What Is Park Golf

Park Golf is form of golf that was invented in Makubetsu, Hokkaido, Japan in 1983 and quickly gained a following in Japan. Park Golf resembles a sport somewhere between golf and croquet; some might say “mini-golf on steroids.” Like in traditional golf, the object of Park Golf is to hit the ball into a hole with a club in the fewest number of strokes. At the same time, there is also a strong emphasis on harmony with other players and the natural setting of the golf course.

Park Golf, as its name implies, is a sport created to allow people of all ages to enjoy golf in a park-like, relaxed setting. It provides players an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while improving their health and fitness. Park Golf is for everyone. It is easy to play, yet still provides a challenge and requires skill to master the course. It is played with one club, one ball, and a larger cup. Please check out the video from Adventures in Golf to get a sense of the game. 
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Courses:  Each hole is between 20 – 100 meters long from the teeing ground to the cup, and can be Par-3, Par-4, or Par-5. A half-round consists of 9 holes with a total par of 33, and 1 round is 18 holes with a total par of 66.

Beginner-Friendly Rules: In Park Golf, you do not get a stroke penalty for missing the ball. The key is to relax your shoulders, keep your eyes on the ball, and hit it on the club’s sweet spot!

Safety First:  If you are playing with a large group divide yourselves into groups of 3 or 4. If a player is hitting on the teeing ground, all others players should stand behind quietly outside of the box. Walk toward the fairway only after all players have hit from the teeing ground. Never go in front of a person hitting the ball.

Park Golf Equipment:  The club’s length is 86 cm or less, and its weight is 600 gm or less.  The material of the club head should be at least 82% wood by volume and the angle between the face and the sole should be at least 90 degrees. The ball is 6 cm in diameter, and it should be between 80 and 95 gm in weight.

Etiquette:  Park Golf has a healthy consideration for manners on the course and between players.