Enjoy some festive funon fairways with footgolf

There will be some festive fun on the fairways at Duns Golf Club on Tuesday, December 29.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 17th December 2020, 3:55 pm
FootGolf is gaining in popularity and Berwickshire has already hosted several tournaments.
FootGolf is gaining in popularity and Berwickshire has already hosted several tournaments.

The venue will be holding a FootGolf competition, which is open to amateur football clubs in Berwickshire, along with selected other sports clubs.

Because of the present coronavirus pandemic, only local Berwickshire clubs will be invited to enter a team(s) at this time.

Part of the day will also be set aside for the local community to take part and try out this new sport to the Borders.

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The competing teams invited to play will begin at 9.30am for various prizes, while the community fun event will start at noon.

While the clubhouse will be open for toilet and wash facilities, no food or drinks will be available, other than from the coffee and vending machines, again owing to Covid.

If you would like to enter a team (four people) from your local amateur football club, you should initially contact your club administrator, who should have received an entry form to return.

If not, e-mail your intention to play to [email protected] and an entry form will be sent to you.

For teams entering, there will be a charge of £20 on the day.

For members of the community who wish to play, it will be a case of turning up and playing.

Groups will be limited to four people and you will also require to bring your own footballs (adults size 5, under 16s size 4) and appropriate footwear. There will be a small charge of £2 per individual over 15 years old.

FootGolf is a fast-growing established sport all over the world.

It is played from a teeing area, just like golf, using a size 5 football played into a 22-inch hole.

Various lengths of ‘hole’, again, just like golf, are in place to give the hole and course par.

These holes range from approximately 55 yards to 225 yards, depending on the par applied.

Just like golf, FootGolf has tree hazards, doglegs, water hazards and penalty areas.

The object is to hole out the football in the least number of ‘kicks’ possible. Again, like golf, scores can range from bogeys to eagles or better.

FootGolf can be played by individuals from primary school to senior citizen age.

It is played using sport shoes, not football boots, and generally follows the rules of golf. It can be played by individuals or on a team basis.

For more competitive individuals, players and teams can play in leagues and ‘Open’ competitions, challenging each other’s skills and proficiency of the sport.

The average course length can be approximately 2300 yards for 18 holes and will take around two to two-and-a-half hours to complete.