As part of the celebration of Anglebrook Golf Club’s 25th anniversary, member Masashi Katayama set a new course record for the number of holes played in one day. The intrepid marathoner went around the Lincolndale course four times—each from a different set of tees—in one extraordinary effort. He did it the right way, too, carrying a full set of clubs himself and walking for 72 holes!
Katayama was inspired by the Solstice Club, a 72-hole challenge issued by Bandon Dunes golf resort in Oregon. In this iteration, he teed off at Anglebrook shortly after 6 a.m. and holed his final putt at about 8:30 p.m., a more-than-fourteen-hour endeavor. Various friends and associates accompanied him for some of the rounds. Katayama fueled his marathon with 12 bottles of water, two Gatorades, four rice balls, one banana, and too many energy bars to count. He took 61,239 steps over 24.8 miles. Whew!
The feat generated some fascinating numbers. Katayama reports he took 334 strokes, averaging a score of just over 83 per round. He made four birdies and one eagle and hit 24 greens in regulation. His putter was a big help, especially on Anglebrook’s tricky, undulating greens. He took only 122 putts over the four rounds, including 28 one-putts. His longest putt was an improbable 25-foot downhiller on the fifth hole.
The marathon was one of several events celebrating Anglebrook’s anniversary this year. The club opened in June, 1997, following nearly a decade of planning, legal hassles, and construction by Kajima USA, the development company that owns and operates it. The course was the last official design of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., often referred to as the father of modern golf course design. Roger Rulewich was the lead architect on the project.
The golf course has five sets of tees. The shortest Katayama played from was the 5,597-yard green tees. He started from the tips, which measures 7,001 yards. His next-to-last putt, incidentally, was for a birdie.