Tips for on the day

David Greenhill’s top 9 tips to make it through 72 holes

-  Golf Victoria Chief Operation Officer

  1. Get a good night’s sleep.
  2. Warm up before round one.
  3. Drink lots of water.
  4. Eat light healthy snacks regularly.
  5. Wear comfortable golf shoes.
  6. Clean socks for each round.
  7. Pack a change of clothes.
  8. Be committed, stay positive and enjoy.
  9. Stay SunSmart!

Rules for The Longest Day

  • Tee off time - as close to 5.30am or first light as possible.
  • Ask the pro-shop to notify all other players on the course that you have right of way.
  • Plan ahead for completing all four rounds - use a cart or complete them in a relay.
  • We suggest Stableford Play for your scoring system.
  • Where possible, play in pairs.
  • Try to complete three rounds before stopping for a break.
  • ‘Gimmes’ are considered to be less than the rubber handle length of the putter.

Balls that appear lost in hazard play use the ‘Irish Rule’ or ‘Lateral Hazard Rule’. That is, drop your new ball within two club lengths of line of entry of your lost ball. One stroke penalty applies.

SunSmart Tips

The Longest Day contributes to Cancer Council’s life-saving work through fundraising, but also opens up the important conversation on sun safety with players and clubs.

Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, but we can actively prevent our risk by following the SunSmart tips:

  • Slip on clothing – Ensure your clothes cover as much skin as possible, especially shoulders.
  • Slop on SPF30 (or higher), broad-spectrum sunscreen. Use a generous amount - the average-sized adult needs 7 teaspoons(35ml), which is a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and for the front and the back of the body. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or more often when perspiring or swimming.
  • Slap on a hat – Wear a wide-brimmed hat; ensure it is cool and comfortable throughout the day.
  • Seek shade throughout the day; it can be trees or pergolas. Or a great idea is to take a trusty golf umbrella with you so you can have some shade wherever you are on the course!
  • Slide on sunglasses – Wear a close-fitting style of sunglasses with a sun protection rating of 2 or higher.

For more information, call 13 11 20 to speak to a qualified cancer nurse. You may also like to check out the free SunSmart app. It will provide you daily reminders of when UV reaches a level that can damage your skin and eyes, as well as two-hour reminders to re-apply sunscreen, so you can focus on the game on the day!

Download the SunSmart app today


How long will it take me to complete 72 holes of golf?

Each round should take no more than 3.5 hours on average, and will be quickened by playing in pairs. The 72 holes should take no longer than 14 hours to complete.

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, ensure you finish the round and end your challenge there.

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 break.


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