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Sunbury kicks off new era with FootGolf

Centre is the third Crown venue to build course

CROWN GOLF is urging more of its clubs to adopt FootGolf after Sunbury Golf Centre became the third venue in the group to embrace the fast-growing sport.

The centre, which is located to the west of London, has created a permanent, full length 18-hole FootGolf course around its existing nine-hole short course, making it the first of its kind in the area.

A hybrid of football and golf, it involves size five footballs and 21-inch cups replacing normal golf balls and holes. Just as in golf, players attempt to get the ball into the hole in as few shots as possible but, unlike golf, the human body provides the only permissible equipment: namely, your feet.


“FootGolf attracts football and general sports lovers to a golf club, and I have yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy themselves,” said Rob Climas, director of operations for Crown Golf.

“FootGolf is the best variation of golf I have ever seen. It has proven highly popular already at two of our other facilities: Addington Court Golf Centre near Croydon, and at South Essex Golf Centre near Brentwood. Golf needs to attract new faces, and FootGolf brings a new type of person to our clubs. Some of them will go on to try ‘normal’ golf, and some will remain purely FootGolf customers, but they are all welcome.

“We see FootGolf as a key factor, predominantly at our pay-and-play clubs, going forwards.”


Sunbury Golf Centre’s Karl Hodge added: “Hundreds have already played our new FootGolf course in its first month. FootGolf is growing fast across the UK, and no wonder - it is ridiculously good fun, anyone can play it, and you can wear what you like.

“It generally takes just over an hour, and anyone who can kick a ball - including toddlers - is welcome to come and have a game. It’s especially good for families and groups of friends.”

Mike Connor, president of the UK FootGolf Association, said: “We’re delighted that Sunbury is the latest golf centre to embrace our sport. It means that FootGolf is now available to a very large new catchment area west of London.”

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