No, USA Grass Golf isn’t just any golf played on grass in the United States of America. USA Grass Golf is one man’s goal of introducing a slightly modified Japanese past time to the U.S.
Owner Gary Livesay started USA Grass Golf in 2018 with the idea of taking the equipment of park golf and pairing it with a portable “hole” so it is playable anywhere, as opposed to depending on a park golf course, which is a rarity in the U.S. But let’s back up a minute and explore what exactly park golf is.
Park golf is a sport that is a mix of golf, croquet, and perhaps a little miniature golf thrown in as well. Invented in Japan in 1983, the game is can be played with only one club, a 60mm ball,1 on a nine-hole course that has a max hole length of 100m2 and an overall course length of less than 500m.3
There have been attempts to bring this Japanese game to America, most notably by professional wrestler Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, who fell in love with the sport while wrestling in Japan. He opened the first, and as far as I can tell, only park golf course in the United States, Destroyer Park Golf in Akron, N.Y.
With USA Grass Golf’s equipment, the elusive park golf course is not required and can be played anywhere. They offer a variety of park golf clubs, balls, portable holes and other accessories.
You can read the company’s full press release below.
NEW YORK, January 14, 2020 — USA Grass Golf, a new, easy to play hybrid version of the classic sport, will be introduced at the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Jan. 21-24. Using only one club on a layout set up in a much smaller area than a traditional golf course, USA Grass Golf is an inexpensive, faster way for golf fans of all ages to play, learn and enjoy the game.
USA Grass Golf is similar to the popular Japanese version of Park Golf played at more than 1,000 courses by more than a million people in Japan. It is a driving and putting game that is very easy to learn. A course can be set up anywhere there is land. Manicured greens are not required and players don’t need a bag full of expensive clubs. Many of the top tier club manufacturers such as Callaway sell extensive lines of Park Golf clubs internationally at prices comparable to the most expensive drivers used in traditional golf.
“We are excited to announce a great new way to play and enjoy golf for people of all ages and abilities,” said Gary Livesay, who founded USA Grass Golf in 2018. “Youngsters will have fun learning the basics of the game, while older or more experienced golfers can play a streamlined, much less expensive game in a shorter amount of time.”
The equipment used in USA Grass Golf includes a no loft club similar to a fairway wood; a 2 ¼ inch plastic golf ball; an eight inch quick-cup portable hole; Fiberglass Flag Stick; In-ground flag stick holder; and an 8’ x 5” flag available in multiple colors. An eight inch in-ground plastic cup is also available.
USA Grass Golf is played on a course with any number of holes that are a maximum of 101 yards long. The greens are designed to have a portable hole and flag or a fixed cup and flag. Grass Golf is perfect for schools, park and recreation departments, RV parks, resorts, youth clubs, senior centers and family gatherings
For more information about USA Grass Golf, visit booth #4521 at the PGA Merchandise Show or go to https://usagrassgolf.com/.
My full-time job has always been in the IT world, but I’ve also spent the better part of a decade writing product reviews and helping cover large industry-only trade shows. It was only in the latter part of 2019 that I put two and two together and realized I should be doing the same thing for something I’ve loved my whole life — golf. This is the culmination of a hobby that started as a child, a hobby that turned into a passion as an adult, and finally a passion that turned into The Golden Ferret.