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What’s the Best Cure for World Cup AND British Open Fever? FootGolf

Two of the biggest sporting events in the world are separated by just a matter of days this summer, as the World Cup comes to an end in Brazil four days before the British Open tees off in England.

Until now, there didn’t seem to be anyway to combine your love of the two sports, but all of that has changed with FootGolf.

The game is relatively new, touching down in the United States three years ago.  But during that time, 160 courses in 32 states have been accredited by the American FootGolf League (SFGL).

The game is played on a standard golf course, with one obvious modification: the holes are a full 21 inches in diameter.

The rules mirror traditional golf rules, for the most part, including tee boxes, greens, and scoring.

If you need a quick primer on the basics of the game, check out this official video from the AFGL:

So is FootGolf catching on?

One Sacramento, California golf complex, Haggin Oaks, is averaging 700 to 1,000  rounds per month at its Arcade Creek course, compared to 3,000 to 4,000 rounds of golf during the same time frame.

Mike Woods, PGA director of golf at Haggin Oaks, told the Associated Press:

It’s kind of everything golf’s not, and we’re really happy about that. This year, (FootGolf) will have about a $75,000 positive impact on our bottom line.

In the Upper Midwest, there are FootGolf courses in Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.

The closest courses are Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, in Lincoln, Nebraska:

Also, Hyland Greens Golf Center in Bloomington, Minnesota:

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