BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Delaware Park was the birthplace of golf in Western New York more than 120 years ago, and now it’s the birthplace of another new sport. Earlier this spring, the grounds crews installed 21-inch holes on the existing golf course to accommodate people who want to play “foot golf,” a new sport that involves kicking a soccer ball from the tee to the green.
The sport came to the U.S. in 2011, and started in Europe before that. Buffalo Olmsted Parks Golf Course Manager Dave Hoover was approached by the Buffalo Soccer Council last year to see if he had interest in bringing it to Delaware Park.
“Soccer is such a growing sport,” Hoover told News 4. “We thought we would get some soccer players on a golf course, and then they also may decide they want to try golf if they’ve never golfed before.”
The holes are only located on the back nine, but there are eighteen altogether. It takes about an hour and forty-five minutes to play 18 holes of foot golf, less than half the average time for a full round of traditional golf. Golf attire is encouraged but not required.
“You’re out on the golf course, you want to dress like a golfer,” Brandon Chiarmonte of the Buffalo Soccer Council explained. “Have fun with it and enjoy the game. You don’t have to dress like this, but for tournament play and it’s sort of how they want to do it.”
For more information about how to try foot golf at Delaware Park, click on this link.