Michigan’s Boyne Mountain Resort and News/Talk 760 WJR, a Detroit radio station, staged an event on Sunday, July 20 at the resort’s Monument course, at which the record was broken for Fastest Round of Golf (as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records).
Despite rainy conditions at the event’s start, over 40 participants, including many Boyne golf professionals, gathered for the attempt. Using three holes that were played six times consecutively to create a total “course” of 6,096 total yards (thus meeting the Guinness requirement that the record be set over a minimum of 6,000 yards), the players finished 18 holes in 7 minutes, 56 seconds. That broke the previous record of 8 minutes, 47 seconds set in 2003 at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Tex., in a promotion conducted by another radio station, Dallas-based WBAP, that is a sister station of WJR.
To complete the round at that pace, golfers were strategically placed on the course’s tee boxes, along the fairways and on the greens. The timing began once the opening tee ball was struck, with the golfers on the fairways then running to hit the ball as it came to rest. When golfers on the greens sunk putts to complete a hole, a player on the next hole immediately hit the next tee shot.
Video of the event, official timing, and two elected officials provided proper documentation and observation of the attempt, to meet other mandatory requirements established by Guinness—which will now review all of the material and determine if the new record is official.