Largo golf fans are getting a kick out of foot golf

Largo, Florida -- Not-quite-teenaged Leilani Shirvis summed it up perfectly.

"It's on a golf course but it's soccer," she said with a smile. "That's kind of weird."

Weird or not, it's incredibly popular and one of the only places to get your foot on this new sport is in Largo. The Largo Golf Course is offering 18 holes of foot golf seven days a week after noon.

It began with an idea to raise money for the course manager's kid's youth soccer team.

"From there it just kind of blew up," said Largo Golf Course supervisor Jason Wilson. "The demand showed itself then one thing led to another and we have a foot golf course."

Wilson says the small golf course off Vonn Road in Largo sees around 200 foot golfers per week. The course charges $20 to ride or $15 to walk 18 holes. You can play nine holes for $15 in a cart and just $10 on foot.

The majority of the rules for traditional golf apply to foot golf. The number of kicks it takes for you to get the ball in the hole is your score. The golf course is a 3,335-yard, par-62 layout. The foot golf course is 2,447-yard, par-71.

"It's a mixture of soccer and golf," said 9-year-old Sam Craft. "I like soccer and golf."

Each hole on the course features a pair of greens. The green with the blue flag is designated for traditional golf with a regulation 4.25-inch wide hole. The green with the red flag is closer to the tee box and is made specifically for foot golf.

"You can't kick a soccer ball as far as you can hit a golf ball," explained Wilson. "So, all of our par-4s on our regular executive golf course are par-5s [for foot golf]."

The major difference between the greens is the hole. The holes for foot golf are cut 14 inches deep and are 21 inches wide.

"It's just giant," says Craft.

Wilson boasts "anyone can kick a soccer ball," but it requires some skill and practice to figure out how to get the soccer ball down the course and into the giant targets.

"Usually it takes one or two holes until people can really start to understand how to kick it," he said. "Once they start playing they'll figure it out and they'll start having success. And, it's fun."

The only other place to play in the state is in Miami. Foot Golf is open Friday through Wednesdays from noon to close and Thursdays from 12 to 4 p.m. at Largo Golf Course, 12500 Vonn Road in Largo. For more information call the Pro Shop at (727) 518-3024, or visit


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