Pretoria golf adventurer hunting his latest world record

Pretoria's renowned golf adventurer and entrepreneur, Heinrich du Preez (right) and a friend will try to travel 2000km in a golf cart in only eight days. Photo: Golf Car SA

Pretoria’s renowned golf adventurer and entrepreneur, Heinrich du Preez, already holds 18 golf-related world records, of which many are officially recognized by the famous Guinness Book of Records.

Du Preez’s latest attempt to improve an official Guinness World Record started on Sunday 4 November at the Serengeti Gold Club near Pretoria.

According to the official Guinness World Record website, the longest journey in a golf cart is 1665,14 km (1034.6 miles). This record was achieved by three Indian nationals, who toured throughout India from 14-22 January 2017.

Having fun on the open road

Posted by Longest journey on Sunday, 4 November 2018

Du Preez and a friend, Gunter Engels, will attempt to break the three Indians’ record over a period of eight days until 11 November.

To make this Guinness World Record attempt even more challenging, Du Preez and Engels will attempt to cover more than 2 000km in a shorter period that the Indians took to set their record. On top of that, they intend to play a round of golf to start each day.

To break the Indians’ record, they will have to travel around 400km more in one less day.

The two men will make this onslaught on the record a standard golf cart without any modifications, as stipulated by the Guinness World Record organization. The cart will be sponsored and maintained by Golf Car SA whilst on route.

From Serengeti, Du Preez and Engels made their way to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga on Sunday. After playing the Nelspruit Golf Club on Monday morning, their journey took them to Phalaborwa in the Limpopo Province where their next round of golf will be played at the Hans Merensky Golf Club.

Then follows the town of Musina, where they will play the Musina Golf Club on day four and Lephalale’s Mogol Golf Club will be next on day five.

The Sun City resort and the Lost City golf course will follow on day six, after which they will head off to the Goldfields West Golf Club in Carletonville on day seven.

Delayed tee off this morning due to a "light drizzle"

Posted by Longest journey on Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Their trip will end off where it started, with their final round at the Serengeti Golf Club on Sunday 11 November.

These two adventurers will travel in excess of 12 hours per day, at an average speed of 25km/h.

The aim with this Guinness World Record attempt is to raise awareness, and collect Teddy Bears from the Golfing fraternity in support of Golfing for Teddy, an annual initiative where golfers and companies within the golfing industry work together to collect Teddy Bears which are then handed out to kids who spent Christmas in hospital. Last year close to a thousand Teddy Bears were collected and delivered.

The public can follow Du Preez and Engels on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/longestcartjourney/

Posted by Longest journey on Tuesday, 6 November 2018

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Koos Venter
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