The Basic Foot Golf Rules and Etiquette
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear – comfortable, tasteful sports apparel is best and non-cleated sports shoes are required (cleated shoes of any kind are not allowed).
- Take care of the foot golf course, rake sand traps (bunkers) and maintain a proper pace of play.
- Feel free to bring your own number five soccer ball. Make sure your ball is easy to identify to avoid playing the wrong ball.
- Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players – in particular, don't kick if it's possible the ball will land among the group in front of you; make sure you're ready to kick when it's your turn.
- When playing from the foot golf tee, kick your ball from a position up to two meters (6 feet) behind the tee markers.
- The ball must be played in a single movement. You are not allowed to push the ball with the top or bottom of your foot. Your foot should be set separate from the ball, clearly behind, before each kick.
- Wait to play until the ball has completely come to rest. (It is not legal to stop the ball from rolling with the wind).
- When fellow foot golfers are playing, remain quiet and avoid casting a shadow across the path their ball will travel (particularly on the green).
Foot golf objective and scoring
- The objective of foot golf – like traditional golf – is to advance the ball from the tee into the cup in the fewest number of kicks (or strokes to use the traditional term).
- Each foot golfer is responsible for counting his/her kicks. After all players in a group have completed a hole, each foot golfers "score" (or number of kicks plus any applicable penalties) is recorded on a scorecard.
When to kick and order of play
- The player who's ball is farthest from the hole is the first to kickl.
- The order of play from the tee is established based on the score of the previous hole. The player with the best score will kick off first on the next hole followed by the second, etc.
- Play the ball from where it lies. In general, you are not allowed to move the ball prior to kicking it. Exception: You may mark the spot and lift the ball when it may obstruct the other player's kick or ball in any way.
- A player must not make a stroke while a ball played by another member of their group is in motion.
Impediments and obstructions
- Natural Loose Impediments (branches, leaves, stones, natural objects, etc.) can be removed so long as the act of moving the loose impediment does not result in the ball moving. If the ball is moved, the player incurs a one stroke penalty.
- Movable Obstructions: (artificial movable objects such as rakes, tin cans, etc.) can be moved without penalty. If the ball is inadvertently moved it must be replaced in its original resting place. (Example: the ball resting against a rake).
- If the ball in play is moved or deflected or stopped by another ball the player must play his ball as it is and replace the ball moved. No penalty is assessed unless both balls were on the putting green when the offending ball was kicked in which case the player who hit incurs a penalty of two strokes.
- Unlike traditional golf, there is no penalty for striking the foot golf pin with a ball kicked on the green. So it is unnecessary to remove the pin.
Hazards, unplayable lies and balls kicked out of bounds
- If the ball lands in a water hazard, retrieve it and place it within two paces of the ball's point of entry into the hazard. Alternatively, you can place the ball at the position of the previous kick. In either case, the kick that went into the hazard counts and a one stroke penalty is assessed.
- Sand Traps (bunkers): If your ball is in a sand hazard you may play the ball as it lies without penalty. Rake the sand in the bunker with the nearest rake so that the surface is smooth and flat.
- Out of bounds areas are marked with white stakes. If your ball comes to rest in an area marked as out of bounds, place the ball within two steps from where the ball crossed between the white stakes. The kick that went out of bounds is counted and a one stroke penalty is assessed.
- Unplayable ball: The player is the sole judge to as to whether his/her ball is unplayable. (For Example: A ball that settles under dense shrubs or bushes and can't practicably be kicked). If a player declares his ball unplayable, the following options are allowed:
- Play the ball from the previous lie.
- Place the ball within two paces from where the unplayable ball came to rest, not nearer to the hole.
- In either case, a one stroke penalty is assessed and the original kick is counted.
- If a ball comes to rest on a traditional golf green, the ball must be removed and placed on the ground within ten feet of green and no closer to the foot golf hole. No penalty is assessed.
Local Foot Golf Rules
- The Pace of Play Standard for a foot golf group is two hours. Please make sure to keep up with the group in front of you. If a faster playing group is behind you and the hole in front of you is empty, allow the faster group to play through so that you are following them.
- No personal or outside food or beverage is allowed.