06/18/2014

Meadowlands Golf Club is introducing FootGolf to the Grand Strand. No clubs are needed, only a soccer ball and a foot. The new sport is a combination of soccer and golf, and is played at a golf course on shortened holes that are incorporated into existing golf holes. The rules are generally like the rules of golf and the hole has a 21-inch-diameter.

Head professional Jason Monahan is excited to introduce this to the area. Jason coaches youth soccer and thought of the concept a few years ago. He is combining two sports that he loves.

The plans are for grand opening for the FootGolf course on July 12 or shortly thereafter. It will be open for public play seven-days a week. Golf on Meadowlands Golf Club will not be disturbed, as the two courses and sports will coexist.

Monahan says that the new sport will not interfere with regular golfers. They will always have the right of way.

Many Grand Strand courses are searching for a way to increase revenues in a market that has been fairly stagnant. Monahan believes he has found one answer. FootGolf appeals to market that might not have ever visited the Meadowlands.

FootGolf play will likely be limited to 3-7 p.m. tee times this summer to limit the number of golfers impacted.

The 18-hole FootGolf course is approximately 2,400 yards, and it fits on the front nine of the Meadowlands golf course. It takes approximately 90-minutes to play a round. Par threes are typically between 50 and 100 yards, par-4s are 100 to 160 yards, and par-5s are 160 to 240 yards.

With the popularity of soccer across the world, this could be quite a success. Talk about thinking outside the box.