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FOOT GOLF

Foot GolfThere is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. The only place to play it in West Virginia is at Pipestem Resort State Park. FootGolf is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules are basically the rules of golf except that players use their feet instead of clubs.

Pipestem's Par 3 golf course is used for the FootGolf course site. FootGolf may be played after 4 p.m. Saturdays and after 2 p.m. the other days of the week when traditional golf play typically is light. Players may bring their own #5 soccer ball. Rentals are available at the pro shop. The attire is standard golf apparel which includes a collared shirt.

The Par 3 course is typically a par 27 for 9-hole play for the game of golf. FootGolf is a par 35 for nine holes. FootGolf players share the course with traditional golf play.

Players may wear tennis shoes or indoor turf shoes, but metal or soccer cleats are not allowed on the course. There is a scorecard, and yes, cart rental for FootGolf is possible, "but it tends to defeat the purpose because the game is about the feet."

The course is designed with good variety, from tightly wooded, technical fairways to long, open holes. Shortest hole is 155', longest hole is 405'. Pipestem Disc Golf course is 18 holes and was constructed in 2012. The course is a Par 62 and is 3900-4761' in total length, in moderately hilly and moderately wooded terrain. The play fee. Click Operation Hours for times and rates.  Fee is nominal.

ABOUT FootGolf

FootGolf is a game played throughout the world in many different forms, but as a sport, it is regulated by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG). The American FootGolf League (AFGL) is the exclusive member of the FIFG and governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the United States. The AFGL is organizing tournaments throughout the country, working with golf courses to bring FootGolf to their clubs as another avenue for revenue and to develop the game further.

FOOTGOLF BASIC RULES

  1. Your ball must be easy to identify.
  2. Review the scorecard and wait your turn. Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players.
  3. Kick off your ball from a position up to two meters behind the tee markers.
  4. The ball must be played in a single movement. You are not allowed to push the ball with the top or bottom of your foot. Your foot should be set separate from the ball, clearly behind, before each kick.
  5. Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling with the wind.
  6. Play the ball from where it lies. You are not allowed to move the ball or remove jammed objects. Exception: You may mark the spot and lift the ball when it may obstruct the other player's kick or ball in any way.
  7. The player farthest form the hole is the first to kick the ball.
  8. The order of play is established based on the score of the previous hole. The player with the best score will kick off first on the next hole followed by the second, etc.
  9. If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within two steps from the closest land point from where the ball entered the hazard (annotated by red line), receiving a one strike penalty or you can place the ball at the position of the previous kick and receive one stroke penalty.
  10. Out of bounds markers are annotated with white stakes. Place the ball within two steps from where the ball crossed between the white stakes receiving a one stroke penalty.
  11. Collared shirt, golf shorts or knickers; argyle socks and/or cheese cutter or flat cap, optional.

PIPESTEM FOOTGOLF RULES

  1. No soccer cleats allowed. Turf shoes, athletic shoes or indoor shoes recommended.
  2. Please see map for routing of each hole. Play begins at #1 footgolf tee.
  3. The pace of Play Standard for Golfers and Footgolfers is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please make sure to keep up with the group in front of you. Groups falling behind our pace of play standard will be moved forward to recapture their position on the course.
  4. Rake sand traps.
  5. Please respect the golfers and observe proper footgolf etiquette.
  6. Scorecards are available at the pro shop.
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