On Sunday, 7 September Mark Bright, the former Crystal Palace player, will take on all-comers at Addington Court Golf Centre, in the first Challenge Brighty FootGolf event at London’s first specially-designed 18-hole FootGolf course.
In the new sport FootGolf the aim is to kick a full-sized football into a series of 18 holes in as few shots as possible – just like golf. The sport has become so popular at Addington Court GC that the club now has its own permanent FootGolf course which runs alongside the club’s three other golf courses.
In September’s event the ex-Premier League star will play one hole with each team, and any player who beats Brighty’s score on the day will have their name entered into a hat. Mark Bright will make the draw, to win a personalised ‘Bright 9’ Crystal Palace home shirt signed by the man himself, plus other prizes including signed Premier League footballs.
There’s also a fun fancy dress element and Brighty will be awarding prizes for sartorial elegance, with best-dressed team and best-dressed player awards up for grabs. Players will first meet Mark Bright when registration begins at 12 noon, with a large crowd expected on the first tee for the official 1pm kick-off. Prize-giving is scheduled for 5pm.
With over 150 players expected to take part, the event should be full of atmosphere. The event is open to both sexes, with no age restrictions, and it represents ideal opportunity for newcomers to try the sport for the first time. Pre-booking is essential and the entry fee is £25 per player, and up to eight friends can play in each group.
Bright stated, “FootGolf is for everyone. It isn’t as easy as you think, even though the holes are much larger than a normal golf hole, but rest assured there’s no running or tackling!”