the game is played with a soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. Players have to get the soccer ball into the holes using as few kicks as possible.

Tom Mammoser, executive director of the Dundee Township Park District, said the game will be played at the Bonnie Dundee Golf Course.

“We think it will be a nice alternative use of the golf course,” he said.

“We’ll still operate the golf course as is, but we will determine some specific times when we can have footgolf.”

It was the idea of Dundee Township Park District Golf Course Superintendent Mike Sprouse to bring the sport to the area.

Boosting interest

“He brought in an article about footgolf and how they were doing it on a course in Texas,” Mammoser said.

“As a staff we did some research and found there is a golf course in Illinois that has done it. We thought it would be a nice option to bring into the community.”

He said because of the popularity of soccer, “this will bring in a whole new interest group to the facility.”

“As well as make it easy for youth and parents to participate together,” Mammoser said.

The park district staff’s goal is host an introductory footgolf event this summer.

“Then through the balance of the summer we’ll have specific days where we will convert the golf course to foot golf,” Mammoser said. “We will naturally publicize those dates in advance and react to the amount of interest we get.”

While a game of normal golf can take around four hours to play 18 holes, foot golf averages about two and a half hours to play 18 holes.

Park District officials hope the community takes advantage of the new offering come summer.

“We’re going to see where this goes,” Mammoser said.

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