Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne Set For Golfing Extravaganza

The pair will be playing 18 holes in 18 different cricketing counties in one day for charity

Ian Botham and Shane Warne
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Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne will play 18 holes in 18 different cricketing counties culminating at The Belfry to raise money for the Beefy Foundation

Ian Botham and Shane Warne Set For Golfing Extravaganza

Cricket superstars Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne will be playing 18 holes of golf tomorrow all in the name of charity.

Except they won't be playing a regular 18 holes. The pair will be teeing it up on a hole in 18 of the UK's cricketing counties.

They'll be starting at 6am in County Durham and taking a helicopter from hole to hole.

Their schedule shows that they should be due to arrive at The Belfry at around 7.30pm, where they will play the world famous risk-and-reward 10th hole on The Brabazon.

Ian Botham and Shane Warne

The drivable par-4 10th on The Belfry's Brabazon Course

The unique challenge will be filmed by Sky Sports throughout the day as they aim to raise money for the Beefy Charity Foundation.

The Foundation helps to fund specific projects relating to chronic illnesses and other challenges that young people face.

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James Stewart, Resort Director at The Belfry is looking forward to the event: “We are delighted to be a part of this one-off challenge and to be able to show our support for such a worthy cause. Ian and the team at the Beefy Foundation do an excellent job, and this is yet another challenge which will capture the public’s interest.”

“All of our courses are in fantastic condition, and I hope that taking on the challenge of the iconic 10th hole will become a highlight of their day,” continued Stewart. “We look forward to welcoming both Ian and Shane to the resort, as they add their names to the impressive and ever-growing list of VIPs to visit The Belfry.”

The Beefy Charity Foundation currently supports Brain Tumour Research & Support, Batten Disease Family Association, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Bloodwise, and Juvenile Diabetes Research 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 three Open Championships on-site 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 between 3-5. 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.


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