Starting a new year, many make resolutions to make changes to their life from quitting drinking or smoking, to eating more fruit and veg and getting more exercise. I think we can all agree that getting exercise, especially walking 18 holes is a great way to stay fit and healthy, even if we do like to have a pint on the 19th hole.
Many start the new year looking at what areas to improve in their game but why not take it a step further! We have found 10 interesting world records in the world of golf, what better bragging rights to say you are a world record holder, some maybe more achievable that others. Here at PlayMoreGolf are our top 10:
Number 10 – Longest throw of a golf club
Date: 27 October 2020
The world record holder for this is a gentleman called Zach Blenkinsopp who managed to throw a Ben Hogan Medallion 60.7 metres in Alabama USA. Not an easy task to achieve.
Number 9 – Fastest round of golf (fourball)
Date: 12 November 2017
As part of a fundraising event at Rotorua Golf Club in New Zealand, four gentleman Matthew Dalton, Steven Holloway, Landyn Edwards and Michael Ryan managed to complete 18 holes in 48 minutes 56 seconds! That is some great team work, especially as I think we all know someone who likes to take their time during 18 holes.
Number 8 – Largest collection of golf balls
Date: March 2003
The largest collection of golf balls, world record belongs to Ted Hoz from Lousiana USA. Ted has collected 74,849. If they were set in line one in front of the other, they extend almost 2 miles. One question remains, is where would you keep them all?
Number 7 – Longest throw of a golf ball
Date 20 August 1992
This record is coming up to 30 years old which shows what a great achievement it was for Stefan Uhr from Sweden who managed to throw a golf ball 120.2 m (34 ft 5 in).
Number 6 – Most golf tees in a beard
Date: 21 November 2019
This record is something you would expect to have been achieved during lockdown but was actually achieved before we knew what COVID was back in November 2019. Joel Strasser from the United States managed to get 607 golf tees in his beard. That is one impressive beard! Joel also holds the record for most toothpicks in his beard. Have a look at his tee beard in its full glory by clicking here.
Number 5 – Largest golf lesson
Date: 23 January 2011
Now this is rather impressive and takes a hell of a lot of organising. In Mexico at the El Camaleon Golf Course, 1073 people completed a 30-minute lesson back in 2011. The club offered a free lesson every month, but this was the first time they went over 1,000 attendees. All attendees had to participate for the full 30 minutes.
Number 4 – Fastest golf drive
Date: 23 January 2013
I think we all like to feel that we hit the golf ball with a bit of pace, this record again like many in our top 10 was achieved in America in Orlando Florida by Ryan Winther. He recorded the fastest golf drive which was recorded at 217.1 mph (349.38 kilometres). This is not quite as fast as the worlds fastest public train the Shanghai Maglev at 286 mph, but it’s one impressive drive.
Number 3 – Longest journey in a golf cart
Date: 14 January 2017
This amazing achievement was achieved in Hyderabad in India with the longest journey in a golf cart recorded at 1034.6 miles (1665.138km). It is not exactly travelling in comfort, but Morugadi Venkata Krishna Reddy , Morugadi Vanaja and Morugadi Vamshi Krishna Reddy toured throughout India between 14-22 January 2017 to set this current record.
Number 2 – Longest golf shot caught
Date: 18 June 2005
A little bit closer to home, this record was achieved at St Andrew Bay Golf Resort and Spa, Scotland. Ian Cahill caught the longest golf shot at just over 182 metres (200 yds). For those who was wondering who hit the shot. This was done by Phil Naylor with a Callaway X3.
Number 1 – Fastest hole of golf by an individual
Date: 25 June 2019
Can you beat Thomas Detry’s current record for the fastest hole of golf by an individual on a hole measuring up to 500 yards? Thomas managed to complete the 10th hole of the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina in 1 minute 29.62 seconds. You can watch the video on the Guinness World Record website. Definitely worth a watch.
For anyone thinking they would like to give a record attempt a try don’t forget to do this along side a fundraising event, we would always recommend our Charitable Partner Prostate Cancer UK. See all the current golf records by visiting the Guinness World Records.
To get that practice in, why not explore all the PlayMoreGolf clubs that are available to join or to use your Flexi Points at. Get fit, get active and break those records!