Golf is a sport that can be played by almost anyone, from the age of 6 to 96. An individual sport played by hitting a ball with a club from a tee into a hole. The object is to get the ball into the hole with the least number of swings or strokes of the club.

But what if you have friends or family that are not interested in golf or want to change it up? There are many ways to play a variation of the standard well-known traditional sport of golf. The differences include the scoring method, course types and locations, rules, and even a different ball. The variety of modern golf adaptations take the classic sport and add a twist, as well as similar sports that remind golfers of their favorite game mechanics. Let’s take a look at some golf-like sports and what sets them apart from the standard game.

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Getting weird with it

There are several variations of golf, from those that stay close to the original game to some more obscure options. Here are some of the best golf-like sports to try out this summer:

  • Snow Golf: Just like regular golf, except played on a snow covered course.
  • Beach Golf: Played on the sand with a polyurethane ball.
  • Urban Golf: Golf that you can play in any urban space - no course required!
  • Billiard Golf: A combination between mini golf and billiards, usually played on a pool table or similar floor mat.
  • Speed Golf: A version of golf where the aim is to finish the course in as few strokes and as little time as possible.
  • Footgolf: A mix of golf and soccer where a soccer ball is kicked into a hole.
  • Disc Golf: Also known as Frisbee golf, played by throwing a Frisbee into a chain basket that serves as the hole.

Whether you’re looking to play with a different ball, a different course, or a different skill set, there is a golf-like game for you. No matter where you live or where your talents lie, you can have outdoor fun and scratch your golf itch at the same time.

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Nothing better than the original

There are plenty of reasons why someone might want to play one of the variations of golf. They might be learning to play golf for the first time and looking for a soft introduction to the sport, or perhaps they’re a longtime player who wants to ditch their least favorite parts of the game. Either way, you can explore all the different ways to play golf and still return to the familiar 18-holes you love.

Interested in other sports crossovers? Check out our thoughts on a golf swing vs. baseball swing to learn more about how the two sports are similar and different.