The exciting new game of FootGolf is now available at White Plains Golf Course (after 12:00 noon) weekdays and weekends. White Plains Golf Course is located at 1015 Saint Charles Parkway, White Plains, MD 20695. For details, please call 301-932-3470.
What is FootGolf?
White Plains Golf Course is an official member of the United States FootGolf Association. We are the first USFGA certified course in the State of Maryland.
FootGolf is a combination of the popular sports of soccer and golf. White Plains FootGolf Course has 18 holes built within the front nine of our traditional golf course. It is designed so that both regular golf and FootGolf can be played simultaneously. The basic difference is that FootGolf players use soccer balls and the greens are set-up separately from regular golf, using a 21-inch diameter cup. The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf.
The sport is played in the traditional format of up to four players per group, with FootGolfers either walking the course or using golf carts. Holes are roughly half the distance of a regular golf hole. FootGolf uses golf’s basic model including tee boxes, greens, bunkers, hazards and 18 holes of play. As in regular golf, scorecards display par scores for each hole and the object is to get your soccer ball into the hole with the fewest amount of kicks. The game absolutely is not a matter of just kicking the ball as hard as you can - there is lots of strategy and finesse involved with positioning your shots and getting the ball into the hole. A typical 18-hole round of FootGolf takes about 2 hours to play.
FootGolf is an exciting game and provides an excellent outdoor recreation experience. The game can be played with friends in a competitive environment or a can be enjoyed as a fun-filled family activity. Also, White Plains Golf Course is a great venue for community fund-raising activities.Typically, FootGolf is played with a FIFA #5 soccer ball and players are encouraged to provide their own ball. However, White Plains Golf Course does offer ball rentals ($3.00) for those who do not have their own equipment. We offer different size balls to accommodate all ages.
Soccer cleats are not allowed. FootGolf players wear rubber sole shoes such as: tennis, indoor soccer or turf type shoes.
- No soccer cleats or spikes – rubber sole, turf type or indoor soccer shoes only.
- Traditional golf greens are off-limits. If soccer ball accidentally lands on a golf green, do not kick ball from green (take free 2 step drop off from the edge).
- Keep up with group ahead - allow faster players to “play through” (let them pass).
- Please see FootGolf Map for routing of each hole and follow correct course layout.
- No outside food or beverage is allowed. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A non-playing adult supervisor will not be charged a FootGolf fee (if choosing to ride: full fees required for cart rental).
- Reserving an advanced Tee Time is recommended (You may call 301-645-1300 up to 7 days in advance). Walk-ups are welcome, but are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Always show consideration for other players on the course. Do not distract their play by making unnecessary movements and/or noise.
- Please respect fellow FootGolfers and golfers - let’s all enjoy this facility!
Basic Rules of Footgolf
- Wear appropriate clothing – Follow White Plains Golf Course dress code.
- Make sure your ball must is easy to identify.
- Review the score card and wait for your turn. Make sure your kick will not interfere with other players.
- Kick off 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).
- Play the ball from where it lies. You are not allowed to move the ball. Exception: You may mark the spot and lift the ball when it may obstruct another player's kick or ball in any way. The player farthest from the hole is the first to kick the ball.
- The order of play 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.
- If the ball enters a hazard area, you can either play the ball where it lies or retrieve or take a 2 step drop (into the fairway) from the closest land point from where the ball entered the hazard (this will result in a one stroke penalty).
- Out-of-bounds markers are annotated with white stakes - receive a one stroke penalty
- Only on the FootGolf green are balls allowed to be picked-up to be cleaned or replaced.
Consideration for Other Players
Unlike many sports, FootGolf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of both Golf & FootGolf.
- Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise.
- Players should not play until the players in front are out of range.
- If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such a situation is “fore.”
From the Tee Box:
- Group Size: No groups larger than a foursome are allowed. On busier days, WPGC staff my pair-up smaller groups to better accommodate play.
- Players should not tee his/her ball until it is his/her turn to play.
- As a player is about to make a shot, other players should not stand close to or directly behind that player.
On the Putting Green:
- You are not allowed to roll the ball or use the sole of the foot.
- On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or cast a shadow over this area.
- Each player in the group should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players have holed-out.
Stroke Play: In stroke play, a player who is acting as a marker (score keeper) should record each player’s score on the way to the next tee.
Pace of Play
- Always play at good pace and keep up with the flow of the other groups on the course.
- Players should play immediately when players ahead of them are out of range of their shot. (Do not wait for them to be on/off green, unless you believe your shot will make it that distance)
- It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. As soon as your play appears that it is delaying the group behind, you should invite the group behind to “play through” (go ahead of your group at the next tee).
- Be ready to play: Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green and head directly to the next tee.
If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, he should play a provisional ball. Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to “play through” as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five minutes before doing so. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.
Care of Golf Course
Bunkers (sand traps)
Balls that land in a bunker can be played, but the player is only allowed to strike the ball from a stationary position (no step-up or running approach). Scooping the ball also prohibited.
Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully rake-over all holes and footprints. A rake can usually be found at each bunker area for this purpose.
Repair of Divots, Ball-Marks and Damage by Shoes
Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them on all areas of the golf course tees, fairways and footgolf greens. These repairs should be made immediately after taking the kick.
Damages to the course created by outbursts of frustration will not be tolerated.
Preventing Unnecessary Damage
In order to avoid damaging the footgolf green area, players and caddies should avoid standing too close to the pin whenever possible. Care during the handling of the flagstick (pin) and the removal of a ball from the cup (the flagstick should be properly replaced in the hole before players leave the putting green).
Golf carts should not be driven/parked in tee area or on green. Occasionally wet weather conditions will necessitate a restriction to keep carts on cart path.