I'm Playing One Hole At 18 Different Courses In One Day - Here's why...

On July 13 Mike Harris will be teaming up with broadcaster and fellow golfer Genelle Aldred to play an 18-hole round with a difference, to raise money for SANDS, the still born and neonatal death society

Mike Harris is getting ready for an 18-hole round of golf with a difference
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Rather than doing a normal 18-hole round, 36 or 54-hole day, we decided to do something different - driving round to 18 different courses in North London and Hertfordshire to play 1 HOLE AT EACH COURSE! 

Mike and Genelle

Mike and Genelle will be teaming up in July 

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It's a bit of a crazy schedule that will start one the 1st tee at Hampstead in North London at 5.00am and will finish (hopefully) around 9pm at Genelle's home course Mill Hill where we'll putt out on the 1st green. 

In between we'll be stopping in at the following clubs (fingers crossed) at the times listed...

05:45 - Highgate 
06:30 - Muswell Hill
07:30 - North Middlesex
08:40 - Bush Hill Park 
09:40 - Enfield
10:30 - Crews Hill 
11:30 - Hadley Wood 
12:20 - Old Fold Manor 
13:15 - The Shire London 
14:10 - Dyrham Park
15:15 - Brookmans Park 
16:15 - Essendon (Old) 
16:45 - Essendon (New)
17.45 - Mill Green
18.45 - Welwyn Garden City
19.40 - Mid Herts

We'll need to play quickly and hope the traffic behaves!

If you want to support our challenge by making a donation then here’s our fundraising page.

Here's a little background on how the day came about....

Golf has a funny knack of connecting people. A few weeks ago an email dropped into my inbox from my friend Ray Nayabola, the founder of Black British Golfers

Hi Mike and Genelle
I wanted to send this email out to introduce and connect you both as I believe there are a lot of great things that can come from connecting you with each other. Genelle, Mike is the Editor of Golf Monthly Magazine, and more significantly an indispensable ally to a lot of the work we are doing as a platform. Mike, Genelle Aldred is a passionate golfer and also a fantastic Author and journalist with a book published and a number of op-eds too. I am sure I can write up on both your accolades and why I think this is well suited and overdue but I hope that the introduction in and of itself will satisfy. I look forward to seeing where this journey will lead.

I knew of Genelle as I follow her on instagram @chasingthecut and had read her brilliant piece for The Guardian earlier this year about getting into golf.

Genelle Aldred

Broadcaster, author and very keen golfer, Genelle Aldred

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As we got chatting, Genelle asked if Golf Monthly could help promote a golf challenge for a charity she was an ambassador for: SANDS. It stopped me in my tracks. 

SANDS is a charity I know a lot about because my wife and I lost two babies in late pregnancy – Christopher in 2007, and three years later in 2010, Rohaise. 

Losing Christopher and Rohaise has cast a huge shadow over our lives, bigger than we even realised at the time. Like a lot of people who have experienced loss, we made some fairly major life decisions in the immediate aftermath that seemed like a good idea at the time and were driven by a desire to inject some positivity and have a fresh start.

There have been some good things to have come out of those decisions, but a lot of bad too, and we’re still feeling the impact of them in ways we never thought possible. The reality is that 13 years on from losing Rohaise, we are, as a family, still picking up the pieces.

Losing the babies is not something I have ever written about before; but as part of her role as an ambassador for SANDS, Genelle has written about her loss and appeared on numerous podcasts talking about how losing her daughter Sade has impacted her life. 

As Genelle said in an email, “Losing a baby is a club that no one wants to be a member of”. But while the sadness of our losses is something that unites us, it’s also given us a common purpose – to try to make a positive difference with SANDS to help other families who are going through what we have.

Golf has always been so much more than a game for me; it’s given me an outlet when feelings of sadness or stress bubble up in my life. The golf course is a place to think and reflect and my time playing always helps me process whatever it is that’s going around in my mind, and last year I wrote about how golf helped me with some mental health challenges I was experiencing.

Mill Hill Golf Club

The 1st hole at Mill Hill Golf Club where the 18-hole charity challenge will conclude

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If you want to support our challenge by making a donation then here’s our fundraising page.

You’ll be able to follow the day on social media via @GolfMonthly on Twitter and Instagram and our own channels @genellealdred on Twitter and @chasingthecut on instagram for Genelle and @MikeHarrisGolf (Twitter) and @mickyh_1970 (Instagram) for me.

Mike Harris
Content Director

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history overseeing the brand until July 2023. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four golf clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.