This is NOT an April Fool's joke.
If you haven't seen this video yet, take a minute to watch it.
It is literally one minute long, but you're going to see golf like you've never seen it before.
Some say this is the fastest growing version of the game.
One thing's for sure:
You're either going to love it or hate it.
I doubt there will be any middle ground.
See for yourself...
This golf / soccer hybrid is called FootGolf, and it's been growing like wildfire since it was formalized as a sport (with rules and such) in 2009.
It came together in the Netherlands, spread across Europe and South America (some say it's the fastest growing sport in the UK), and it is now being played in 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces (see below).
Yes, on existing golf courses, albeit on shortened holes, with a size five soccer ball and 21-inch diameter cups cut near, but not into, existing greens. The object is the same as golf; players try to get the ball into the hole using as few kicks as possible.
I'll be honest; I was ready to write this off as silly.
I've seen a lot of golf's player development initiatives come and go (mostly go).
But that's just it.
This is not a manufactured initiative to grow the game of golf.
This thing grew all by itself.
And as a devoted soccer player since age five, I'd be lying if I said it didn't look like fun.
Golf facilities, of course, see it as another revenue stream, and some well-known courses and resorts (Shanty Creek and Treetops resorts in Northern Michigan, Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, Calif., Crystal Springs in New Jersey) have started selling FootGolf tee times and tournaments.
Even PGA of America president Ted Bishop said on Golf Channel's Morning Drive that he was going to launch FootGolf at his Indiana golf club called The Legends.
Now, I don't know if FootGolf is going to reach critical mass or turn a meaningful number of soccer players into golfers, but if ever there was a prime year to market the sport, this would seem like a great one.
Why? The U.S. Open and the World Cup start on the exact same day (June 12).
What do you think about FootGolf? (Again, this is NOT an April Fool's joke -- it's for real.)
Please share your thoughts or read what others are saying below.