MLFG

National Foot Golf Association
Est. 2018

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If a Clancy goes walking through the woods with a ball, does anyone hear him?...

Q: What do I wear?

A:  Soccer or Golf gear or a combination of both.  Pants, shorts, skirts for bottoms. Polo, jersey, t-shirt, or long sleeves for top.  No tank tops or cutoffs.  Festive and fun is encouraged, just "keep it classy, San  Diego."  Turf shoes, sneakers, or running shoes.  Absolutely NO CLEATS as it can ruin the course. 

Q: Do I bring my own Soccer Ball?

A:  Recommended, but you can rent or buy a ball at the course if supplies last.  A cool bonus is if you buy or use an OFFICIAL NFGA branded soccer ball, your team gets 1 mulligan at every NFGA event!   Boom!

Q: Is Alcohol and Music allowed on course?

A:  Umm.. YES!  Keep music levels reasonable, not too vulgar, and don't get wasted.  No consumption by or sharing with minors AT ALL.  If caught doing so, team(s) will all be disqualified with a red card and must leave the course.  Remember this is a fun environment with friendly competition and meeting new people in a golf course environment.

Q: What happens if it rains and are there Refunds?

A:  If its a light drizzle, game on!  If cancelled by weather, entry ticket cost will be refunded.  Rain-out declaration will be posted online a few hours before start time.

Q: What's the advantage of a co-ed team?

A:  Guys tee off from the Men's tee and girls from the women's tee.  If there is no women's tee present, a girl player may start 10 yards closer towards the hole from the Men's tee.  Since a team chooses the best ball on each shot, that can be the difference!  My girl tee's off from the Men's tees and beats me so its the ultimate in gender sports equality if Men and Women choose to start from the same spot...


Factoid: Our first beta season had 3 (three) all men and 4 (four) co-ed teams and the 1st and 2nd place teams were both co-ed!

Q: What are the general rules of footgolf?

A:  Rules?!...WHAT rules!? -lol.  But seriously its basically golf with a soccer ball and common sense and courtesy.  Click here for general rules.

Amateur vs pro player

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Q: Whats the difference between an Amateur & "Pro"

Experience.   A "pro" usually plays regularly and/or has played 20+ times and/or has played for large cash prizes, or has been paid to play.  It's generally a self proclaimed title based on skill level.  

Q: What's the advantage to playing as a "Pro"?

Q:  Money And Bragging Rights!  A major benefit to playing in an NFGA tournament as a "Pro" is a substantially larger prize purse.  Example:  If, Shankapotamos Sally wins the MEGABOWL as an Amateur, she wins a $100 purse.  Yet if, Putt Master Professional Paul wins, his prize purse is $300!  There is still only 1 tournament Champion, they are just prized out according to their designation.

Q: What's the disadvantage to playing as a "Pro"?

A:  Since a "Pro" is so much better than an Amateur, and gets a much higher Cash purse, they add +2 strokes to their total score for the opening round.  An example  would be an Amateur shooting a natural +4 as their final score and a "Pro" shooting a natural +1, who would then add +2, giving him a final score of +3.  So the final scores would be +4 ( the Amateur)  & +3 (the "Pro") with the "Pro" still prevailing over the Amateur.  If you're a "Pro", then prove it!

Q: Is there a weekly "Pro" League?

A:  The NFGA has completed 2 summer leagues; one in 2018 and one in 2019 and 2 tournaments.  Plans for a professional team league is in the works as popularity and the potential for corporate sponsorship's continue to grow!  If you want to be a part of making it happen, we WANT YOU!  So please shoot us an email or call us and let's make it happen together.  In a T.E.A.M.- Together Everyone Achieves More.

Basic Rules of NFGA footgolf

How to Win

Foot + Golf = FootGolf; also described as "Soccer Golf".  Simply, its golf using a soccer ball and large 21" cups with similar rules.  As with regular golf using "strokes",  to win in footgolf, you want to get the soccer ball into the hole  with fewer kicks or "strokes" than your opponent(s).


