What is The Longest Day?
The Longest Day is the ultimate golf challenge designed to test your skill, strength, and stamina. The aim is to successfully complete your challenge from dawn to dusk and raise funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention, and support services.
Do I have to complete 72 holes?
72 holes is the ultimate challenge, but this year there are three golf challenges for you to choose from – pick the one you think will test your skill, strength and stamina.
Challenge yourself to:
The Long Day - 36 holes (2 rounds)
The Longer Day - 54 holes (3 rounds)
The ultimate challenge: The Longest Day - 72 holes (4 rounds)
What is involved?
It’s simple – on the longest day of the year (or another date in December), you’ll take on your golf challenge in one day to raise funds for Cancer Council.
When is the official The Longest Day?
The official day is Monday 13 December. However, you can hold your golf challenge anytime in December that suits best.
I can’t take on my golf challenge on Monday 13 December. Can I participate at another time?
Yes. You can take on your golf challenge anytime in December or January, as long as it is approved by your chosen club.
What day should I choose to take on my golf challenge?
If signing up to join a registered club, select from their available dates. Or if contacting a club to ask them to get on board, we recommend choosing a day when the club is as quiet as possible and avoiding competition days. Liaise directly with your club.
Can I play at any golf club?
Most golf clubs only allow members to play on their course. However our generous Host Clubs are open to the public and happy for non-members to play for free. Some of our kind Promoter Clubs are also open to non-members to play for a fee.
Check back for details on 2021 registered clubs soon.
We also have lots of helpful resources on how to get your Club involved. Visit ‘Where to Play’ for more information.
How do I book a course?
Check the club list and then register and select your preferred club if spots are available.
You can play at the club you are a member of or select from one of the generous Host Clubs.
Check back for details on registered clubs soon.
Visit the ‘Where to Play’ page for some helpful resources and useful tips on how to get your Club on board!
The club I would like to play at doesn't have enough spots available for all members of my team.
Contact the club directly to see if they will allow those extra members of your team to play, otherwise, you will need to select another club that can accommodate your full team.
How much training will I need?
You don’t need to be a great athlete to play 36, 54 or 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?
Registrations will be open soon. Click here to register your interest for The Longest Day 2021 and we'll contact you when registrations open.
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 and follow the steps to complete your registration.
Can I play alone?
Yes of course. However, we recommend playing in pairs to hasten the play. Plus, whatever golf challenge you decide to take on, it’ll be more fun with mates!
I’m an amateur at golf. Can I take on the challenge?
Yes. We encourage golfers of all levels to take on The Longest Day golf challenge. There are different challenge options to suit each level although the aim is to challenge yourself – go on, you can do it!
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part, if you are younger than 18 years old you will need parental/guardian consent. Consult your doctor or physician before undertaking The Longest Day golf challenge.
For the Clubs
How can Clubs get involved?
Your club can get involved in three easy ways:
- Become a legendary Host Club – Open your club to non-members for the challenge and waive green fees.
- Be a Promoter Club – there are two options for registering as a Promoter Club this year:
- Open: Encourage members and be open for non-members to take on the challenge for a fee.
- Members-only: Private Clubs encouraging members only to take on the challenge.
Put up our promotional posters and flyers in your Pro shop and around the Club, share through newsletter call out and on social pages.
3. Be an ACE and put in a Club Team – challenge your golf Pro to take on a members team and raise funds for cancer research.
Check out our Clubs page for more information and get your club involved for 2021!
What does being a Host Club involve?
Being a Host Clubs means you will waive all green fees for participants of The Longest Day. As a thank you for this generous offer, Cancer Council will list you on their website, promote your club to participants and through social channels and be there to support you.
My Club is private or we can't afford to waive fees. How can we get involved?
No problem at all, you can become a Promoter Club:
- Put up promotional posters and flyers in your Pro shop and around the Club
- Encourage your members to take on this incredible challenge
- Look to allow non-members to take on the challenge (green fees apply)
- Use our helpful resources to help promote on social and in your club newsletters.
Are there any resources available to help my club promote the challenge?
Yes. We have lots of helpful Club Resources available to view on our Clubs page.
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
I donated to the wrong person, how do I change this?
