Pierce County now offers FootGolf at Fort Steilacoom Park

Pierce County officials debuted the new sport of FootGolf at a noon ceremony on Fri., July 18, at Fort Steilacoom Park.

FootGolf is similar to golf, but is played on a golf course with a soccer ball, 18 shorter holes, 21-inch diameter cups and players kick the ball instead of using clubs. Participants play with a soccer ball on a golf course with a tee box, fairways, hazards, and a score card. The goal is to get the ball in the hole with the least amount of kicks possible. FootGolf courses are springing up all around the country at the rate of about one per week, according to Pierce County officials.

“The similarities between real golf and FootGolf are numerous, but FootGolf plays faster, easier and appeals to a wider demographic of people,” said Mike Fosnick, general manager at the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course.

Fosnick added that while FootGolfers and traditional golfers will share the same tees and fairways, the 18 holes for FootGolf are adjacent to the greens traditional golfers use. The course will open for FootGolfers at 11 a.m. each day after the early wave of regular golfers have finished. After 11 a.m., golfers and FootGolfers will play the rest of the day on a first come, first served basis. Fosnick added the intermingling of two types of players and the way the course is laid out should have minimal impact on either game.

More information is available online here.