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Breaking Par and Breaking Records: A Look at the Most Fascinating Golf Entries in the Guinness World Records

Fascinating Golf Entries In the Guinness World Records

Setting a world record isn’t easy and takes going the extra mile that most people do. Although some records sound quite interesting, making history as a golfer might be more challenging than in most fields. Some records are easier to challenge than others. For instance, breaking a record for most holes played in a year only takes a lot of determination from your end and maybe some savings in the bank to ensure you can play without going to work all year. However, breaking Tiger Wood’s record for most weeks ranked at number one may take more than skill and luck. We list some of the most fascinating golf entries in the Guinness World Records.

Top 10 Amazing Golf World Records

Fastest Round of Golf

The record for the fastest round played by an individual where the ball comes to rest before each new stroke is held by James Carvill at 27 min 9 sec. Carvill hit the record on 18 June 1987 at Nothern Ireland’s 18-hole, 6154-yard Warrenpoint Golf Course.

On 31 July 2022, South Africa’s Zwartkop Country Club members set the record for the fastest round of golf by a team at 11 min 55.32 seconds in Centurion, Gauteng.

Most Weeks Ranked Number One

Tiger Woods holds the forte for the most weeks ranked as world number one at 683, in the period ranging from 15 June 1997 and 17 May 2014. The highly-decorated golfer also leads in the longest consecutive streak at number one at 281 weeks from 12 June 2005 to 30 October 2010.

Longest Competition Drive

The longest drive in a professional competition was recorded in 1974’s U.S. National Seniors Tournament by 64-year-old Mike Austin. Playing at the then Winterwood Golf Course (now the Desert Rose), Austin hit a stunning 515-yard drive, although the 35mph tailwind worked in his favor and the course also sits over 2,000m above sea level.

Lowest Score Over 18 Holes

On 12 May 2012, while playing at the par 71, 6,700-yard River Oaks Golf Club in Edmond, Oklahoma, Australian golfer Rhein Gibson managed a score of 55, effectively setting the record for the lowest score over 18 holes.

Most Holes Played in a Year

If you are wondering how many holes a committed golfer can play in a calendar year, Canadian golfer Chris Adam has the perfect answer. Adam played a total of 14,625 holes at Hawaii’s King Kamehameha Golf Club in Wailuku. Throughout 2012, he played 809 full rounds and seven half rounds.