We caught up with Paul today at Stockwood Park Golf Centre to find out more about his passion for FootGolf and the reasons why. Paul always aims to play FootGolf at Stockwood Park at least twice a week to train for tournaments over the UK.
Discover more about Paul by reading below!
How long have you been playing FootGolf?
I’ve been playing FootGolf at Stockwood Park Golf Centre for 2 years now.
Are you part of a team?
Teams have only recently been introduced for FootGolf in the UK. I tend to play in tournaments and practice here and I’ve been playing in the national league for UK FootGolf.
How did you start playing this sport?
Two years ago, my sons brought me here to try FootGolf for the first time. I discovered I still had a little skill from the 70s and 80s when I used to play football in the local parks here.
What motivates you to continue playing?
One of the reasons I got into FootGolf 2 years ago was to try get back to a level of fitness – it’s not a massively active sport, anyone of any size and age can do FootGolf, but it’s helped me in my fitness. I’ve lost a stone and a half since doing Walking Football and FootGolf – I’m fitter, more active and I think that’s a great thing.
What is your best FootGolf score?
Luckily enough I was the course record holder at one time! The score I got was 47 which is 21 under par.
Who else do you play with?
I do still play with my sons. They’re a bit frustrated as I beat them sometimes and they are a lot younger than me. But I play in the national league which is the UK FootGolf league around the UK. I’ve not played as many games this year, but last year I finished 12th in the UK in the over 45s category.
What brings you back to Stockwood Park Golf Centre?
I’ve played on a lot of courses around the UK now, probably 20 – 30 course, and what I love about Stockwood is although it’s a small course, it’s really testing for more advanced player as well as accessible for new players starting out. I still get something out of it every single time I play even though I’ve been playing it for 2 years.
What would you like to say to people who haven't tied FootGolf yet?
I think if you can kick a ball at the age of 4-5, or like my brother who still plays in his 70s, you get a great joy out of it. FootGolf is such a great sport, you get an enjoyment on a course like Stockwood’s because you can improve your score and get a satisfaction out of playing. I’d encourage anyone to have a go at FootGolf if they’ve not played before, Stockwood Park Golf Centre particularly is a great course because the grounds people and green keepers keep it in great condition. We’ve had a great dry spell this past week and you look round here and it’s in great condition so it’s a really nice environment to play and it’s welcoming; the team here is very welcoming and it’s great for people of all levels.