Golfers Play 126 Holes In A Day

Two golfers at Woking Golf Club in Surrey played 126 holes for charity to mark the club's 125th anniversary

Golfers Play 126 Holes

Two golfers played 126 holes at Woking in a day to mark the club's 125th anniversary

Golfers Play 126 Holes In A Day

The oldest of the famous 3 W’s, Woking Golf Club, celebrates its 125th anniversary this summer.

Having seen vast improvements in course conditioning recently (and concomitant rise up the various ranking), two of the club’s staff decided to mark the occasion of the anniversary with an ambitious challenge, raising over £4,600 for JDRF (who fund research into type 1 diabetes).

Richard Pennell (left) and Harry James (right) on the 126th green

Last week, Assistant Professional Harry James and the Club’s Secretary Richard Pennell completed a marathon of golf – walking 125 holes in a single day.

Related: Woking Golf Club Course Review

The pair started at 4.05am and the first 3 rounds where completed by 9.15am. By 1.15pm, 5 rounds had been completed and the pair finished the 126th (playing down the last for good measure!) at 5.45pm.

Woking Golf Club

Each round was under 2 hours – true Ready Golf!

Richard’s best round was 79 (10 handicap) whilst amazingly Harry’s best was 71, his worst was a 76 and his final round, tired or not, was a 74.

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Richard’s worst round remains classified!

Woking's course record was broken

There was only one downside of this great achievement...the old lore at Woking about the new member asking what the course record was, only to be told 2 hours 28 minutes...is sadly no longer true!

Related: How far do you walk in a round of golf?

Press release from Woking Golf Club

Woking Golf Club ranks 86th in our UK'&I Top 100 Courses list.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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