Putt your best foot forward at new attraction

Councillor Eddie Darke with Darren Greco and Lindsay Reid at the launch of Footgolf at Whitley Bay.
Picture by Jane Coltman
Councillor Eddie Darke with Darren Greco and Lindsay Reid at the launch of Footgolf at Whitley Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman
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Visitors to Whitley Bay seafront are encouraged to get a kick out of the latest attraction.

North Tyneside Council is hoping its latest sporting attraction will suit visitors down to a tee.

Councillor Eddie Darke with Darren Greco and Lindsay Reid at the launch of Footgolf at Whitley Bay.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Councillor Eddie Darke with Darren Greco and Lindsay Reid at the launch of Footgolf at Whitley Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman

The new attraction is joining together football and golf.

A new footgolf course has been officially opened at Whitley Bay Mini Golf at the northern end of The Links.

Staff at North Tyneside Council have created the nine-hole course, which includes ten bunkers, after the game’s popularity grew across the country.

The aim of the game, which combines football and golf, is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots as possible.

Played with a regular size football, the game can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities, and it’s currently the UK’s fastest growing sport.

Joined by a group of eager footgolfers, Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, tried out the course when it was officially opened.

Coun Darke said: “We are working extremely hard to regenerate Whitley Bay and to make sure it’s a place visitors want to come to – and family activities like this are a great way of doing so.

“Our miniature golf course is already extremely popular and we hope by creating this new attraction on the same site even more people will come and visit.

“I’d encourage the public to give it a go and enjoy the spectacular views of the coastline while they play.”

The course is open from 10am to 7.30pm, seven days a week. Footgolf is believed to have been created in 2006.

The first nine-hole footgolf tournament on a golf course, and played as the sport is known today, was organised in the Netherlands in 2008.

Later Belgium and Hungary switched from playing in parks to golf courses and the game was introduced to Argentina in 2010.

The American FootGolf League was founded in 2011.