‘FootGolf’ to Debut at L.C. Boles Memorial Course this Weekend

New game provides more access and increased revenue opportunities

16 April, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — If you've ever surreptitiously kicked your golf ball out of the rough and onto the fairway in pursuit of a better lie, take heart; there's a new game in town, and it just might be a better fit for your skill set.

This weekend, The College of Wooster's L.C. Boles Memorial Golf Course will introduce "FootGolf," an increasingly popular but vastly different form of the traditional game.

"It's a game that anyone can play," said Chuck Wagers, director of campus dining and conference services. "All you need is a soccer ball."

Wagers believes that the game will catch on quickly, in part because of the popularity of soccer on campus and in the community. In fact, the new endeavor will "kick off" with varsity soccer players from the College and Wooster High School participating in the first rounds this Saturday (April 18).

Traditional golfers need not despair; the course will remain open and intact. The difference is that tee boxes and 21-inch holes will be placed at various locations so as not to interfere with the traditional tees and greens.

The idea for the new venture was introduced by Wagers after he stumbled across a YouTube video last fall and shared it with Beau Mastrine, director of campus grounds. The two quickly agreed that the new form of the old game would offer a unique type of recreation for members of the community and provide increased revenue for the golf course.

Since 2006, 640 courses have closed nationwide. Wagers said that the addition of footgolf in Wooster would preserve the original game while offering a new option for those who don't play the traditional version (and even those who do).

Another attraction is that no experience is necessary, and no costly investment in clubs is required. Participants play in traditional tennis shoes, not soccer spikes. In addition, footgolf moves along at a faster past than traditional golf with a typical round taking about 90 minutes as opposed to 2-2¼ hours.

Greens fees are the same for footgolf and traditional golf: $11 for nine holes if you walk; $18 if you take a cart. Junior participants can play a walking round for just $7. For those who want to jump in with both feet, argyle socks and flat caps will be on sale at the golf house beginning this weekend.

College employees and their families are invited to sample the sport with a free round on April 25. Community members are invited to the grand opening with a buy-one, get-one free round on May 3.

Additional information is available on the L.C. Boles Facebook page or by calling 330-263-2316.