I was introduced to golf courses with a ridiculous and active game created by my father and uncle we called monkey golf. With cousins, parents, brothers, dogs and friends, we would head out in the late afternoon on a local course in Maine and play 5 or 6 holes, one club for each player, largely making up the rules as we went, and with everyone getting a chance to participate. We weren't that quiet and we weren't that good! A golf course was a fun place to be.
While there are many reasons to get kids and athletes out on a golf course, fun is where it starts. It is great for me to see FlingGolf getting people out there. Whether they are 6 or 66, it is a fun, natural way to enjoy a few hours with friends and family, get some good exercise and enjoy some healthy competition.
Several years ago, I bought a used Jai-alai basket, grabbed some golf balls, and took them out to a soccer field for a throw. I knew right away that, with the spins and arcs of the flying ball, and my ability to make all kinds of swings and shape the shots, I had a fun new sport in my hands.
I built some early prototypes in my barn, then I worked with product developers to prove the function and I tried it out on a few local courses with a handful of friends. After a lot of feedback I worked with an industrial designer to really nail down the look.
So I knew it was really fun to play and people loved doing it, and the excitement was building, but the number one question was, “Will golf courses allow a different sport to be played alongside golf?” I had gotten some good feedback from some local courses, but the breakthrough came when I visited Walt Lankau, the former President of the National Golf Course Owners Association, which counts over 7200 courses in its membership.
Walt’s enthusiasm for the new sport, his understanding how snowboarding brought millions of young, athletic riders out to the slopes, and how many golf courses are looking for that same boost, put me in high gear to bring FlingGolf™ out. Course owners don't need to make any changes to their course, and players can learn well enough to get out on the course in less than a half hour. The fact that you can play FlingGolf right alongside golfers, even in the same foursome, has made it very easy for courses to adopt.
We launched our sales in late Summer 2014 and FlingGolf™ is already being played in over 40 states, several provinces in Canada, several countries in Europe, and it is spreading every day. We have a great team at PlusOne Sports that is dedicated to providing players with the best possible equipment, and course owners with the opportunity to welcome a new generation of athletes to their courses. We hope you'll join the new, growing community of players and courses that are leading the way!
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