Contact our team and we can fix that for you! To help us locate your donation, please provide your full name, email, donation amount, and date of donation.
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 my golf challenge?
72 holes should take no longer than 14 hours to complete. For the shorter distances, it will take you less time. 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?
If taking on 72 holes, we suggest you tee off as close to 5.30am or first light as possible. This will ensure you finish your challenge before dark. For the shorter distances, you can choose to start later in the day however we encourage you to be sun smart and take good care when out on the course.
Do I need to finish by a certain time?
Try and finish your golf 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 way (36, 54 or 72 holes) to have a caddie, take a cart, or a combination thereof.?
Can the challenge be covered by more than one player?
The challenge is to individually complete 36, 54 or 72 holes in one day. Give it a go, you'll be surprised at how well you will do and feel great after completing your 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!?
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. If taking on 72 holes, try to complete three rounds before taking a longer break.
What scoring system do I use?
Do I need a handicap to play?
No official handicap is required, but making use of your most recent handicap may speed up play. If you don't have a handicap you can make use of the following handicaps recommended by our partners at Golf Australia.
- Men play from allocated handicap of 36
- Women play from allocated handicap of 45
I don’t have a handicap, what can I use?
No worries at all, our partners at Golf Australia recommend the following for the purpose of pace of play and enjoying the day.
- Men play from allocated handicap of 36
- Women play from allocated handicap of 45
Another way to help with the pace of play would be to simply set a maximum hole score before a player had to pick up their ball and move to the next hole – e.g. three over par for a hole (on a Par 4 then add 3 = maximum shots 7 before the ball is picked up). This would also be consistent with the above temporary handicaps.
What if I am unwell before the day?
If you are feeling unwell, then we ask you to stay home. Chat to your team and club to change your event day or alternatively you may need to withdraw from the challenge for this year.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
The safety of all persons involved in The Longest Day is incredibly important to us. For the protection of all participants and staff, we ask you to adhere to all public health rules and regulations notified to you by your local, state, or federal government, other regulatory body, or the event venue: health.gov.au. In addition to this we ask that you follow these COVID safety measures:
- Use the handwashing facilities that are available to you at your club regularly
- Maintain social distancing between participants
COVID-19 Safety Measures for Team Captains
If you are registering for The Longest Day as part of a group, as the team captain, you are responsible for knowing the contact details of all attendees in your group. In the event you are contacted directly by the Government, including the Department of Health for the purposes of contact tracing, you must:
- make the contact details of your group available to the Government (if you have the consent of each group member to do so); or
- contact each member of your group, and request that they provide their contact details to the Government directly
What should I do to make sure I am SunSmart during my challenge?
Playing 36, 54 or 72 holes of golf will mean spending long hours outside in the heat of the day and exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Check out our tips and recommendations on how to best look after yourself on the day.
Remember to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide. That is, SLIP on clothes that cover your arms and legs, SLOP on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, SLAP on a broad-brimmed hat, SEEK shade, and SLIDE on close-fitting sunglasses.
Did you know that sun protection is needed whenever the UV index is 3 or above?
Our SunSmart app lets you know when you do and don't need sun protection, making it easier than ever to be smart about your sun exposure all year.
Download the app, choose your location and check out the UV rating in your area.
How can I check for signs of melanoma and other skin cancers?
- Regularly check your skin for new or changed spots. Make sure you check your whole body, not just areas exposed to the sun.
- Some of the things to look out for include: a new spot or existing spot that changes in colour, shape, or size. The earlier skin cancer is found, the more successful treatment is likely to be.
- Find out more about the signs of skin cancer
Looking to find some SunSmart clothing, where can I go?
Check out our online store for great hats, shirts, and sunglasses.
I can no longer participate, how do I remove myself from the team?
No problem, contact our team and we can cancel your registration for you.
I can no longer be Team Captain how do I change it to someone else?
Click here to contact us and we'll do it for you.
I forgot my password, how do I reset?
To reset your password, click the Forgot Password link on the login screen and follow the prompts.
If you are having trouble receiving the reset email here are some helpful tips:
- Check your junk or spam folders
- Click here to contact us, call 1300 65 65 85, or message us on Facebook and we can reset your password for you. Make sure to let us know your full name and email you used to register.