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My #100HoleHike – The Recap

What a day at the Creek! As my friends at the DSGA said, “The #100HoleHike, has become the #100HolesHiked!”

Thanks to my readers, my golf buddies, my friends, and the members at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, I raised just over $6,000 for Youth on Course, and the DSGA total surpassed $13,000. All of this money, 100% of it, will be used for subsidized golf course access to kids in our state. Awesome stuff.

We literally started the day in the dark. At 6AM, Andy Hewitt, Laura Heien and I rode out to #3 to begin our quest to play and walk 100 holes. My buddy, Glen (the Sheriff) Hudson drove one cart and acted as forecaddie for the day. Mark Glodowski, DSGA staffer and 100 Hole Hike participant at Bear Trap Dunes last month, rode with us and provided the social media content, including the Twitter post below – click the link to watch the launch (and turn up your volume).

Mark Announces the Start of our Hike

Using LED golf balls and glow sticks, we played the 3rd hole – a short par 3 of 130 yards – 15 times in the dark. It took me a while to get loose (remember my 66th birthday was on Sunday), but Andy started off hitting the green on his first shot. It was amazing how fast the greens were that early in the morning and in the dark. I found it hard to get going. Try hitting and putting in the dark and you’ll get the idea. It took me about 5 tries before I hit the green, but Andy made a few birdies and Laura almost holed one out – the ball stopped short about a foot from the pin.

Sometimes it was a Group Effort to Find our Balls when the LED Died

I have to say that the highlight of our start was the whole maintenance crew, led by Glen MacDonald, walking out from their equipment shed with flashlights to welcome us to the course. It was quite a site.

As you can see below, we worked hard to fix all of the ball marks on the green, even in the dark. I only wish all of our members and guests would be as concerned about leaving the course as they find it every day they play our gorgeous layout.

Andy Fixing a Ball Mark – Even in the Dark Fellas!

By 7:15, we had enough light to move on to the 4th hole and begin the hike in earnest. After trekking back and forth on #3 those 15 times, our shoes and socks were soaked – hard to see all the puddles that had developed with the rain the previous day and overnight. With no one on the course, we blitzed through the rest of the front nine. Also, our legs were still fresh and that helped the pace, even with a damp, soggy conditions.

At 7:48 we had completed 21 holes and started off #1. We cruised through the course and on the 18th hole we decided to play the back nine again, as all of the players on the course were still on the front nine. It was very energizing to be greeted by many of the members living on the course when we passed their homes – shoutouts from windows and doorways, and even applause from Mr. and Mrs. Dieste at 7:30AM from their back deck.

I wanted to give a special shoutout to my wife, Sue, for supporting me throughout this crazy effort. She was even on the back porch of our rental every time I passed #16 and even caught his early on.

Your Hack Still Feeling Loose Early On

At the midway point, I’d changed my socks and golf shoes once, lost only 1 ball and was actually feeling pretty good. I had a light walking bag and only carried a 3-wood, 3-hybrid, 5,7,9, irons, lob wedge and putter. We mixed things up teeing from the forward tees on some holes and were basically just walking up to the ball and hitting – not worrying about score, just hydration, food intake, and not collapsing. The pain was coming but we didn’t let that overshadow the moment.

Andy, Laura & I Celebrating the Halfway Point – 50 Holes

The DSGA was awesome documenting the Hike on their Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Laura Heien Walking and Talking the #100HoleHike

The course was starting to get more crowded and the Sheriff was busy, driving up to groups ahead and telling them what was happening. They always stood aside to let us through and it was much appreciated. We only had to play through less than 10 groups overall during the day, probably because of the overnight rain, wet conditions and the “cart path” only requirement in place for play that day. One group we went through came up to Mark in his cart and gave him a cash donation for the Hike – how about that!

As the day progressed, a bunch of my golf buddies came out to watch and give me some much needed support. Paul Dillion, Tim Hastings, Mark Decker, Don Antonucci, Mike Farrar, Steve Dewey, and Don Boteler – I really appreciate your guys coming out and cheering me on. If I forgot anyone, please accept my apology as I’m a little foggy on some of the details.

#14 – 75 Holes In

It was about this time – 75 holes in – that my legs and back really started to feel it. The combination of wet, soggy turf, walking close to 20 miles, and taking 300 or so swings was killing me. Still, we had 25 more holes to play and I couldn’t let the young ones show me up. Remember, I’m 66 and Andy and Laura are in their twenties.

