Footgolf is amongst the country’s fastest growing sports, with the UK governments recent adjustment of lockdown conditions that now allows groups of four persons to play foot golf from four separate households.
Footgolf can be played while maintaining social distancing protocols so Myself (Daniel) and three of the team building experiences team took to our local foot golf course located on the outskirts of Oxford at the Hinksey Heights Footgolf course.
We booked a round using Foot Golf UK which provided a simple booking service. We then took the Friday afternoon out of the office as the sun was due to come out after a morning of rain. Those looking to play should be aware the clubhouses are shut, apart from access to toilets. Shoes should be put on in the car or beforehand. Tee-times must be booked in advance.
During the event
Overlooking Oxford the foot golf course provides a relaxed and friendly feel on arrival as we pick up our balls to begin our round from the new clubhouse area.
The course is surprisingly packed with many adults and children alike in groups of three’s and four’s working their way through eighteen holes of footgolf.
The first holes fairway is in good condition despite the lockdown, however as we soon find out the rough is knee height and with he first hole sloping to the left we all end up trying to sand wedge the balls back on to the fairway after the first kick. Finishing the first hole the average between us was seven shots, we learn to play this course you need to keep the ball on the fairway.
The sun comes out and we thoroughly enjoy the next seventeen holes while having a good laugh albeit maintaining the required social distance. The course is challenging and has many hills including navigating up and down essentially a steep embankment for two holes which we really enjoyed.
The finale came with a 200 yard eighteenth, with the scores fairly tight this par 5 proved a controversial hole as I ended in the rough twice causing the lead to slip from my grasp. Overall the winner Adam finished seven over par with myself two shots behind him.
Footgolf really is a great sport and ideal for a socially distanced team event, the game can be very testing at times, making it a must-try for all lovers and non lovers of either football or golf.
Being outside with the team, having a chat, making jokes and simply enjoying a round of footgolf is a pleasant experience, the team thoroughly enjoyed their round and all vowed to play again outside of office hours.
At Team Building Experiences we offer some fantastic footgolf events for small and large groups with tournament experiences for groups of between 8 and 100+ participants with extras including medals and trophy ceremonies, food and drink packages and event coordinators that will manage the event from start to finish.