SPOKANE, Wash. - By now you've probably heard of frisbee golf but have you ever heard of foot golf? It's a new twist on soccer and golf which got it's start in the Netherlands in 2009 and recently has made its way to Spokane.
You can be great at golf and good at soccer but still struggle with this relatively new sport. My best advice after playing nine holes is to work on your short game. Everything else seems to fall into place after that.
"This definitely is the new most fantastic game around," Eagle Ridge short course owner Chris Becker said. "Anybody can play it, literally you don't have the clubs that you have in golf and all you have to do is have a foot that you can kick with and come on out and enjoy it and have a lot of fun."
Gordon Teel heard about foot golf from a friend and headed out to the short course to try it out.
"Ugh, I wasn't very good. I thought I was going to be awesome because I play a lot of soccer but there is clearly a whole set of skills for this," Teel said.
Teel said the game is a little frustrating but in a good way.
"No it's fun. Now I just really want to ... I am obsessed now to get better," he said.
"You think that you can kick that soccer ball a lot farther than you truly can," Becker said.
Becker said he designed the course for all skill levels, almost all the holes are par three and some are more tricky than others.
"We designed it so that it wasn't just a flat spot to play to so all the greens have some tricky little humps to get over or around or through," Becker said.
So far the new sport has been well received in Spokane. Becker's regulars are fine with the new crowd foot golf is bringing in, something he was worried about when he started looking into changing his course.
"The great thing about this game is that in the same group you can have somebody playing regular golf and somebody playing foot golf," Becker said.
And if you're curious what I shot – or should I say kicked – it was 8 over par for the course.
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