Iron Golfer Luke Willett Completes Barefoot 18 Holes In 42 Minutes

Golf is back in England! Nobody played a faster round than Luke Willett...

Iron Golfer Luke Willett
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Golf is back in England! And nobody played a faster round than Luke Willett...

Iron Golfer Luke Willett Completes Barefoot 18 Holes In 42 Minutes

Golf is back in England after a 12 week break as lockdown measures begin to ease.

Whilst many of us will be enjoying a leisurely four hour stroll, one golfer managed to complete 18 holes in less than 45 minutes!

Luke Willett, or the Iron Golfer as he's known, teed off at Woking Golf Club barefooted with just four clubs in the bag and got round in 42 minutes and 84 shots.

The PGA Pro even managed to keep the same ball for all 18 holes, not bad after three months off!

Luke teed off at 6.30am and tapped in his putt for an 84 just before 7.15am.

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"The morning was bright and early, woke up when it was dark outside by that's nothing unusual for me I'm a busy dad. I love to get out early and get my training in early so I can get back home for the kids and stuff," Luke told Golf Monthly.

"Woke up at 4.20am or something like that, hit the road, got to the golf course nice and early, teed off at 6.30, which was pretty much as soon as I took my shoes off, I was like 'Ah man I can feel the cold, better get going.'

"Then that video you posted recently, that was me whacking it down there. Fortunately it went straight, next one went straight and actually the mad thing about today was I played with my original ball from the first shot to that final hole."

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The barefooted 18 holes is just one of many incredible challenges Willett has undertaken.

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Last year he played the three W's (Woking, West Hill and Worplesdon) in under three hours!

In 2019, he played all 14 Open Championship venues in 10 days, cycling between each one.

He has also completed 18 holes at Sunningdale Heath Golf Club in just 26 minutes.

This latest challenge was in preparation for a mega 65 mile barefooted golf/running adventure on the Isle of Arran in June, where he'll be raising money for the Golf Foundation.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x