Whether out of boredom or sheer ingenuity, some people always seem to find ways of inventing variations of sports – some of which die off in the inventors’ backyards. However, few get to make it to the wider world, inspiring massive ‘huh?’ moments – and one of those few is footgolf, a combination of football and golf which is gradually attracting fans, especially in South Africa.
Footgolf involves kicking a football into a large hole on a regular golf course. Just like golf, it’s won by the player with the fewest number of kicks. According to CGTN Africa, the sport is said to have started in the Netherlands in 2009. Played in over 35 countries, the game has its own governing body called Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG).
South Africa is one of the two African countries with FIFG membership (Morocco is the second), and this isn’t surprising. Even though it was first played in South Africa three years ago, in Johannesburg, footgolf clubs have sprung up on different courses that were once meant for golf only. Players come in from time to time to compete and relax while watching the game.
In addition, footgolf isn’t difficult to play. Speaking about how easy it is to get into the sport, president and founder of Footgolf South Africa, Arthur Baptista, said to CGTN Africa:
“The difficulty depends on your ability to kick. So, if you can kick a ball, the sport’s not difficult at all. If you haven’t got a football background, yeah, it can be a little bit tough, but once you get into it, it’s quite enjoyable, and it becomes quite easy.”
So, if you’re one of those who don’t like running around, sweating and panting in the name of football, you might have to settle for this. In addition to the guarantee of not being threatened by football boots (they’re forbidden in the sport), footgolf has its own world cup. Two editions have already been played in Hungary in 2012 and Argentina in 2016, and FIFG is working to put the sport in the Olympics anytime soon.