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Wednesday
Nov142012

"The innovative fusion sport of soccer-golf is helping Argentine courses stay afloat in testing economic times when golfing revenue alone is often not enough..."

Magail Cervantes of Reuters on Argentinians' growing interest in soccer-golf (who knew?)

The game's objective, like golf, is to get the regulation size-five football in the targeted hole in as few kicks as possible.

And...

Tees and fairways are set up to one side in order that the grass on the golf courses is not damaged.

"You don't have to be a good soccer or golf player, you just need to know how to kick the ball and know how to think - to analyse the course so as to not take unnecessary risks," said Ancizar.

He believes the day when golfers and soccer-golfers can share the course is a long way off.

"We haven't had a time when we were playing simultaneously. When we do these kinds of events they close off the grounds for our use only," said Ancizar.

"In reality it's strange that they co-exist. If a golfer gets hit by a football it wouldn't bother him too much but if a soccer-golfer gets hit by a golf ball problems could arise."

Curious about how soccer-golf is played, I found this IB Times story showing soccer-golf in action.


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Reader Comments (12)

No yips with that hole!
Seriously it would be good to see some pros, including Charlie Rymer, play with a hole that size. No need for a belly putter in fact putting would be reduced to a third of the game instead of 75%. Ball striking becomes everything with a par of 54.
Nice cup liner!
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Our next research project at TurfNet tests compatibility of golf and archery golf.

Now I have to add kickball to the equation.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
In other news, Taylor Made just announced a ball that will give you 17 more yards....
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilltop
Soccer-Golf? That's kind of 2000-late!!

They have a small Football-Golfcourse in Austria, just over the border south of CZ) Pretty fun, it sits alongside a regular 9-hole par 3 course. Great to go out for a quick "kick-hit"

Would be nice to see some Disc Golf news once in awhile as well Geoff;-)) I know it's fairly popular in CA.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
It's called FootGolf around the world (including the US, which has an Association that is a member of the Federation for International FootGolf. It has a World Cup (the latest was held in Hungary earlier this year) and hopes to become an Plympic sport...

So why persist in calling it Soccer Golf? NOBODY else does.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Johnnn- dude, so many people play disc golf in Austin (of a certain age group) that when you say you are a golfer. the common question is disc golf or ....are you ready for this?.....*ball golf*.... yes ' I play golf.'' ''Disc golf or ball golf?''.

That ain't right.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
FootGolf is exactly ilke "real" golf in that it's way harder than it looks, and you can balloon and duck-hook your tee "shots" just as easily. Throwing your equipment after flubbing a chip is a bit of a hassle, though.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
A goalkeeper should guard the green like a caged animal.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
When my quidditch playing days are over I will have to give this a try.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
Looks like a lot of fun.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim S
Digs...i heard that about Austin, lots of DG'ers.

In AB where I did most of my disc throwin (in the mtns near Canmore...pretty cool place if you don't mind the odd grizzly bear sighting) they called regular golf "ball-golf" or (this is funny, yet true sorta) "Stick-golf".

I was proudly both, but pretty much sucked when I entered an Amateur Open division tourneys...kept on missing the cut by a couple of tosses and they once docked me a shot penalty because I didn't add up my entire 4some's scores up right, even though the hole scores were perfect...I guess hippy organizers hate math or were somewhat dazed and confused.

It's actually great for stretching out the other side of your back...just go easy at first and try to throw it flat and forward...spin helps too. Green fees can't be beat too...most places free or an honor system/lcash/lock-box for a buck or two...and I once lost a trusty driver disc 4 times...just writet your name or number on the bottom and lost discs usually come back.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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