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Anyone for Footgolf?

Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod has spoken of his delight to finally see the sport of Footgolf get the green light in Scotland after playing for the first time.

The new sport, which involves kicking a football round a golf course, is already played in 22 countries around the world.

Hosted by Cowal Golf Course in Dunoon, the first Scottish Footgolf Open is set to be played on 11-12 April.

"It's just great fun," said MacLeod, who is a keen golfer and was trying out Footgolf for the first time when speaking to BBC Scotland.

The former Scotland international will be joined on the greens by other ex-footballers including Stuart McCall, Tom Boyd, Gordon Smith and Alan Rough, who each want to be crowned the first winner of the Open.

"You're standing on the first tee with a size 5 football," MacLeod explained. "You take a good run at it and you kick the ball up the middle of the fairway, you try to get your next shot on to the green and a couple of passes into the hole.

"Obviously we don't know how far it's going to go because you're coming on to a golf course and not every golf course would allow people on to kick balls.

"But you're not using the greens - they are the winter greens and it is a bigger hole, about 20 inches across.

"It will give people another opportunity to get out there when the sun shines."

Organisers tasked with making Footgolf a serious competition say it has already proved a big success with former professional footballers in countries like the Netherlands.

For those who are interested in seeing this bizarre yet amazing sport hybrid in action, the UK Footgolf Championship will be held at Brentwood on 10-11 May, the UK Classic at Bridlington on 7-8 June and the UK International Open on 9-10 August in Manchester.

A FootGolf World Cup is also set to be contested in a couple of years’ time. Cowal Golf Club captain Donald MacKay said: "We believe that Footgolf shows that a golf club can provide more than just one use for its community - with any additional revenues generated being available for reinvestment into the course for the benefit of our members."