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.

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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 team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five 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 off of a six handicap. 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!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV