BREC opens FootGolf course near Baker _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Roger Celaya tees off on the 4th Hole while playing a round of footgolf, a hybrid blend of golf and soccer, May 20 at BREC's City Park Golf Course. Coaches and players from Baton Rouge Soccer Club played the round to introduce the sport.

BREC officially opened two FootGolf courses Saturday — City Park Golf Course, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, and J.S. Clark Golf Course, 2301 Thomas Road, near Baker.

FootGolf is a combination of golf and soccer, requiring players to get a soccer ball from the marked teeing ground into the specialty FootGolf hole with the lowest number of kicks possible, a BREC news release said.

All the obstacles of a traditional golf course remain, with each hole having a listed par. The winner is the player completing the prescribed rounds with the lowest number of kicks, BREC officials said.

FootGolf is played on holes shorter than those used for golf, with a course averaging 150 yards per hole. Pars are typically five or below, and, compared to golf, FootGolf is quicker to play, more accessible to players and doesn’t require expensive equipment, BREC officials said.

The introduction of FootGolf at BREC promises to add an exciting new element to the golf course experience, BREC Golf Director Mike Raby said.

“Anything we can do to drive new interest in golf-related sports on our property is key to our continued success. We’re excited to introduce this new sport to our parish and are proud to have FootGolf call BREC its Baton Rouge home,” said Raby.

The two FootGolf courses are open weekdays from 7 a.m. to sunset and weekends from 11 a.m. to sunset. Players can make walk-up tee times but are encouraged to book a tee time in advance by calling the individual course.

Green fees are $10 per round on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Discounted green fees of $8 for juniors (17 and younger) and seniors (55 and older) are available at both courses. Players can bring their own soccer balls (size 5), but balls may be rented at the golf pro shops for an additional $3.

The American FootGolf League reports there are 387 courses in 46 states. The Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans houses the only other course in Louisiana.

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