UPDATE: We’ve been contacted by Arnold Palmer Golf Management to let us know that this experience is not yet fully approved by Disney, and that the test and adjust period is open to Cast Members only. Please do not call to book your own FootGolf experience until the official opening.
FootGolf. It really is as straightforward as it sounds and for the first time ever, you’ll be able to play FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail golf course. The 18-Hole FootGolf course is certified by AFGL, the governing body for the sport of FootGolf in the US. Setting up your tee time for 18 holes of FootGolf can be done by booking in front of or behind those playing 9 holes of traditional golf. If you’re playing in groups of 4, FootGolf should take an estimated 2 hours and 15 minutes, similar to that of traditional golf.
Disney’s Oak Trail Par 69 golf course measuring at 2,438 yards is nothing to sneeze at. If you’re wanting a challenge for this peculiar game, there’s a selection of par 3’s, 4’s, 5’s. The Blue pin flags represent traditional golf, while the Orange pin flag will pave the way for FootGolf. This game is not only for the seasoned adults, whether you’re young or old, the entire family can make a day of playing FootGolf!
FootGolf shares similarities to the traditional game of golf, such as rules, hazards and course characteristics. It’s a combination of golf and soccer, in terms of being a precision sport, but with closer relation to golf. To play, players kick a regulation #5 soccer ball on a golf course facility with shortened length holes and 21 inch diameter cups in the least amount of shots as possible. The uniform is relatable to tradition golf, with golf apparel and the sometimes (but not necessary) knee length argyle socks and flat caps, but with the difference of indoor or turf soccer shoes or running shoes. This game requires minimal experience, as long as you can kick a soccer ball, you are eligible to join a game of FootGolf.
According to the web page:
If you’re a Cast Member, Disney’s Oak Trail will be having a test-and-adjust opportunity for you. At Walt Disney World Resort from February 8th – 21st, tee times will be available for you from 11AM – 4PM to test out this exciting new game. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis and can be found here.
Cast Members can register for themselves and up to one guest for a party size totaling 2. The guest does not have to be a Cast Member.
Registered Cast Members must present official ID when checking in for game.
Cast Member and their guest are able to pair up with another team, totaling the player count to a party size of four.
After the game, Cast Members will be e-mailed a survey and are asked to answer honestly, as this helps improve the game of FootGolf when it’s released to the public. Being that is a test event for Cast Members, please keep in mind that there could be delays or cancellations and they ask for your patience during the valuable test-and-adjust period of FootGolf.
Walt Disney World Golf is operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and the course is also part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, so while you’re walking the course of 18 holes, you may be joined in your game by turkeys, hawks, armadillos or even deer, as Central Florida’s Wildlife is protected and part of the balance between economic development and flourishing wildlife habitat.
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