On the day

You’re playing four rounds in a day, and every hero needs a plan before they set off. We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips below.

Start time

We recommend teeing off as close to 5.30am or first light as possible. This will ensure you finish your challenge before dark. Each round should take no more than 3.5 hours and will be quickened by playing in pairs. The 72 holes should take no longer than 14 hours to complete.

Remember to incorporate regular breaks in shaded areas to stay hydrated and energised.

Quick tip: Get an early night. You’ll need it!

What to bring

Wear anything you feel comfortable in that fits the club’s rules is great. We strongly recommend you wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun and it’s going to be a lot of walking so bring your comfiest golf shoes.

Here’s what you’ll want:

  Your trusty woods, irons and putter.
  Sunscreen.
  A towel.
  Change of shirt or two.
  Spare socks.
  Water bottle.
  Vaseline – to help prevent chafing.
  Sweatbands.
  Sunglasses.
  Blister kit – just in case.
  Healthy snacks to get you through.
  as well as  spare balls, tees, pens and pencils.

Scoring and rules

Stableford is your scoring system.

Use the ‘Irish Rule’ or ‘Lateral Hazard Rule’ for balls that appear lost in hazard – drop your new ball within two club lengths of line of entry of your lost ball. One stroke penalty applies.

‘Gimmes’ are considered to be less than the rubber handle length of the putter.

To make the day run as smoothly as possible, we recommend the following:

  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
  Where possible, play in pairs

SunSmart tips

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 and make sure you’re well protected by following the five SunSmart steps:

Slip

on clothing

Ensure your clothes cover as much skin as possible, especially shoulders.

Slop

on SPF30 (or higher)
broad-spectrum sunscreen

The average-sized adult needs 7 teaspoons (35ml) to cover their body.

Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or more often when sweating.

Slap

on hat

Wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Ensure it’s cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Seek

shade throughout the day

It can be trees,pergolas or take a golf umbrella with you so you can have shade anywhere.

Slide

on sunglasses

Wear a close-fitting style of sunglasses with a sun protection rating of 2 or higher.

Find out the UV rating in your area

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. Choose your location and check out the UV rating in your area.