The Town of Huntington’s Dix Hills Park Golf Course became the first official Footgolf course on Long Island this week as this hybrid sport of golf and soccer was unveiled at the popular nine-hole course facility.
“As an avid golfer and youth soccer coach, I am proud to announce that Huntington is the first on Long Island to offer Footgolf,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “This represents our continued commitment to providing new and enjoyable recreational opportunities for our residents.”
Originally created in the Netherlands, Footgolf is quickly becoming a popular sport across the nation, drawing strong support and interest from children, adults and seniors. “The object is quite simple – kick a soccer ball into a special designed hole with the fewest kicks possible,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “However, it’s something easier said than done.”
The Councilman commended the staff of Integrity Golf Co. for bringing the idea to the attention of the Parks & Recreation Department. Integrity is the management company overseeing operations at Dix Hills and Crab Meadow golf courses. “When we partnered with Integrity, we asked them to develop new ideas to enhance the playing experience while generating additional revenue to help offset our maintenance costs,” Councilman Cuthbertson said.
“We’re thrilled to be sharing our first-class golf facilities with this fun family-oriented alternative game,” said Integrity Golf CEO Gene Garrote, whose Orlando-based company oversees 35 golf facilities in seven states. “I can’t wait to try it myself!”
The game is played the same way as golf, except players use a regulation No. 5 soccer ball instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club. Players begin by kicking the ball from the tee box, hopefully keeping it in play in the fairway.
The object is to get the ball into a special 21-inch round cup, placed to the side and away from the regular golf greens, with the least kicks possible. Players are prohibited from walking on the golf greens or kicking a ball from the surface. Other rules are similar to that of golf.
“This is a great opportunity for a family to enjoy an afternoon of fun and relaxation without having to invest in expensive equipment, lessons and training,” the Councilman said. “To score well, one has to carefully read the course, execute smart approaches and make accurate putts – just like my golf game.”
The cost to play nine holes is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Soccer balls may be rented for $3 per round.
For more information and to book a tee time, call the Dix Hills Pro Shop at 631-499-8005.