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Weird workouts: kick back with a round of footgolf

Isabelle Aron

Exercise your imagination as well as your body with a new generation of strange alternative sports. We try them out.

Forget everything you know about golf - footgolf is a totally different ballgame. Well, kind of. You still get a course map, a score sheet and your own individually coloured ball. It also takes place on a full-sized golf course. But with footgolf you don't have to faff about with fancy knitwear or master your downswing. All you have to do is kick a football into a hole. Simple!

Or maybe not. As I start to make my way around the 18 holes at Barnet's Tudor Park, I'm told a well-known Arsenal player took eight shots to clear the first hole. Despite the trickiness, there's still the nice, leisurely pace you'd expect from traditional golf. But here the crowd's much more casual than the usual golf-course brigade - less Ralph Lauren chinos and more Adidas trackies. In fact, that's the best part about footgolf: anyone can play it, even if your football skills are more David Brent than David Beckham. Which mine definitely are.

TRY IT: Footgolf courses in Greater London range from £5.50 to £12. Find your local course at or contact

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