River Ridge Golf Course ‘Kicks Off’
New International Sport….FootGolf!
Oxnard, CA – Do you like the game of golf, but your golf swing isn’t ‘up to par’? No worries, if you can kick a ball, Otto Kanny, General Manager of River Ridge Golf Course wants to talk to you!
River Ridge is getting its kicks these days by introducing a new form of golf, ‘FootGolf’. The first California course to offer the international sport, River Ridge has aligned itself with American FootGolf League in addition to the local soccer community, AYSO & Fusion Soccer Club to introduce the new form of golf that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
How does it work? It’s basically golf, but instead of a golfer using a club to hit the ball, the player kicks a soccer ball into the hole. “With golf, we often hear three main concerns – it costs too much, it takes too long, and it’s too difficult of a game,” noted Otto Kanny. “The game of FootGolf solves all of these concerns allowing for all ages, and all skill levels to participate,” he added.
River Ridge has completed the construction of the course, which like golf, consists of par threes, fours and fives that incorporate the existing golf course features including sand traps, bunkers, hazards and rolling terrain. The FootGolf greens are located within the existing fairways and roughs. The cups are 21 inches, the same proportion of ‘golf ball to golf cup’ diameter. Players bring their own soccer ball and it is suggested that they wear indoor soccer, tennis or golf shoes. Play time takes approximately one hour to play 9 holes, and two hours for 18 holes. Players can walk or rent an electric cart. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
A Grand Opening to introduce FootGolf to the community is planned for May 19th, which will include a tournament organized by the American FootGolf League (AFGL). For more information, call River Ridge Golf Club at 805-983-4653.
About Foot Golf
FootGolf originated in Holland and has spread to over 10 countries throughout the world. Similar to golf, the players’ intent is to kick a ball into the hole with the foot, with the least amount of strokes possible. The field may be a golf course or similar surface, but the distance between the tee and the hole is flexible and may be adapted proportionally based on the full playing area. FootGolf is a very ‘addictive’ sport that combines the best of popular sports such as soccer with an elite sport like golf. (Click Here for a short video)
About River Ridge Golf Club
Originally designed by Billy Bell Jr. in the mid 1980’s, River Ridge Golf Club is renowned for its wide-open fairways, low lying roughs, superb bent/poa annua greens and five lakes spanning the back nine holes. The Vineyard Course has undergone several designs and provides panoramic views of Oxnard and Ventura County. The Victoria Lakes course opened in 2008 and harbors eight acres of water. River Ridge Golf Club is complete with a pro shop, an all-grass driving range and catering facilities.
About Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, and tourism revenue opportunities through the promotion of Oxnard as a premier travel destination. Oxnard is an easy drive up the coast from Los Angeles or from the northern portions of California. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy Oxnard’s uncrowded beaches, explore the many diverse attractions and outdoor adventures that are unique to the area. A wide variety of hotel accommodations are available ranging from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings. For more information, call the California Welcome Center at 805-988-0717. To obtain tourism information on Oxnard, visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com.
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