Football Golf is an original and more and more popular game created in Thailand at Samui Football Golf, and is becoming better known around the world. The idea is simple enough: it's a hybrid of football and golf in which players try to steer a football into the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible - using their feet of course.
It'll have you and your group playing, laughing and enjoying it for at least sixty minutes and at the same time you can enjoy a refreshing tropical garden walk around a beautiful coconut plantation that forms the 'course'.
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The heady mix of lots of shared fun, a gentle stroll (with a few kicks thrown in), and some friendly competition is hard to top and, unlike a lot of the other activities on the island which are done individually and on a one-on-one basis, this is good old-fashioned group fun.
The course itself is not too long and all in, if you count misplaced shots, passes and putts it adds up to 1,500 metres and usually takes about an hour to complete.
You can choose between hard and easy routes (for first timers) and each hole is singular in its design, meaning no boring repeating. You'll come across U-turns, trees, dog-legs, coconut logs and shells, bunkers and ditches to navigate and all in all it's challenging and a whole lot of fun.
Football Golf, like many other activities involving skill, just gets better the more you play it but one factor has stood out: Girls sometimes beat their over-competative boyfriends and spouses!
You'll find drinks and snacks available in the reception area as well as cool towels and a free soft drink at holes 11 and 18. When you've completed the course you'll get a commerative key ring with your personnel score on to take with you back home. You can also book a transfer as the course has its own pickup truck.
Football Golf is situated on the Beach Road a 10-minute drive north from Chaweng and a five-minute drive from the Big Buddha in the other direction.
Samui Football Golf
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 6.30pm
- Location: 63/240, Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 426 600, +66 (0)89 771 7498