Closed Historic Golf Course Opening with New Spin on Golf

HOT SPRINGS, AR - A closed historic Hot Springs golf course has succumbed to the weeds like many courses around the nation.

According to the National Golf Foundation only 13.5 courses opened in 2012, while 154.5 courses closed.

One man has plans though to turn the Belvedere Country Club around.

He wants to do it in a way that would be the first in the state.

It's called foot-golf. Instead of a golf ball the player would kick soccer balls to the green and into about a two-foot hole.

It's a new take on the game that he hopes will increase interest in the game of golf and renovate the historic course that's been around since the 40s.

"It's a real fixer-upper right now but with a little tender love care and a little bit of foot golf being played, it can come come back," said Robert Raines, future Owner of Belvedere.

While the course will include an 18-hole footgolf course, it will also have a 9-hole USGA regular golf course with Bermuda greens.

The 9-hole course should be ready to go shortly after the start of 2015 but until then Raines plans on opening footgolf in October.

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