That’s Just Fancy Mini-Golf
Via the NYT: In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider
Among the unconventional types of golf is an entry-level version in which the holes are 15 inches wide, about four times the width of a standard hole.
Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to an oversize hole, counting their kicks. Other changes relax the rules and allow do-over shots, or mulligans, once a hole; teeing up the ball for each shot; and throwing a ball out of a sand bunker once or twice a round.
These are all supposed to help attract youngster to golf. It strikes me, however, that if one has to radically alter (if not replace in the case of “foot golf”) your game to attract new players, you have already lost the battle. (Although I suspect the pending death of golf is rather exaggerated).
One thing thing not mentioned I the piece is that the decline in popularity of the game noted in the piece corresponds, it seems to me, with the fading of Tiger Woods. There are currently no compelling golfers out their to attract the interest of casual fans.