There is an exciting sports mashup craze sweeping the globe: the sport of FootGolf. This unique sport is nearly identical to the game of golf with a significant twist. Instead of swinging clubs and pinging a tiny rubber and plastic ball, FootGolf is the art of kicking a soccer ball that’s 22 cm in diameter. There are very few public golf courses in NJ that offer FootGolf. Crystal Springs Resort is proud to say that we have 18 beautiful holes available for those willing to give this obscure sport a try.
It’s widely believed that FootGolf began in the late 1920s as a game called “Codeball.” The rules were entirely different back then, but the sport consisted of kicking a soccer ball on a golf course. Chicago native William Code invented the sport. Codeball quickly faded in the following decades. Seemingly out of thin air, however, the modern game of FootGolf emerged in the late 1980s in Scandinavian countries. In 2008, two men officially launched FootGolf in the Netherlands. The U.S. now has an official American FootGolf League (AFGL), and many people are surprised to learn that there are AFGL courses located in all 50 states. This growing sport is quite tricky for those who have never played soccer. Although there’s much less precision involved in FootGolf, soccer balls don’t fly nearly as far as golf balls, so each hole is at least a par 5.
Cascades Golf Course
Cascades, our newest golf course, has nine breathtaking holes. The landscape features mountain vistas, pristine white sand, and two freshwater ponds. 18 holes of FootGolf at Cascades takes approximately two hours. FootGolf is perfect for families with kids six and up. Play 18 holes then treat your family or group to a delicious dining experience at the Crystal Tavern. The kids can try our creamy macaroni and cheese while the adults indulge in our tender organic salmon and juicy grilled hanger steak. Other public golf courses in NJ cannot match Crystal Springs' onsite restaurants.
Minerals Golf Course
If you’re aiming to play the sport of FootGolf for the first time, then Minerals Golf Club is right for you. Minerals is a par-31 nine-hole gem in the NJ wilderness. This course offers an intimate forest experience and is one of the Top 12 Short Courses in America. After a quick round, head on up to Kites for a refreshing craft beer and a giant, succulent steak.
Public Golf Courses in NJ
Crystal Springs Resort has six world-class golf courses only an hour from lively New York City. Whether you’re looking for a week-long golf getaway to the NJ Skylands or a relaxing spa escape, a round of FootGolf is the perfect group activity for those looking for leisurely exercise!