From time to time this caveman likes to report on some of the neat adaptations of the golfin’ game. But this one has blown my mind. It never once entered my thought process to combine Golf with Rugby, but that’s exactly what GolfCross does.
GolfCross was created by New Zealander Burton Silver in 1989, and uses an oval shaped ball and suspended goal nets in lieu of holes. The green has been replaced by a “yard.” Once the players ball lies within the yard, they have the right to turn the goal net to face them. The Goal is scored when the ball is struck by the player and comes to rest within the goal net. If it pops back out, it is still in play.
The round ball is exactly right for golf which requires it to be hit along the ground as well as through the air. But if a game has no need to for the ball to roll towards a target, the oval shape – which is easier to control – becomes an interesting alternative
The oval ball spins on two axes instead of multiple, making it neigh impossible to hook or slice, unless its purposefully angled on the specially designed tees.
Supposedly, GolfCross is more strategic and tactical game than regular golf because players are shooting for goal, making it more dramatic and exciting to both play and watch (according to NZ player Greg Turner).
GolfCross courses have popped up in Germany, Argentina, England, Ireland, Scotland and of course New Zealand. If you want more information on this great game, check out the website