British man breaks record for fastest hole of golf ever played


Golf has been humorously described as “a good walk spoiled.” Steve Jeffs sees it more as a fast sprint rewarded.

Jeffs, a 31-year-old physical education teacher from England, recently set the Guinness World Record for playing the fastest golf hole. To qualify for the world record, Guinness mandates that the hole must be at least 500 yards long.

So, on Aug. 25, 2017, at the Tiverton Golf Club in Devon, England, Jeffs set out to break the record on the 500-yard par-5 first hole.

Now, according to Guinness, you are allowed to use a golf cart between shots, but Jeffs had been training for months, so he decided to run between holes instead.

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The previous record was set in 2005 by Brit Phil Naylor on the first hole of the Devlin course at St. Andrews Bay Golf Resort and Spa in Scotland. Naylor did it in 1 minute, 52 seconds. Jeffs did it in 1 minute, 50 seconds — timed from the when he made contact off the drive to the moment the ball dropped in the hole.

On the British Speed Golf blog, Jeffs provided an account of how he did it. It didn’t happen on the first attempt, but, under the watchful eye of Guinness monitors, it all came together on one perfectly executed hole.

“The drive was a beautiful long straight drive, I held back on the first sprint and took an extra breath, stood over the second shot, connected and hit a shot to the perfect position, just left of the fairway; sat up in the rough around 40 yards out,” wrote Jeffs.

“Last chance to hit a decent pitch โ€“ I did! It landed in front of the green and rolled out to 5 feet past the pin. A simple uphill putt was left, centimetres from the hole, tap in. Done!”

“There was a moment of suspense, both the timers confirmed 1:50.6 ! (1 minute 50 seconds). Bewildered and relieved, I collapsed in a heap followed by a scrum of celebratory supporters!” added Jeffs.

He did it in August, but it took several months for Guinness to ratify the results, which it did in December, making it one of the official golf records.

Speed golf is actually a sport, not just a one-off passion of Jeffs.

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“I hope those watching have a think about Speedgolf and try it one day and maybe a few people who see the photos and videos online might do the same; itโ€™s a great sport, fantastic for fitness and a lot of FUN!” said Jeffs.

If Jeffs could keep it up for a full round, he might have a shot at the record for the fastest 18 holes: 26 minutes and 37 seconds.

Now that’s a guy you want playing in front of you, but not behind you.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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