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What is the American FootGolf League?

With the emergence of many niche sports across the United States, FootGolf continues to be an undervalued avenue for proper football players and golfers alike.

The American FootGolf League was founded back in 2011 by Roberto Balestrini and over a decade later the sport has become more relevant across the U.S. with over 250 courses nationwide.

Each year, thousands of players – both casually and competitively – take to fairways to kick a football into an oversized cup and with the 2022 AFGL season underway it feels like the perfect time to answer some questions about the U.S.’ leading FootGolf organization.

What is the American FootGolf League?

The organization oversees FootGolf in the United States and helps sanction competitive tournaments across the country.

AFGL helps bring new courses into the sport, as well as organize competitions both at the professional and amateur levels.

The AFGL is a member of the global FootGolf governing body Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG), which features many other countries around the world.

What is the AFGL Tour?

The AFGL Tour runs annually from January through December and players have the chance to gain points based on placements at each competition.

The tour runs similarly to tennis in that each tournament varies in points and difficulty.

Local FootGolf tournaments typically start at 100 points, while major competitions are valued at 250, 500 and 1000 points each depending on the size of the tournament field.

Top finishers on the AFGL Tour have the opportunity to represent the U.S. in various international competitions, including the Jansen Cup – similar set up to golf’s Ryder Cup – and the World Cup.

The next edition of the FootGolf World Cup will be played in Orlando, FL in June 2023.

How Can I Join AFGL?

AFGL is always accepting new players, both at the professional and amateur levels.

Most professional tournaments in the U.S. have over 50 players competing from all across the nation.

Tournaments are played in California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee and other states.

For more information of registering for the AFGL Tour, please visit the organization’s official website.

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Best FootGolf Courses in the United States

FootGolf continues to grow in popularity across the world for a sport that combines the mental and technical aspect of golf with the competitiveness of football.

In the United States, FootGolf has found a home with over 250 courses around the country.

That includes at least one course in every state and players based in many regions of the U.S., including heavy concentrations in the California, Florida, Maryland and Michigan.

ONE37pm decided to look at some of the top FootGolf destinations in the United States.

Reunion Resort – Kissimmee, FL

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Reunion Resort has hosted the FootGolf U.S. Open on several occasions and this course is simply one of the best in the United States. The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and features significant undulation and wide fairways.

Crystal Spring Resort (Cascades Course) – Hamburg, NJ

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Crystal Springs Resort sits in the mountains of northern New Jersey and it’s home to the best FootGolf course in the Northeast. The course has one of the longest Par 5s in the U.S. at over 400 yards and also features the renowned seventh hole, notorious for players getting a Hole-in-One.

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center – Plymouth, MI

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Fox Hills is arguably the best FootGolf course in the country due to its design. The Michigan-based course allows footgolfers to play on the golf greens and that requires a much higher level of play as the ball moves significantly faster. Fox Hills is just 30 minutes outside of Detroit and a must-visit destination for any footgolfer.

Desert Willow Golf Resort – Palm Desert, CA

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Desert Willow is one of many courses in California, but it’s been host of various major tournaments including the U.S. FootGolf Open. It’s known for being one of the more challenging courses in the country due to its extreme length and fast-paced fairways that make players rely on their precision.

Brazell’s Creek Golf Course – Reidsville, GA

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Brazell’s Creek has hosted the U.S. National Championship over recent years and despite being in the middle of Georgia it’s a big destination because it offers two distinctly different courses. Both are relatively long in distance and quite challenging because of the hole locations.

Seven Springs Golf and Country Club – New Port Richey, FL

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Seven Springs features one of the most unique courses in FootGolf. Just north of Tampa, the course has a lot of out of bounds areas, which makes for players needing to be precise on many shots. Meanwhile, there’s various creeks and bodies of water that come into play and overall it’s a top destination for players that are heavily involved.

Memphis FootGolf – Cordova, TN

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Memphis is one of two FootGolf-specific courses in the U.S., which makes it an awesome spot for players that love the sport. It has hosted several large events over the years and the presence of FootGolf will continue to grow around Memphis.

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What is FootGolf?

What do you get when you mix two of the world’s most-played sports? Well, FootGolf was created to combine the thrills of kicking a football (soccer ball) and players having to use precision and control by directing it into a much larger golf hole. 

FootGolf combines a lot of the same facets of traditional golf, including starting every hole with a tee shot from a designated area, while many courses have bunkers and bodies of water in play.

The concept dates back to the 1920s when it was originally referred to as codeball in the U.S., but after a long absence of a presence it’s beginning to make its rounds in one of the biggest countries in the world.

The sports landscape in the United States continues to be dominated by NFL football, basketball and baseball, but emerging sports like FootGolf have begun to make a dent in American and international popularity with the rise of social media.

Spikeball became significantly popular after a steady marketing campaign that featured an appearance on Shark Tank, while other backyard sports like cornhole have garnered massive attention through ESPN broadcasts.

That’s why FootGolf has a real opportunity to become a more common activity for both communities that enjoy football and golf.

How is FootGolf Played?

In a lot of ways, FootGolf is more convenient than traditional golf because all it requires is a football (soccer ball) and a pair of shoes or turf cleats.

Players should also wear a polo shirt, golf shorts and football socks as part of the proper dress etiquette for competitions.

To accommodate for the size of a normal size 5 football, FootGolf cups are typically 50 centimeters in diameter.

Just like golf, footgolfers are competing against each other to receive the lowest score against par. Many courses are 18 holes and have standard par 72 designs.

Each course sets its own pars, with Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 the different types of holes courses offer based on distance and difficulty.

Par 3’s typically range from 120 yards and under. Par 4’s are somewhere from 120 to 220 yards, while Par 5’s are normally above the 220 yard range.

All global rules for the sport are determined by the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG), while in the United States, the American FootGolf League (AFGL) oversees everything involving the sport.

Where Can I Play FootGolf?

As things stand, there are over 250 FootGolf courses in all 50 U.S. states, as well as a strong presence of the sport in the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Mexico and Argentina.

The AFGL website also features a course locator where players can search for courses across the U.S.

Best U.S. FootGolf Destinations

Reunion Resort – Kissimmee, FL

Crystal Spring Resort (Cascades Course) – Hamburg, NJ

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center – Plymouth, MI

Desert Willow Golf Resort – Palm Desert, CA

Brazell’s Creek Golf Course – Reidsville, GA

Canyon Mesa Country Club – Sedona, AZ

Seven Springs Golf and Country Club – New Port Richey, FL

Memphis FootGolf – Cordova, TN

Is There a Professional League?

Yes, the American FootGolf League hosts tournaments across the United States each year in a variety of regions.

The 2022 AFGL Tour begins in March and runs through October, with stops in 12 different cities, including Disney’s Palm Course in Orlando, FL.

Players receive ranking points similar to tennis or golf based on their finishing position in competitions and can be eligible for other national and international tournaments like the FootGolf World Cup.

The fourth edition of the World Cup will be in 2023 in Orlando, with the competition previously taking place in Morocco (2018), Argentina (2016) and Hungary (2012).

For more information on how you can get involved with the AFGL, please visit their official website for details.