So, after 31 junctions, 31 courses in 31 days, 558 holes, 2789 shots, 210 miles walked and £8k raised for Cancer Research UK, Trevor Sandford has decided to go on holiday!
Trevor’s tour of the M25 began at Mid Kent Golf Club on 1st August and finished at Orsett Golf Club on 31st August, the clubs were fantastic in their support as were the national and local media in promoting the challenge.
How did it begin? There he was, stuck in a traffic jam onLondon’s M25 and his mind began to wander….how many junctions are there on the M25? How many golf courses would there be at each junction? Has anyone ever ‘golfed’ the M25?
Did he enjoy it? Certainly he did, he has experienced a mini heat-wave, a monsoon, friendly club members, not so friendly club members, Spa treatments, blisters, a strained thumb, a dodgy knee and multiple bee stings on both legs.
He’s been interviewed live from the course by a BBC Radio in Kent and Essex, snapped by the National Press and he’s met Olympic medallist – Steve Blackley!
He’s played at Stoke Park in a Trilby, attended the X-Factor boot camp with Gary Barlow at The Grove AND Sir Nick Faldo has tweeted his odyssey!
Despite starting with a handicap of 12, its now 13 (!), Trevor is thrilled to finish, as is his wife, who has a list of jobs for him to now complete at home. Backed by the social networking site for golfers TheSocialGolfer.com (TSG) Trevor wrote a daily blog on the site, recording his scores, tracking his stats, counting the coffees, the blisters, the miles and the putts and to date it has received nearly 4,000 hits!!
Read more here: go to www.thesocialgolfer.com
Each course donated a tee time free of charge; the golfers joining him just paid the standard green fee; this and any additional donations went directly to Cancer ResearchUK. And now for the important bit, thanks to fellow TSGers and his friends he’s raised £8k!
What next? 31 courses in 31 countries in 31 days? Let’s see how he feels after the holiday!!
The Courses Played
Junction 1 – MidKent GC, Kent (August 1st)
J2 -Birchwood Park, Dartford,Kent
J3 – The London Club, Kent
J4 – Broke Hill, Kent
J5 -Wildernesse, Kent
J6 – North Downs, Surrey
J7 – Surrey Downs, Surrey
J8 – Walton Heath, Surrey
J9 – Tyrell’s Wood, Surrey
J10 – Burhill, Surrey
J11 – Foxhills, Surrey
J12 – Ashford Manor, Middlesex
J13 – Laleham, Surrey
J14 – Datchet, Surrey
J15 -Thorney Park, Buckinghamshire
J16 – Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
J17 – Northwood, Middlesex
J18 -Moor Park, Hertfordshire
J19 – The Grove, Hertfordshire
J20 – Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
J21 – Aldenham, Hertfordshire
J22 -DyrhamPark, Hertfordshire
J23 – The Shire, Hertfordshire
J24 – Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire
J25 – The Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire
J26 -West Essex, Essex
J27 – Abridge, Essex
J28 – Stapleford Abbotts, Essex
J29 – Romford, Essex
J30 -Thorndon Park, Essex
J31 – Orsett, Essex