Footgolf is a cool new game that combines football and golf, and it’s great fun to play as a family. But is playing footgolf with toddlers a good idea?
If your toddler is as obsessed with football as mine is, then the answer to that question is a pretty simple yes. Our two-year-old boy Sonny probably spends about 30-60 minutes a day smashing a football around the house or garden, and he absolutely loves being outside. So when we heard our local golf course was running a free family fun day last Sunday, we headed straight down there.
What is footgolf?
As you can probably guess from the name, footgolf mixes football and golf to create a cool game that pretty much anyone can play. Footgolf is played on a golf course (of sorts), usually with nine holes. Just like golf, you have fairways to drive down, greens to put on, and flags to aim at, but the big difference is the size of the hole. Instead of being golfball-sized, it’s football-sized. And that’s because instead of whacking a little golf ball around the course with clubs, you’ll be kicking a football around with your feet.
How hard is footgolf?
Not hard at all. The courses and holes are long enough to make them challenging enough for people who’d consider themselves good footballers of golfers (or even both), but there’s also no reason why a complete novice can’t turn up and have a go. We played at St Ives Golf Course, where we were given a ball and scorecard each when we started. Each hole had its own difficulty rating and par (the amount of shots you’re expected to take to complete it), so you just keep track of your own score and take as long as you want. It doesn’t matter if you hit a hole-in-one or take 200 shots to get around the course – just turn up and have fun.
Will I need specific footgolf gear?
Nope. You just need a football and a pair of trainers or football boots. We played on a dry sunny day, but the grass was wet, which meant we spent half the time slipping about in trainers. Footgolf courses might look like golf courses but they’re nowhere near as pristine, so don’t worry about doing any damage with your footy boot studs. That’s what they expect you to do! It might be worth taking your own ball too. Most courses will provide balls, but if it’s busy – or if you have a favourite ball – it’s probably better to have your own as back-up.
Can you play footgolf with toddlers?
I say yes. If your toddler is up for a bit of exercise and likes kicking footballs, footgolf a great way to spend a couple of hours. Don’t expect your toddler to keep score and play the game seriously, and be prepared for a tantrum or two, but also be prepared for lots of fun. We had to bribe Sonny with a few snacks at the halfway stage, and I think I may have carried him for a hole or two, but he had a great time. And so did we. Footgolf with toddlers is awesome!!!