IDB 40 Round Golf Challenge
Follow the team in our blog series as they prepare for and complete this epic challenge!
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Meet the team!
Get to know our four intrepid athletes! This challenge is harder than it looks! Be sure to show your support as the guys brave the Scottish Weather over three days with little chance for rest, food or sleep!
The challenge for the team starts with three stunning courses set in Ayrshire on Scotland’s West Coast. They may look beautiful, but this is by no means an easy start! Day 1 will require 17,800 yards and a Par of 209 for the day.
Sounds like an exhausting day: remember - that's only the beginning!
Day 1 of our challenge is sponsored by Hillhouse Quarry
Loudon Gowf Club
Founded in 1909, Loudon Gowf Course is a flat, tree lined course situated in the Heart of Ayrshire. This par 68 takes in just over 6000 yards and is the ideal start for our team on day 1 of 3!
Rowallan Castle Golf Club
Boasting a relaxing, country club atmosphere and set in 600 Acres of stunning Ayrshire Estate, This par 71 comes in at just over 6200 yards and with challenging 8th & 9th holes will start to ramp the pressure up for what's to come later in the week!
Ballochmyle Golf Course
The team will have a small reprieve with this final 5600 yards with a Par of 70 to end day 1. Ballochmyle Golf Course set in more stunning Ayrshire Scenery near the town of Mauchline draws the curtain down on day 1 of this challenge!
Day 2 is the tough one in this three-day challenge! Four courses and a 5AM start results in a lack of sleep and probable sore feet after the efforts of day 1 draw to a close! Day 2 is sponsored by Phoenix Taxis!
Starting with an initial round of 13 holes designed by Willie Fennie in 1901, Turnberry, overlooking the stunning Maidens coastline is one of the world’s most beautiful Golf Courses. Coming in with a par of 72 and a distance just shy of 6500 yards, I wonder if our team will be able to appreciate this on an early start and after an exhausting day 1!
The team then take to the Home of the Open! Travelling North along the coastline brings us to Prestwick, where the team will battle a Par 69 course stretching almost 7000 yards! Day 2 won't be getting any easier for the team!
The home stretch for the team starts with a whopping 7014 yards across the Western Gailes Golf Club. This Par 71 course takes its roots all the way back to 1897 and is wedged firmly between the West Coast Rail Line and the Ocean. Will the team have the stamina to keep their drives on the straight & narrow?
The team close out day 2 with another of the Stunning Golf courses on offer between the tracks and the sand! The Glasgow Gailes Golf Club is one of the world’s oldest, founded in 1781! This par 71 course stretches through 6900 yards of stunning Ayrshire Coast and is a perfect scenic end to the hardest day of this challenge!
The final day of this challenge takes in three more of Ayrshires Finest Golf Courses. Will the team have the energy to finish the challenge, let alone appreciate some of the finest courses in Scotland? Our sponsor for day 3 is The Potting Shed by Si!
Day 3 starts early at one of the worlds most iconic courses - Royal Troon!
The team will have to push through the pain on the final leg of this challenge as they take on over 7200 yards and a Par 71. Royal Troon was founded in 1878 and its beautiful setting makes the ideal start to the final day of this challenge!
After a bright and early start the team return for the final two rounds of this challenge to Irvine, first taking on Bogside Golf Course. This par 71 takes in just over 6500 yards and sets the scene nicely for the final round of golf!
Dundonald Links is the venue for the last part of this mammoth challenge. As the team make their way round this par 72 72 course we will look to mount one last push to help raise funds for the team in support of the bands efforts to raise money for Cheltenham!