PGA Professional Luke Willett raced around a trio of Surrey’s finest golf courses – Worplesdon, West Hill and Woking – in just 2 hours 47 minutes as part of his latest fundraising effort for the Golf Foundation.
Willett, who also goes by the name as ‘The Iron Golfer’, shot rounds of 75, 81 and 77 around the three tracks respectively on August 7, and his overall time for the 20-mile plus challenge included running between each course.
Starting out just before sunrise, on what was one of the hottest days of the year, Willett had already completed his challenge shortly after 8am, just as golfers at Woking Golf Club were setting out for their first hole of the day.
This latest challenge was part of Willett’s continued fundraising efforts for the Golf Foundation, which offers life-changing opportunities to young people through golf. Last year, he cycled 830 miles around the UK to play all 14 courses on The Open rota, carrying his four golf clubs on his bike in all weathers, in just 10 days. And in 2018 he took part in the Three Peaks Challenge, where he climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike in one day with a golf bag strapped to his back.
Speaking after completing his latest challenge, Willett said: “Creating a little piece of history is a lot of fun. Playing 54 holes, carrying my clubs and running the roads between the courses, sounded like a challenge that suited me down to the ground. Wow, 2 hours and 47 minutes is fast. That has got to be a record!”
Following this latest performance, Willett is already planning his next adventure, which will include running, swimming, climbing and golfing over fells, mountains, and across water in late August. In preparation for the challenge he has run nine marathons in the last nine weeks.
To donate to Luke’s fundraising efforts, visit https://bit.ly/2lFLQbS