Tuesday 30 May 2017


SoGlos takes on the Brickhampton Court Footgolf challenge

Rating: 4/5

SoGlos laced up its trainers, practiced its keepie-uppies and got the red cards at the ready, before heading to Brickhampton Court Golf Course for the first ever SoGlos Footgolf Championship.

While Brickhampton Court Golf Course offers a challenging 18-hole course, an intermediate style nine-hole course, and a 28-bay floodlit driving range, it was the golfing experience with a distinct difference that piqued SoGlos’s interest, as we headed out to compete in the SoGlos Footgolf Championship.


Kick Off

With teams picked, trainers laced and tensions running high, the rules were simple; kick the football into the holes in as little goes as possible.

After getting over the initial shock at how far the holes were from the tee off, we each tried our turn at booting it down the field, and as the balls bounced sadly to the halfway point, all thoughts of a hole-in-one went out the window.

Friendly

While we weren’t technically playing competitively, the score cards served as a reminder at how well – or badly – we were doing, and it wasn’t long before comradery was lost and it was all against all, in a bid to be crowned the Footgolf Champion.

Offside

With over 200 acres of rolling countryside to kick around, somehow, half of the team managed to get their balls stuck in the stream running through the course, providing many comical attempts to get the ball out before resorting to using the flag poles to drag it in.

While we didn’t penalise those who lost their balls too harshly, it did add some extra time onto the game, so we decided it was time for a quick-fire round to speed things up a bit.

Pitch Invasion

Lining the balls up in a row on the eighth hole, we each took our turn at booting it to the flag we could see in the distance before running as fast as possible and kicking it again, and surprisingly, everyone seemed to get their best score on this round, perhaps with adrenaline kicking in and the long run ups doing the trick.

Hole in two

While we have a talented team of writers and advertising consultants at SoGlos, we discovered that there are no secret Ronaldo’s here, with a general average of five or six kicks per hole.

Similarly, our best score, which was a hole in two was sort of a fluke, as one player nudged another’s ball into the hole in a boules-style accident – we think that still counts though!

Man – or woman – of the match

While golf and football are predominantly thought of as a male sport, the female members of SoGlos had just as much fun as the men, with editor, Michelle, and staff writer, Alice, already looking to play again this summer.

Managing to get around all nine holes in 44 kicks, publisher, James, scooped the winning title for his team, while Alice narrowly missed out on lifting the winner’s cup in 46 kicks. However, it was James’ birthday, so it was only fitting that he won!

Match Recap

All in all, footgolf provided the SoGlos team with a fun and inclusive game in the great outdoors, and we can see why it has become such a popular phenomenon with adults and kids, while offering a unique choice for birthday parties, team building days out, as well as stag and hen dos.

Providing an alternative sport to enjoy right on Gloucester and Cheltenham’s doorstep, Brickhampton footgolf gets SoGlos’s seal of approval, and we’ll certainly be practicing our booting before tackling the range again.


For more information see Brickhampton Court Golf Complex, call (01452) 859444, email info@brickhampton.co.uk or visit Brickhampton.co.uk directly.


By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Thursday 16 June 2016

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