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Kiskiack Golf Club is looking to break into an untapped market in the Historic Triangle with its newest addition: footgolf.
A variation of the traditional game of golf, footgolf is played with a soccer ball and larger cups that are 21-inches in diameter. The objective of the game remains the same as golf, with the player trying to get the ball into the hole in as few shots as possible.
With only 10 American Footgolf League sanctioned courses in Virginia – the nearest two courses are located just west of Richmond – Kiskiack’s course offers up a unique sporting experience for locals.
“We decided to do it because of the big soccer following in Williamsburg,” said Nick Zanca, director of operations for Kiskiack Golf Club. “The reception has been pretty good.”
The footgolf course opened at Kiskiack in April, one of the course’s slower months according to Zanca, as a way to acclimate traditional golfers with some of the new players out on the course.
For now, Kiskiack’s footgolf course is operational on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays after 3 p.m. However, that plan could change as the sport and course draws more attention.
A round of footgolf costs $15 if the player plans to walk the course and $21 for the use of a cart. Kiskiack also rents soccer balls to players for $3.
Soon after the footgolf course officially opened April 5, soccer players from Christopher Newport University made the short trek up to York County to try the course. Since then, some of the biggest participants in footgolf have been local soccer teams.
Brian Sorrell, the head coach of Lafayette’s boys soccer team, introduced his team to footgolf and has been putting together team outings all season.
As many as 20 Lafayette soccer players have shown up for Sorrell’s optional footgolf rounds.
“It’s good to see the camaraderie there and some smack-talking, as well,” Sorrell said about Lafayette’s footgolf outings. “It’s very competitive. They all want to play and they want to know who won the round.”
Sorrell, who also plays traditional golf, said footgolf has many similarities to regular golf, with the most successful players being able to hit long drives and line up difficult putts.
The holes in footgolf are not nearly as long as holes in regular golf, with 18 holes of footgolf fitting on the front nine holes at Kiskiack.
While distances for each hole vary, Zanca said the traditional par 3 is around 100 yards, a par 4 is roughly 150 yards and a par 5 is about 200 yards. The holes for footgolf are located on the fairways or in the rough, while the greens about the size of a teebox.
And while the distances may be shorter than traditional golf, both Zanca and Sorrell attested to the difficulty of the course.
“If you’re trying to shoot for pars on the holes, it can be tricky,” Zanca said.
Sorrell echoed Zanca’s sentiments about the difficulty, saying putting in footgolf takes a “delicate touch” or the ball will “go screaming past the hole.”