As it celebrates Independence Day, the Romeoville, Ill., club is adding another event to its July 4th festivities: It will try to reclaim a Guinness Book of World Records feat for forming the longest continuous line of cooked hot dogs.
For the last 20 years, Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill. has hosted a “Stars & Stripes” tournament on July 4. Festivities over the years to commemorate America’s birthday have included costumed golfers, fireworks and entertainment on most holes of the golf course.
For this year’s event, Mistwood is hoping to reclaim a Guinness Book of World Records feat for forming the longest continuous line of cooked hot dogs. The record currently stands at 1,157 feet and is held by Nakakyushu Kubota of Japan.
“When we learned that there was an official world record for lining up hot dogs, our first thought was, ‘Wow, that’s awesome—of course there should be a record for that human achievement,’” said Jim Koklas, Mistwood’s Food & Beverage Director. “There are few things more American than the hot dog, and we decided it is time to bring this record home.
“On behalf of all Americans we are going to reclaim this title on July 4, guaranteed,” Koklas added.
Mistwood is partnering with Vienna Beef on the world record attempt, as the Chicago-based company celebrates its 125th anniversary and the kick-off to National Hot Dog month during July.
The event will kick off at about 2 p.m. on the 4th. Attending the world-record attempt is free and open to the public, as staff and volunteers start lining up hot dogs on tables that will stretch from the tee on Mistwood’s No. 3 hole to the green. No. 3 is a 550-yard par 5.
Because the record specifies that the hot dogs must be cooked, guests will have an opportunity to also have a free lunch and literally become a part of the history-making effort (or more accurately, have it become a part of them).
Mistwood, which opened in 1998, features an 18-hole course designed by architect Raymond Hearn, as well as a golf performance center and clubhouse facility. The course is wrapped around a 65-acre lake and features 19 Scottish-style sod-wall bunkers, bringing a feeling of Scotland to the Midwest.