City golf courses kick off new season with FootGolf

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published April 17, 2015

 A golfer takes a swing at Evergreen Hills Golf Course, located at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

A golfer takes a swing at Evergreen Hills Golf Course, located at the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road.

Photo provided by the Southfield Parks and Recreation Department

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SOUTHFIELD — The grass is slowly getting greener just in time for golf season to be back in full swing at the city’s golf courses, Evergreen Hills and Beech Woods.

For this year, the Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a new sport for both golf and soccer lovers alike — FootGolf.

Available at Beech Woods Golf Course, 22202 Beech Road, the sport is a mix between soccer and golf, according to Parks and Recreation Department Head PGA Professional Terri Ryan.

FootGolf is played with a regulation No. 5 soccer ball on the golf course, and participants try to land the ball into 21-inch diameter cups, Ryan said. The rules of the game closely correspond with those of golf, with nine “holes.”

“It has really taken off in the last few years,” Ryan said. “If you have kids and they don’t like to golf, they can come practice their soccer skills.”

Stephanie Kaiser, marketing analyst at the Parks and Recreation Department, said she is expecting to draw in a younger crowd with FootGolf.

“We’re always looking to try something new,” Kaiser said. “FootGolf seems to appeal to a younger audience, which we’re always looking to bring in. While Mom and Dad are out playing regular golf, it’ll be a fun thing to try.”

Ryan also said the Parks and Recreation Department staff is offering another new program for beginner female golfers to get acquainted with the game.

On Mondays and Wednesdays starting May 11 at Beech Woods, the 11-week course will feature two weeks of clinics for participants to learn the basics of golf before heading out on the course for nine weeks of league play. Tee times will be 6:30 p.m.

“We are really excited about the beginners league,” Ryan said. “It’ll be really low key. They can come, learn and have fun.”

Also new this year, Ryan said: Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase at Evergreen Hills Golf Course, 26000 Evergreen Road.

“Now that we have food, beer and wine, we have a lot to offer people who want to come in at lunch,” Ryan said.

Ryan said the courses have not suffered any significant damage from snow and ice this year or last year after record snowfalls.

“The snow actually acts as a nice insulator for the grass,” Ryan said. “I was out there yesterday, and they’re in pretty good shape.”

Overall, it costs the city about $250,000 per year to run the golf courses, Ryan said. 

A full list of dates, rates and league information is listed on the city’s website, cityofsouthfield.com.

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