What is The Longest Day?
The Longest Day is an endurance golf challenge designed to test your skill, strength and stamina. The challenge is to successfully complete four rounds of golf from dawn to dusk and raise funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
What is involved?
It’s simple – on the longest day of the year (or another date in December), you’ll play 72 holes of golf in one day to raise funds for Cancer Council.
When is the official The Longest Day?
The official day is Monday 16 December. However, you can hold your challenge anytime in December that suits best.
I can’t take on my challenge on Monday 16 December. Can I participate at another time?
Yes. You can take on your Longest Day challenge anytime in December, as long as it is approved by your local club.
What day should I choose to take on my 72-hole golf challenge?
Ideally, choose a day when the golf course is as quiet as possible. We recommend avoiding competition days and liaising closely with your Club Manager/team captain to plan the day as thoroughly as possible.
Can I play at any golf club?
Most golf clubs only allow members to play on their course. The clubs listed during registration are Host Clubs and are open to the public.
You can view the list of Host clubs here
If your club isn't listed, we have lots of helpful resources on how to get them on board. Visit ‘Where to Play’ for more information.
How do I book a course?
How much training will I need?
You don’t need to be a great athlete to play 72 holes in a day. However, keep in mind that you will be moving all day. In the two to three months leading up to December, do regular moderate exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or light gym work.
How do I register for The Longest Day?
You can register for The Longest Day by clicking on the ‘Register’ button.
How does the registration process work?
Team Captains invite their other team members via a social link (email, Facebook messenger or WhatsApp). Potential team members then follow the link to the team registration page.
How do I create my fundraising page?
Fundraising page will be created upon registration. You can log in and edit your details at any time.
Is there a registration fee?
No, it’s free to register. We just ask that you raise as much as you can to help people impacted by cancer.
How do I join a team?
When you register, simply hit the “join a team” option, find your team and follow the steps to complete your registration.
The team I want to join is not listed?
The team may be private. Ask the team captain to share the ‘join my team’ link with you.
Can I play alone?
We recommend playing in pairs to hasten the play. Plus 72 holes is more fun with friends.
I’m an amateur at golf. Can I take the challenge?
Yes. We encourage golfers of all levels to take The Longest Day golf marathon challenge.
Who can take part?
Anyone 18 years old and above can take part. Consult your doctor or physician before undertaking The Longest Day golf marathon challenge.
Where does my fundraising money go?
The funds you raise through your Longest Day challenge go directly to Cancer Council to help fund our work to create a future free from cancer. To find out more, check out the How Your Fundraising Helps page.
How do I collect donations?
Donations can be made through your fundraising page. Simply send the link to your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your efforts. Cash donations can be collected and deposited into the Cancer Council bank account. Contact us for more details.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible
Should I use the Facebook Donate fundraising option?
While you can fundraise by sharing your page URL on Facebook, we ask that you do not use Facebook's ‘Add a Donate Button’ or 'Create a Fundraiser'. This will process the donation through Facebook, and it won't appear on your Longest Day profile page. We will not be able to add this donation to your Longest Day fundraising.
On the day
How long will it take me to complete 72 holes of golf?
The 72 holes should take no longer than 14 hours to complete. Each round should take no more than 3.5 hours and will be quickened by playing in pairs.
What time should I start The Longest Day challenge?
Tee off as close to 5.30am or first light as possible. This will ensure you finish your challenge before dark.
Do I need to finish by a certain time?
Try and finish your 72-hole challenge by dusk. If you are not close to completing the challenge by dusk, finish the round and end your challenge there.
Can I have a caddie or take a cart?
Yes. We encourage players who cannot walk the entire 72 holes to have a caddie, take a cart, or a combination thereof.
Can the 72 holes be covered by more than one player?
The challenge is to individually complete the 72 holes in one day.
Give it a go, you'll be surprised at how well you will do and feel great after completing the ultimate golf challenge! Remember, playing using the Stableford method as recommended will assist in hastening play and some teams like to play in pairs to count the best score between them per hole before moving on. Good luck!
What should I do to make sure I am SunSmart during my challenge?
Playing 72 holes of golf will mean spending long hours in the heat of the day and exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Check out our tips and recommendations to how to best look after yourself on the day.
Can I take breaks throughout the day?
Yes. Taking regular breaks in shaded areas (if possible) throughout the day will ensure you stay hydrated and rested. Try to complete three rounds before taking a longer break.
What scoring system do I use?