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Friday, July 7, 2017

Local Courses Host Footgolf Tour

Teams from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey participated in the second stage of the 2017 BeastCoast Footgolf Tour on June 24 and 25 hosted by the Atlantic County Green Tree Golf Course in Egg Harbor Township and Brigantine Golf Links in Brigantine, both managed by the Atlantic County Improvement Authority.

Footgolf is a relatively new precision sport, closely related to golf, where players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. Because soccer balls travel less distance than golf balls, footgolf is played on holes shorter than those used for golf.

The first shot is played from the tee box. To reach the hole, bunkers, trees, water and hills have to be avoided or crossed. A powerful shot may be useful, but not particularly decisive. Like golf, accurate “putting” is even more important, and the first player with the fewest shots over 18 holes wins.

“Footgolf is a great group activity. We have hosted birthday parties, youth groups, celebrations and more,” explained John C. Hammer, PGA Certified Professional and ACIA Director of Golf Course Operations.

Footgolf is played with a regulation no. 5 soccer ball which may be rented for $3. Player fees range from $12 - $35 per person depending on day and time.

To reserve a tee time, please call (609) 625-9131 for Green Tree and (609) 266-1388 for Brigantine Golf Links.

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