Front Royal Golf Club brings footgolf to area
FRONT ROYAL – There’s a new game that’s catching on fast across America and now it’s in Front Royal.
The Front Royal Golf Club now has footgolf. The game is a combination of soccer and golf played on the golf course. Front Royal is one of a select few golf courses in Virginia that has footgolf.
It’s played with a soccer ball. Participants kick the ball from the tee area and keep kicking it until they kick into the 21-foot cup. The number of kicks it takes to get it into the hole is the score you put on your scorecard, just like playing golf. Each hole is shorter than regular golf holes, and do not interfere with the golf course.
Footgolf has been popular across many parts of the world, and originally started in Hungary and Belgium in 2008. Warren County Parks and Recreation director Daniel Lenz said he heard about the sport and thought it would be a good idea.
“We thought this is really a neat idea,” Lenz said. “Why not bring it to our golf course, because no one in the area has something like this. Let’s try something that nobody else has and see what we can do.”
Front Royal Golf Club is a nine-hole course and the footgolf course has nine holes as well. Footgolf just started recently at Front Royal Golf Club and is only available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $9 per player for a nine-hole round. Foursomes are $7 per player and a second nine holes is $5 per player. The club is offering an introductory rate between now and Sept. 27 of buy one round and get one round for free. Each player must have his own No. 5 soccer ball, and No. 5 soccer balls are available for rent during all footgolf course hours for $3 per person, per day.
Reservations are available during scheduled footgolf course hours at the FRGC clubhouse. Tee times can be made through the phone reservation system at 540-636-9061.
One of the rules of footgolf is that you’re not allowed to kick the ball while it’s moving, you must wait for it to come to a complete stop before kicking it. All nine of the holes at Front Royal Golf Club are either par 3’s or 4’s. The shortest hole is 88 yards, while the longest is 170. Par is 32.
The sport is very popular among soccer players, including some locals. Lenz held a recent demonstration for some local youth soccer players and it was a big hit.
“It was pretty fun,” said Walker Wilkins, an eighth grader at Skyline High School. “It was like soccer on a golf course. You can’t really kick the ball hard or it will go over.”
The general consensus was the toughest part of the game was actually getting it into the hole once the ball is on the green.
Skyline assistant varsity girls soccer coach Amanda Slate said she thinks the game is good for soccer players.
“I think it’s great for them to work on their touches,” Slate said. “…I’ve already talked to the high school girls about it, especially since we know we have a couple months until we get geared up. I’m like this is something that we can do now. Just to kind of get us together as a team – it creates that cohesion.”
Marc Houde, who is president of the Front Royal Soccer Association, said that he thinks it’s a great game for kids to work on their game and to have fun.
“I think it’s very exciting,” Houde said. “It’s certainly a great accuracy inducement.”
He said they want to get all the high schools in the area involved as well as youth soccer leagues. Lenz said eventually they like to have tournaments and have some leagues for the sport.
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