Speed golf: Briton sets new Guinness world record

Slow play has long been a curse of golf but not when Steve Jeffs is about.The Briton is the new world record h...

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 12:42 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 12:42 PM

Slow play has long been a curse of golf but not when Steve Jeffs is about.

The Briton is the new world record holder for the "fastest hole of golf" after completing a 500-yard par-five hole in just one minute and 50.6 seconds.

Briton breaks longstanding world record

Jeffs completed 500-yard hole in 1:50.6 secs

Speed golfers complete 18 holes in about 90 minutes

The 31-year-old physical education teacher's lung-busting record was set at the UK's Tiverton Golf Club last August and was recently ratified by Guinness World Records.

His time betters a mark of one minute 52 seconds set by fellow Brit Phil Naylor back in 2005.

"I probably spent four months working on my sprinting," Jeffs told CNN. "When I first tried (to break the record) I got quite close and thought it would be easy."

The rule for the record attempt, according to Guinness World Records, is that the hole must be at least 500 yards long. The clock begins the moment the ball is first struck and stops when it drops into the hole. The golfer can ride in a cart, but must finish the hole with as many clubs as they started with.

Jeffs chose to sprint between shots instead of riding, but on the day of the record attempt he almost ran out of puff.

"I only had three attempts," he explains. "My first two failed because I went out a bit too hard."

The nine handicapper had just enough in the tank for one final attempt, taking three shots to get onto the green before stopping the clock with the simplest of tap-ins after his first putt rolled up millimeters short of the cup.

As the news sunk in Jeffs dropped to his knees in joyful exhaustion before being swamped by well-wishers including his wife Kelly who had been holding the flag.

The new landmark means that British golfers now hold the individual and team world records.

Last October, European Tour pros Ian Poulter, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Southgate clocked a time of 32.70 seconds at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Belek Antalya, Turkey.

Keeping 'fit and healthy'

Jeffs is an enthusiastic promoter of speed golf -- a fast-paced version of the game where players complete 18 holes in about 80-90 minutes.

The father of two is hopeful his new record-breaking feat will inspire his daughters and encourage more people to take up the sport.

Visit CNN.com/golf for more news and features

"I feel like speed golf can improve people's golf and also keep them fit and healthy," he said.

"I want to have a legacy for my daughters and I also want to people to recognise British SpeedGolf. The sport is growing and growing and there are plenty of fit golfers who can get involved."

West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
Kokomo
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 68°
Rensselaer
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 72°
Fowler
Broken Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 72°
Williamsport
Broken Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 71°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
69° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 69°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 68°
Delphi
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Monticello
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
Logansport
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Active Pattern Ahead
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 73287

Reported Deaths: 3036
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15701725
Lake7496275
Elkhart480184
Allen3835163
St. Joseph342381
Hamilton2723104
Vanderburgh192213
Hendricks1871108
Cass17869
Johnson1741118
Porter129439
Clark120247
Tippecanoe118911
Madison94365
LaPorte89430
Howard88465
Kosciusko84712
Bartholomew78047
Marshall77422
Floyd77246
Monroe74630
Delaware71452
Dubois68712
Boone67246
Noble66329
Hancock64738
Vigo61910
Jackson5855
Warrick57930
LaGrange55710
Shelby54627
Grant52630
Dearborn49628
Morgan46734
Clinton4303
Henry37620
Wayne36810
White36110
Montgomery35221
Lawrence34227
Decatur33532
Harrison32723
Putnam2868
Miami2692
Scott26610
Daviess26420
Greene24634
Franklin24114
Jasper2342
DeKalb2304
Jennings22412
Gibson2214
Steuben2073
Ripley1997
Fayette1867
Carroll1852
Perry18412
Starke1777
Posey1700
Orange16924
Wabash1653
Fulton1642
Wells1622
Jefferson1602
Knox1510
Whitley1516
Washington1391
Tipton1379
Spencer1313
Huntington1223
Newton11810
Randolph1184
Clay1165
Sullivan1131
Adams962
Jay910
Owen871
Pulaski791
Rush764
Brown731
Fountain732
Blackford632
Ohio635
Benton610
Pike530
Parke511
Vermillion490
Switzerland460
Crawford440
Martin430
Union390
Warren221
Unassigned0202

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events