Lexington golfers and soccer players can come together in a sport that mixes the two.
FootGolf is played using the basic model of golf, with a tee box, a green, bunkers, hazards, a similar scorecard and 9 or 18 holes to play. The main differences are the size of the holes, which are 21 inches in diameter, the ball (a #5 soccer ball), the shorter holes, and the fact that the players kick the ball instead of using clubs.
Lexington’s Division of Parks and Recreation will be hosting a grand opening tournament for the new FootGolf course located at 469 Parkway Drive. The tournament, which will take place on June 19 during the grand opening, is free of charge and is open for as many as 72 pre-registered teams.
Players should wear indoor soccer shoes or tennis shoes and proper attire is required (shorts and shirts). Cleats are not permitted.
FootGolf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country with 415 courses in 48 states having been built since the sports beginning in 2011.
FootGolf tee times at the Gay Brewer Jr. Picadome Golf Course are available Monday through Sunday between the hours of 1 to 3 p.m. The Division of Parks encourages players to call or go online and schedule tee times here.
Participants need to detail in the comments section that their registration is for FootGolf when setting up a tee time. The cost is $11 for adults and $9 for juniors (17 and under). Cart rental is $7 for 9 holes and $14 for 18 holes per person. Ball rental is $4 if they do not have their own.
Picadome’s FootGolf course is a par 72 course. It is approximately 2,500 yards long and takes roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes to play 18 holes. Scoring and rules are the same as regular golf. It does have some unique rules, which are posted on the golf website.
While the Picadome FootGolf Grand Opening event on June 19 is free, participants must pre-register. The event will also offer appetizers and prizes. For more information, contact Aaron McDowell at (859) 288-2990 or visit Parks Footgolf page here.
From the Office of Public Information
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