This past Saturday, we were invited to assist with the Test and Adjust portion of the FootGolf course being added to the Oak Trail Golf Course at Walt Disney World.
FootGolf is a very interesting take on the golf, while still using much of the existing course structure. While Oak Trail is a 9 hole golf course, there are 18 holes of FootGolf mixed into the fairways. For the most part, each golf hole has two FootGolf holes. We experienced everything the traditional golfer would: sand traps, water hazards, kicking into the woods, and the wild life.
To get started, we checked-in at the Club House with the Cast Members. We received receipts to hand to the next Cast Member at Oak Trail’s starting point, just a short walk to the north. All of the Cast were extremely interested and thrilled we were checking out their new offering, giving us insight on the course and what to expect. We signed-out two regulation #5 soccer balls and we were on our way to the first tee.
The tees along the course are intertwined with the golf teeing areas, making for combined play. The FootGolf official website says that FootGolf and regular golf can be played in harmony, and we agree. The golfers on the course didn’t mind our presence, in fact they were intrigued by our play and were asking numerous questions. There wasn’t a single person who appeared upset about the additional people on the course.
The holes range from under 100 yards to nearing 200, pars as low as 3 and as high as 5. We felt the par 3 holes were the most difficult being a perfect first kick was needed to get close enough to make par. The holes with a par 5 included LONG straightaways down the golf course greens making for some exciting play when the soccer ball rolled along blissfully.
We don’t have many complaints about the course, especially for our first time attempting this sport. There were numerous sand traps we got caught in, which were easy enough to get out of but we feel that the golfers may have something to say about the larger path that the soccer balls take in the fine sand. Additionally we noted at least 2 water hazards, including one that we kicked a ball into. The first water hazard had a large pool skimmer on the side to assist with retrieving the ball, however the second hazard did not. This is where we hit the water and fortunately the wind brought the ball to the side.
Overall, we feel the FootGolf addition is a really unique offering that should attract a much broader clientele. We feel that golf is fine in itself, however lugging around a bag of golf clubs all afternoon doesn’t sound appealing in the Florida sun. Kicking around a soccer ball definitely worked up a sweat, but not having to carry an arsenal helps ease the pain. The Cast aren’t sure what the end result pricing will be, but we anticipate somewhere in the $20/person price range. Tee times are appearing for late February with $10, but we were told that was subject to change. If the price were to land in the $20 range that would put it just above the mini golf cost on property, and we feel that’s perfect. You’ll be able to book tee times soon, bring a strong kick and a water bottle, because you’re going to need it.