Fourball’s 189 hole golf challenge in St Andrews

Four Scottish golfers are aiming to break the world record for the most consecutive different golf holes played by a fourball in a single day, and will attempt it in St Andrews “The Home of Golf.”

The four friends, all former students at St Andrews University, will attempt to play all 11 golf courses in and around the Fife coastal town in one calendar day on 20th June 2013.

They are doing it to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership and HCPT: The Pilgrimage Trust.

Graeme Dawson, Gary Davidson, Ally Love and Angus Watson will attempt to complete each of the 189 golf holes in and around St Andrews, including the world famous “Road Hole” at the Old Course, which has hosted The Open on 28 occasions.

St Andrews 189 hole challenge 2013
Four Scottish golfers will attempt 189 holes in one day at the Home of Golf

50 miles – 11 courses – no carts – carrying all the way
The challenge will see the foursome travel more than 50-miles on foot as they play eleven different golf courses carrying their own clubs and playing to the strict rules of golf.

The first ball in the 189-hole challenge will be struck at 3:15am on June 20th and see the group play some of the world’s most famous courses:

  • St Andrews Old Course
  • New, Jubilee, Eden, Strathtyrum, Balgove at Castle courses run by St Andrews Links Trust
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links, regularly ranked as one of the Top-10 courses in the world
  • The Torrance and The Kittocks courses at Fairmont St Andrews Resort
  • The Old Course Hotels’ Duke’s Course

St Andrews Old, where golf is widely believed to have been conceived, will be the third course on the groups’ itinerary at 6.20am.

The Swilken Bridge at The Old Course St Andrews
The Old Course is course 3 on the 189-hole challenge

Three of the 2013 challengers completed ten St Andrews courses in one calendar day in 2007, but with the addition of the Castle Course in 2008, the offering in the town has increased to eleven courses.

“There aren’t many places in the world that you can play so many different, quality golf courses within such a short distance,” said Graeme Dawson.

“It took us around 19 hours to play ten courses in 2007, so we’re hoping we can squeeze another one in. When the Castle Course was built we knew we would need to do it again, and we’re hugely grateful to the courses for giving us the opportunity to take on the challenge.”

Ally Love, said: “We all know the courses well having studied or lived in the town for a number of years, so hopefully we know how to keep out of trouble and play as quickly as possible; it’s just a case of hitting the ball where we want to.

We’ve had fantastic support from everyone who has heard about the challenge so hopefully we can raise some great funds for our chosen charities.”

To donate to the chosen charities, please visit the official challenge website at: You can also follow the challengers’ preparations on Twitter (@standrews189) and Facebook.

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