Area to host UK’s first FootGolf event

Mike O'Connor taking part in the new sport of Foot Golf'PA1229-3
Mike O'Connor taking part in the new sport of Foot Golf'PA1229-3

SEWERBY Hall and Gardens will host the country’s first FootGolf competition this month.

Organised by the UK FootGolf Association the event will take place on Sunday, September 16.

There will be three separate competitions on the day. The first is a team competition, the second is for individual players, and the third is for juniors.

Time will also be allocated for people who just want to play for fun.

Mike O’Connor, from Bridlington, is part of the UK FootGolf Association.

He recently travelled to America to represent Great Britain and is spearheading attempts to make the sport more mainstream.

He said: “The course will be open to all ages and abilities so bring the family and just enjoy the game.

“There has been major interest from people in and around the local area, so we do advise that people wanting to take part should book in advance to avoid any disappointment.”

FootGolf is already played in various countries around the world, with the first tournaments being played in the Netherlands in 2009.

Similar to golf, the intent is to introduce a football into a hole with the foot, in the least amount of strokes possible.

The field may be a golf course or similar surface, but the distance between the tee and the hole is flexible and may be adapted proportionally based on the full playing area.

O’Connor added: “FootGolf is a very addictive sport that combines the best of popular sports like football with an elite sport like golf. The beauty of this game consists in being able to strategically combine power and precision to achieve the goal.”

The existing nine-hole golf course at Sewerby Hall and Gardens will be modified for this historic event and the tournament will be open to all comers.

For more details on entering this competition visit or call 0800 6899552. The cost is £5 per player.

Admission charges to Sewerby Hall and Gardens apply. Adults £4.70, over 60s £3.90, children (three-15) £2.70 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £14.