In head-to-head play (much more fun), 2 teams or individuals play  to win as many "holes" or "goals" as possible.  An example is if, Two Footed Freddy get a lower score on 5 holes, and Aunt Jerri Jemima gets a lower score on 7 holes, and they tie the rest, the final score is 7 - 5 with Freddy buying the beer and, Aunt J. Jemima celebrating on a tower on pancakes. --- DELICIOUS!


Usually an NFGA tournament format is broken up into an opening round of 9 or 10 holes in stroke play style to get the top (final) 4 playoff teams.  In playoffs, the teams  are put into march madness style brackets, and play 3-hole head-to-head matches.  A semi-final of the #1 seed vs #4 seed and the #2 seed vs the #3 seed.  The winners of each semi-final, play each other in a 3-hole head to head Final!


In the event of a tie after a head-to-head tournament match,  a  1 hole putt-off will ensue .  All teammates kick from an agreed upon long putt position and the team who's ball is closest, wins the match.  This process is repeated if necessary until a victor has been crowned.



Rules of Play:

  1. To start ("tee off"), you may kick your ball from a position up to two yards behind the tee markers at the designated teeing area.  If there are no clear markers, agree on a spot to start from.  Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players or golfers.
  2. The ball must be played in a single movement. It's not allowed to push the ball with the top of your foot to "lift" it or bottom of your foot to "roll" it with elongated contact with the ball.  But a backwards heel kick is pretty dope!
  3. Wait to play your next shot until your ball has come to rest fully.  However your group can agree to all kick at the same time or staggered to quicken the pace of play.  It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling from the wind.  
  4. Play the ball where it lies as in golf. You are not allowed to  remove jammed objects. or the ball.  Exception; you may mark the spot and temporarily move the ball when it may obstruct another player’s kick or ball in any way.  Ball to be returned when it is no longer in the way.  A good ball marker is the NFGA poker chip.
  5. Do not kick a ball from the golf greens. If the ball comes to rest on a golf green, move it to the nearest spot off the green to kick.  No penalty.
  6. Water hazard: If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve or replace it within 2 steps (or where safest) from the closest land point from where the ball entered the hazard (which may be defined by stakes). Receive a one-stroke penalty.  Or you may chose to re-do the kick from the balls' previous position and receive a one-stroke penalty.
  7. Sand hazard / trap:  If the ball lands in a sand trap or hazard, player should walk to the ball taking the shortest route.  No practice swings allowed (as with golf) and please rake your footsteps upon leaving hazard (as with golf).


Scramble Format:  If you've ever played in a charity golf tournament, you know what "scramble" style is.  As a 2-person team, each teammate kicks their own ball.  The team can then choose to move their ball and make their next kick from the better placed ball.   So if one person shanks it into the water and the other hits the middle of the fairway, both players can take their next kicks from the fairway without penalty as if the water ball never happened.  This is repeated throughout every kick until ont of the teams' ball goes into the cup.


Combo Carom Shot:  A unique twist due to playing as a team.  If a player hits his say, red ball into his teammate's, say, blue ball, making it (the blue ball) go into the hole, the goal is counted without adding a stroke.  So if it took 2 (two) kicks to get the red ball next to the hole, and if the teammate uses his third kick to have his blue ball knock the red ball in, the final score for that team will be a 2 (two).


Out of Bounds: OB is defined by stakes or a fence or some marking determined by the course. If your ball goes OB, place the ball within 2 steps from where the ball crossed the imaginary OB line and receive a (1) one-stroke penalty.


Pace of Play and Golfers:  Golfers generally don't like Footgolfers on the course.   Remember that It IS mainly a golf course, but by paying your green fees, you have a right to enjoy it as well.   Think skiers and snowboarders when snowboarding was new... With that said, it will help the growth of the sport if we are polite and play in between the golfers shots (as they should do for you as well).  Footgolf is MEANT to be played during the lull between one golf foursome and another golf foursome.  Usually everyone is pretty nice, respectful, and curious.  As players we are the Ambassadors of the sport, and the Course will appreciate us for representing it well.

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