Golfer breaks World Record for fastest individual hole in golf

PE teacher smashes new world record time in Devon. 

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 5 Jan 2018


A PE teacher from the UK has broken the record for the fastest individual hole of golf, completing a 500-yard par-5 in just 1 minute 50.6 seconds.

Steve Jeffs, 31, broke Phil Naylor's 2005 record of 1 minute and 52 seconds on the first hole at Tiverton Golf Club in Devon.

Although Jeffs broke the record in August 2017, video evidence has only just been released on the Guinness Book of World Records YouTube page.

The rules permit use a golf cart to travel from shot to shot but Jeffs decided to run between every shot.

Watch how Jeffs got the job done here...

Here's Jeffs' account of the feat...

"On 25th Aug 2017 at 6:20pm I managed to out run a previous record set for a 500 yard par 5 (1:52)," said Jeffs. 

"Following months of sprint training, I was ready to attempt the record officially. 12 volunteers were on hand to meet the rigorous criteria Guinness requires for record verification. Despite the nerves and the pressure, I set to work ensuring everything was in place; two timers in a buggy, two witnesses, ball spotters, flag tender & baby sitter!"

"After several initial runs, the perfect conditions of no wind and favourable light would soon dissipate. Final Attempt – The drive was a beautiful long straight drive, I held back on the first sprint and took an extra breath, stood over the second shot, connected and hit a shot to the perfect position, just left of the fairway; sat up in the rough around 40 yards out."

"Last chance to hit a decent pitch – I did! It landed in front of the green and rolled out to 5 feet past the pin. A simple uphill putt was left, centimetres from the hole, tap in. Done!"

"There was a moment of suspense, both the timers confirmed 1:50.6 ! (1 minute 50 seconds). Bewildered and relieved, I collapsed in a heap followed by a scrum of celebratory supporters!"