We skipped 15 and 16 in the penultimate round because of traffic on the course, and moving directly to 17 and then the 18th would leave us exactly 18 holes to go. The final round was a blur to be honest. I lost another ball in the water (can’t remember which hole) and the bones (every single one in my body) were aching. Somehow, we made it and finished on 18 – my favorite hole at the Creek.

Putting Out on the 100th Hole!

Perhaps the best part of the long day was walking off #18 and seeing a bunch of my friends smiling and whooping it up. I then heard something shouted down from the patio behind the clubhouse. “What can I get you . . .” said Andy Beebe (F&B manager). If you know your Hack then you know the answer.

And so it was complete at 5:40PM – 100 holes, 50,000 steps, 2 lost balls, 26.3 miles, and $6,000 raised for a great cause. Thank you again everyone.

[Today is a day of rest for your Hack. I had to get up every 10 minutes or so while working on this post to walk around and prevent even more stiffness in my legs and back. I’m back at it tomorrow with the Contractors for a Cause golf tournament at Ocean City Golf Club. Hope I make it through!]

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My #100HoleHike – Realtime Updates

5:40 PM. We just finished our 100th hole. Done, we did it! Almost 12 hours later, 50,000+ steps and a 24 mile walk. That’s a lot of walking. My feet still hurt.

10:50. Just finished our 45th hole and the legs are getting tired. Nothing worse than bogey yet so that’s something.

8:45we are playing our 29th hole. Going strong and almost 1/3 complete

7:10 am – on our 17th hole- finally have some light. We played #3 15 times in the dark

4:45 AM: It’s go time. Having a cup of coffee and hoping the course is not closed because of the rain yesterday and overnight. Heading to the club in an hour.

October 25, 2020 –

My 100 Hole Hike starts tomorrow at 6:00 AM at Cripple Creek. Together we’ve raised $5,785 for Youth on Course. If you would like to add to the total – click here: Jeff’s 100 Hole Hike

I’ll be joined by Laura Heien, Executive Director of the DSGA, and Andy Hewitt, UMES PGA School student and Assistant Pro at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club. I’ll be live blogging during the day tomorrow and I hope you’ll follow along.

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My 100 Hole Hike

It’s been a while since I updated the blog . . . so here goes.

For the last couple of years, I’ve played “marathon” golf on my birthday. For example, I turned 65 last year on October 25th and played 65 holes at my club – Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club. It was a blast and our pro, Brian Trout, and superintendent, Glen MacDonald, went out of their way to let me enjoy the full experience.

My Birthday Cart – 2019

This year, I decided to change things up a little. Well maybe a lot, to be honest.

With the support of Cripple Creek and the Delaware State Golf Association (DSGA), I’m going to play (walking) 100 holes of golf from dawn to dusk to raise money for Youth on Course (YOC). This is called the 100 Hole Hike and I’m attempting to raise $5,000 for YOC. Team Delaware has four (4) participants and has raised a little over $10,000 currently, including the contributions to my Hike. Two (2) of our members completed their Hike at Bear Trap Dunes in late September.

Why is Youth on Course important? Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, YOC is providing a much needed boost to young people across the country. Golf is one of the few sports kids can safely play–and they are really playing. Subsidized rounds are up 65% compared to the same date last year (more than 270,000 rounds so far this year!) and membership is up 55% to over 98,000 boys and girls. Now in its 14th year, YOC serves over 98,000 youth members by providing them subsidized rounds of golf for $5 or less at more than 1,400 facilities, meaningful employment opportunities as caddies and interns, and access to college scholarships.

The big question is how to do this? I’ve been walking for exercise for the past year – losing 50 pounds in the process – and currently walk 4 to 5 miles daily, 6 days a week. I also walk when I play golf about 95% of the time. So physically, I think I’m good.

Daylight is my concern. I’m planning to start at 6AM on the 26th and go for at least 12 hours. That means I have 720 minutes to pay 100 holes – about 7 minutes per hole. Can I do it? Let me know what you think . . . .

If you are interested in making a donation toward my 100 Hole Hike, click on the link below. And, thank you for all the support.

Donate to the Retired Golf Hack’s 100 Hole Hike