FootGolf comes to Nebraska

By: Lauren Fabrizi

A fairly new sport called FootGolf that combines soccer and golf has officially made its way to the Cornhusker State.

“We wanted to be really the first out of the box state of Nebraska to offer this,” Chris Thompson, the PGA Director of Golf at Wilderness Ridge, said. “Really the sky’s the limit here, you can have families, kids, parties.”

Right now, the golf course at Wilderness Ridge is the only accredited American FootGolf League facility in Nebraska.

All the same rules of golf apply to FootGolf, except one kicks a soccer ball nine holes instead of putting a golf ball. The hole is a lot bigger to accommodate the size of a soccer ball. But it’s the same proportion a golf ball is to a regular-sized hole.

Saturday was the first day people could play at the course. The Lincoln Southwest Soccer state champions were there for the first official “kick off.”

“It’s just like a whole new aspect of playing soccer and golf combined,” player Matt Himilton said.

“It’s been on Twitter, there’s been pictures of it,” player Max Hoobler added. “We all thought it’d be cool to try, and now we can.”

A few groups of people also came to test it out, like Becky Steinehagen, her dad and some friends. They were decked out in argyle socks, which is the official uniform.

“Golf can be a little bit intense maybe if you’re playing with people who are really good if you’re not an expert at it,” Steinehagen said. “It’s nice to be able to come out and do something that’s a little more lighthearted.”

Wilderness Ridge golf course is open for FootGolf Tues/Thurs 1-3 p.m. and Sat/Sun 3-5 p.m. Call (402) 424-5106 in advance to make a kick off time. There’s also a league Thursday nights. You can sign up at Captain Jack’s bar.