Footgolf gives families another non-traditional golf option at Duran


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Duran PGA Golf Pro Matt Morrison, left, and Marketing and Events Coordinator Nicole Latner stand at one of the nine new holes created to play Footgolf. A hybrid of soccer and golf, the game gives families another entertainment option.

Carl Kotala

Already established as one of the top golfing destinations on the Space Coast, Duran Golf Club is adding another option to its menu for non-traditional golfers at its nine-hole, par-3 course:

Footgolf.

A hybrid of soccer and golf, Duran’s Footgolf course made its debut late last month. Combined with Smash Golf — a marriage of golf and tennis — which was introduced in 2015, there are more options for families looking for an entertaining outing.

Duran is the second course in Brevard County to offer Footgolf, joining Mallard’s Landing.

“You can technically have a family come out here where the dad’s playing traditional golf, the kids are playing Footgolf and the mom’s playing Smash Golf at the same time,” Duran PGA Golf Pro Matt Morrison said. “And it’s the same price as traditional golf. It all costs the same.”

Designed with help from Footgolf expert Mario Calderon of Cocoa Beach, the layout is set up so it will not interfere with golfers playing the par-3 course.

Played with a soccer ball, the holes are anywhere from 60 to 120 yards long. Like golf, it's usually played in groups of four and there are par scores for experts and novices. Each scorecard comes with a set of rules for the game with perhaps the most important one declaring no cleats are allowed.

It's estimated that a round of Footgolf will take 90 minutes to complete.

“You start, just like traditional golf, from a set of tee markers,” Morrison said. “You’re trying to kick the ball into that cup in the least amount of kicks as possible.

“Since this is a short course, the holes are obviously shorter than the courses that have it on their big course. But when we were talking to the expert, he said it’s perfect for families and kids, but it’s also good for the experts because they can work on their short game, their strategic shots.”

Prices are $13 for adults, $8 for children and $5 for soccer ball rental, though you are allowed to bring your own ball. Reservations can be made on the club’s website at durangolf.com. It is booked just like a normal tee time.

Nicole Latner, Duran’s marketing and events coordinator, said the club will offer birthday party packages.

Because there are food and beverages available, it also might be a fun outing for corporate events and fundraisers, or for team-building activities. There might even be Footgolf leagues offered in the future.

“Brevard has turned into such a touristic location that people are like, ‘What else can I do that’s not the beach or the pool?’ ” Latner said. “(Playing Footgolf) is keeping active, it involves the whole family and it’s about teaching people about something else that they’ve probably never done before.

“And there has to be some skill. You think, ‘Oh, I just have to kick the ball.’ But you’ve got to be able to make it into this hole within, on average, three kicks.”

While the list of options for people to do something other than traditional golf has increased, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that Duran’s 18-hole Championship Course is one of the top-rated links on the Space Coast.

The club also boasts what is considered one of the best junior programs in the area with its Duran Academy of Golf.

“We’re still a traditional golf course,” Morrison said. “It’s not like this is overtaking traditional golf. By design, we’ve always been traditional. It’s just another offering. We’ve designed it to stay out of the way. It’s not going to get in the way of anyone playing traditional golf.”