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Footballgolf – A new hybrid sport

In Maçanet de Cabrenys, in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Alt Emporda, there is a new sport being played, but one which has a growing number of fans: footballgolf. The founders of the club are four friends from the town, who had the brilliant idea of setting up a footballgolf course in their area. The idea, besides winning them the 2009 Entrepreneurs Award, made them the first to bring this sport to Spain and set up the state’s first official footballgolf course.
This new and fun sport, as the name suggests, is played by the basic rules of golf only by kicking a football. The
challenge, of course, is to get the ball in the different holes with as few kicks as possible from the starting position, getting passed the different obstacles while enjoying some of the most bucolic landscapes in the country. There’s no running involved, it’s almost impossible to get injured and you don’t need any special equipment.
You could say it’s the perfect sport for those who are maybe too old or don’t have the physical fitness required to play football and families who just want to have a good time and spend a few hours surrounding by nature. This sport is for the young and old, men and women and can be played individually or in teams (international tournaments have already been held) and it’s an excellent option for groups of friends, schools, summer schools or companies looking to do outdoor activities. The groups can comprise maximum 4 people to keep the game fluid and each participant in the game gets a different coloured ball to avoid confusion. The 18-hole course at Futbolgolf Catalunya covers an area of 5 hectares, in a natural clearing in the middle of the forest and surrounded by the Emporda’s highest mountains. Players have to keep a record of how many kicks they’ve made on their cards (par for the course is 72) and matches can last up to two hours. The space, however, invites visitors to stay a little longer, thanks to its excellent facilities, which are totally respectful of the environment, and include free parking, a clubhouse with a terrace, bar, shady picnic area, children’s playground and complementary activities like human table football and Futtoc (a mix of table tennis and football). Footballgolf is undoubtedly a great idea that everyone will enjoy trying out.

Maçanet de Cabrenys
Tel. 972 11 08 13