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Posted: October 7, 2014

Footgolf is coming to Portland … and it sounds like a blast (soccer meets golf)

Written by: Heather Steeves

Portland’s Riverside Golf Course is hosting footgolf from Oct. 24 through Nov. 30. It’s soccer (without the running) meets golf (without the clubs).

It’s a good excuse to grab a few friends, dig out a pair of argyle socks and your old soccer ball and play a game outside this fall. Basically, you kick the ball (one at a time, like golf) toward the hole, which will be 21-inches wide. The player to land the ball in the hole with the fewest kicks wins.

The sport follows most golf etiquette rules: You and your friends take turns, no running, no cleats, no driving your cart on the grass, wear a polo shirt, respect the tee markers. And has a few extra rules: If your ball goes into a pond, wait for the ball to float back to you, if your ball goes into a sand pit you must kick it out from a standstill (no running start in the sand traps), your ball must be uniquely marked (is that a gold rule? I don’t play golf.).

Ryan Scott, the general manager of the course, said fewer people golf in the fall. Because of this, Riverside usually shuts down its south course after Columbus Day (and keeps its other course open). This year they’re trying footgolf on the south course instead.

“We just did some research and saw this out there and figured why not it seems like fun. Let’s give it a try. No one else in Maine is offering it yet,” Scott said. “I put some information out there on Monday and I’ve already received a lot of positive feedback from people who want to try it. It’s not frustrating like regular golf. It’s just a different way to get people to the golf course. Maybe once they’re out there they’ll try golf. We might get some golfers out of this.”

At Riverside, footgolf will cost $6 for nine holes or $12 for 18 holes (it’s only a 9-hole course, so you would just play the same course twice). You’ll need a No. 5 soccer ball or you can rent one for $5. For more information visit


Here’s a more detailed video with the rules:

Want to know how the food is at the golf course? We reviewed that too.

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