AKRON, N.Y. (WIVB) - A new game of golf invented in Japan has made its way to the U.S., right here in Akron, N.Y.
Western New York native Dick Beyer, better known as 'The Destroyer' was a beloved professional wrestler in Japan.
Beyer made a lot of friends there, but he never had much luck when they took him out to the golf course. Things turned around for Beyer's golf future when he was challenged to a game of park golf and he won.
The Destroyer fell in love with the game and now, 30 years after it was created, he helped bring it to America. Sunday was the grand opening of The Destroyer Park Golf Course in Akron. It's similar to the traditional game of golf, with some differences.
Beyer explains the game saying: "Park golf is a smaller version of golf. It's played with one club, one ball, and the hole is bigger. It's about eight inches [and] you don't have to remove the flag. The holes are between 20 and 100 yards but it still has par 3 and par 5, just like any other golf game would have."
Beyer's daughter says the differences make it a game anyone can play. "The most avid golf player, and someone who's new to a hand-eye sport will have a blast playing together," he said.
Japan has 1,300 park golf courses. Members of the Nippon Golf Association came to Akron to help open the course.
It costs $8 for 18 holes which includes club and ball rental.
The Destroyer is proud to help bring the sport home to the land he owns and lives just two houses down from.
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