Since today’s game began in Scotland in 1457, the golfing world has seen numerous records set – and often beaten – over the years. While some of these records are only likely to be beaten by the very best pros of the future, there are other more quirky and unusual records that are accessible to amateurs too.
We’ve pulled together a round-up of some of the best world records that exist in golf – from the downright impressive pro achievements, to the really quite bizarre benchmarks!
Fastest hole of golf by a team of four
We’re starting with the most recent record to be broken: Team England – consisting of Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Matthew Southgate – took part in a record attempt along with teams from France (the former record holders) and South Africa. With a time of 32.70 seconds, the Brits made it into the Guinness record book.
Youngest player to hit a hole in one
Impressively, American whizzkid Christian Carpenter was just 4 years and 195 days old when he hit his first hole-in-one at the Mountain View Golf Club, North Carolina in 1999. Unsurprisingly, he’s now a pro golfer.
Longest hole in the world
If you want a real challenge, pay a visit to the Satsuki golf course in Sano, Japan, which boasts the longest hole in the world. Measuring in at 964 yards, this par-7 7th hole is known to be exhausting to play.
Longest golf putt in a major tournament
This record is shared by Jack Nicklaus and Nick Price, who have both recorded a 33.5m holed putt. Nicklaus achieved his record in the 1964 Tournament of Champions, while for Price, it was at the 1992 United States PGA.
Fastest team round of golf
Another record for the Brits here: on May 31st, 2015, members of Farnham Golf Club completed a round in a charity event in Farnham, Surrey, in just 13 minutes and 42 seconds. Way to go lads!
Oldest golf course
The honour of being the oldest golf course in the world goes to the Old Course at St Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland. Written evidence from way back in 1552 documents how people were allowed to play golf on the Links all those centuries ago.
The Guinness World Records site is also home to some weird and wonderful golfing records – including the longest usable golf club (8.56m, created by Michael Furrh of the USA in 2016), the fastest golf cart (118.76mph as recorded at the Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, South Carolina in 2014), and the most golf balls held in one hand – here, Silvo Sabba managed a whopping 27 in Pioltello, Italy, in 2012. Records like these just go to show that while many golfing world records will be near impossible to beat for most, there are always alternatives for those happy to make a name for themselves in a more unique way.
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