Monthly Archives: May 2019

Foot Golf

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I hadn’t heard of Foot Golf until a few years ago when a youth minister friend told me about it.  We took students one summer to play and had a great time so I put it on the date list.

What is Foot Golf?  It is golf with a soccer ball and no golf club.  You take the ball to the tee box and kick it towards the flag.  The hole is obviously big enough for a soccer ball.  Each kick is the same as a golf swing.  The holes vary between about 170 yards and 90 yard and they all have the appropriate par assigned to them.

We went out to the Harvey Penick Golf Course where they have a nine hole golf course and a Foot Golf course that is eighteen holes.  The Foot Golf course is a part of the regular golf course so they have limited times when you can play.  It can also be difficult to schedule because they only let you book it five days ahead of time.  We purchased a Groupon so it only cost us $12.40.  It would have cost $15.50, but I used a Groupon code to save more.  That cost includes 18 holes and soccer balls for two people.

We dropped the kids at school and went early in the morning to avoid the heat.  I took us about 90 minutes (I think) to play the course.  You cannot wear cleats, but if you can wear shoes with a harder toe it might save your some pain.  I’d also bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen with you.  There used to be water stations, but I didn’t see any this time through.

Visit an Art Museum

downloadWe are not what most people would consider “cultured.”  If you’ve read the blog you’ve already discovered we’re more likely to be at a rodeo than the opera.  In fact, you can probably put money down right now on the fact that there won’t be a blog post about the opera or the orchestra (although if that is your thing it could be a great date for you).

Raley (the twelve year old) and I stepped outside of the norm and headed down to the Blanton Museum of Art on a Sunday afternoon after church.  This was not on the top of her list of things to do.  The conversation on the drive was mostly a list of all the things she’d rather be doing than going to an art museum . . . so if your kids complain about the things you do to make memories, just remember you aren’t alone.  I wasn’t going to say it out loud, but I was a little suspect of the experience myself, but wanted to try something new.

I can’t speak for all art museums, but I absolutely loved the Blanton Museum of Art and Raley didn’t hate it, which was a win.  It isn’t made for a soon-to-be teenager, so “not hating it” is a pretty big win.

There were paintings from hundreds of years ago and when you look up close you are blown away by the detail.  There were some rooms of contemporary art as well. One of my favorite displays had a room all to itself.  I posted a picture below, but the picture doesn’t give it justice.  There were bones hanging from the ceiling, communion wafers in a tower in the middle of 300,000 pennies, and it was all surrounded by curtains.  I’m sure there was some significance I’ll never understand, but I enjoyed it because it just looked pretty cool . . . and I’ve never seen $3,000 in pennies.

The other highlight of the day was the typewriter, which was a hands-on display in the literary exhibit.  Raley sat down at it and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her try to figure out how to insert the paper.  When she pushed the first key and the typewriter’s metal letter swung forward and struck the ribbon on the paper she literally jumped back in her seat.  It reminded me of how far we’ve come technologically and how old I am now.

I’ll probably go back on a date with my wife one day since it is definitely geared more towards adults.  The cost is $12 for an adult, $5 for a teenagers, and kids are free.  Thursdays are free (don’t purchase a ticket because they can’t refund them) so you could make this a really cheap date night!

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