Hybrid golf is summer smash


Eddie Galindo, left, and Ryan Luciani enjoy a game of smash golf, which literally combines a racquet and putter for a fun, new hybrid sport.

photo by Jill Blue Gaines

Smash golf, a hybrid between tennis and golf, is taking off at Duran Golf Club as a fun way to welcome kids, families and school groups to walk the course, even along with real golfers.

Invented and patented by Brevard golf pro Daril Pacinella, smash golf uses a traditional looking tennis racquet and different color of rubber golf balls which players get to keep.

A putter attachment is used on the greens with players holding either side of the tennis racquet.

The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for juniors under 12, with equipment rentals $6 for adults, $5 for juniors. Players get to keep the multi-colored solid rubber golf balls.

The fledgling sport is perfect for Duran because of the par-3 course, golf pro Matt Morrison said.

“The good thing about us is the short course is ideal for this type of sport. Most of the holes are 100 yards or less. There are only two par 3 holes you couldn’t hit it on the green in one shot,’’ he said.

Getting the ball out there accurately takes a bit of practice either underhand, side-arm and overhand,
he said.

“If you really want the distance, the overhand is the way to go. There’s still a lot of strategy,’’ he said.

Smash golf has been well-received since starting June 1 at Duran with families playing together and others giving the new sport a try. Duran will host several summer smash golf field trips for Brevard County Parks and Recreation, he said.

Pro Matt Morrison shows the equipment used for smash golf.

“It’s to get families and juniors, who might be too young, into the game and around the golf course. Anybody can play this and you can play alongside conventional golf. Families can do this together. Once they get here, they’re going to want to learn how to play real golf as well. We figure it’s a way to generate new interest and bring new players to the golf course,’’ he said.

Duran Golf Club is at 7032 Stadium Parkway, Viera. 

For more information, call  321-504-7776 or go to durangolf.com