Ironman Marathons

2009 "Ironman" Golf Marathon was held on June 3-4 at
Chesley Oaks Golf Course
Fairview, Alabama

500 Consecutive Holes

40 Hours without rest or sleep

Total Rounds:
Total Strokes:
Stroke Average:
Daytime Average:
Nighttime Average:
Low Round:
High Round:
Two Double Bogeys
Two Eagles
Best scoring average for 72 consecutive holes
(Rounds four through seven)

27 rounds plus 14 holes
500 holes (73.5)
1524 strokes (72.6)
fourth round of first day 65
(First nighttime "Glow Ball" round) 82

65-67-69-70 (271) 67.8

First Day Total

Wednesday June 3, 2009
Daylight Rounds

Round Score
  1 78
  2 72
  3 74
  4 65
  5 67
  6 69
  7 70
  8 71
  9 71
  10 69
  11 71
  12 70
  13 70

Nighttime  "Glowball" Rounds

Wednesday Night
June 3, 2009

Round Score
  14 82
15 73
  16 75
  17 78
18 75
19 77

Thursday June 4, 2009

Daylight Rounds Began
at 5:07 a.m.

Round Score
  20 73
21 73
  22 74
  23 81
  24 77
  25 75
  26 74

27 80
Plus 14 holes

Pictures of
2009 Marathon
at Chesly Oaks Golf Club
Fairview, Alabama



A Look Back at the
2008 Ironman Marathon

In a remarkable display of endurance and golfing ability, Bob Kurtz again set numerous national and world records for golf achievement.

Playing from the "Blue" tees at the links-style course, he shot two consecutive rounds of 64 at the end of the first day. Chesley Oaks played at 6250 yards for the marathon.

First Day Total

Wednesday June 4, 2008
Daylight Rounds Began
 at  5:07 a.m.

Round Score
  1 76
  2 75
  3 70
  4 70
  5 67
  6 70
  7 69
  8 68
  9 69
  10 72
  11 71
  12 64
  13 64

Nighttime Rounds Began at 8:22 p.m.

Wednesday Night
June 4, 2008

Round Score
  14 71
15 73
  16 74
  17 76
18 76

Thursday June 5, 2008

Daylight Rounds Began
at 5:07 a.m.

Round Score
  19 76
20 75
  21 73
  22 72

Daylight Rounds Concluded at 11:40 a.m.
*Final Round was Nine Holes

23 34*


Pictures of
2008 Marathon
at Chesly Oaks Golf Club
Fairview, Alabama


Bob was congratulated by Cullman Mayor, Max Townson

Bob Kurtz... put on an endurance show for charity, all the golf he could play... matching his age four times, and was 22 under par. In case the name strikes a bell, he was the top sportscaster for Turner Broadcasting and CNN before his retirement from television.
                                                                                                                                     Furman Bisher
                                                                                                                                     Syndicated Sportswriter

Bob Kurtz is not getting older, just getting better. He's an inspiration to the rest of us.
                                                                          Kevin Scarbinsky
                                                                          Sportswriter, Birmingham News

"Absolutely amazing!"
                                                                           National Golf Foundation
                                                                           Jupiter, Florida

"That's incredible.  I'm so impressed."     
                                                                           Tom Osborne
                                                                           Athletic Director, University of Nebraska

 After setting National and International records with his golf marathons in 2006, 2007,2008 and 2009, Bob achieved his most significant record in 2011.

This time he played an astounding 1,850 holes over seven day.
                                                                                                           "Every ball I hit, every hour I play, every blister
                                                                                                              I have is for the children."
                                                                                                                                                      --Bob Kurtz

In 2006 Bob Kurtz played 168 holes at seven under par and earned over $15, 000.00 in pledges for Kenya orphans and other projects.

In 2007 he played 220 hole (12 full rounds plus four additional holes) at 22 under par. He began at 5:06a.m. and finished at 7:58p.m. Monies raised were for "Whit's Place Orphanage in Kenya and other projects.

In 2008 he broke the world record of 401 holes played set by Ian Colston by completing 405 holes without pause or rest. He raised over $56,000.00 for hurting and abused children in Alabama, New York, Kenya, Bolivia and numerous other children's charities.

In 2009, he played 500 consecutive holes without rest over 40 hours using "Glow Balls" for night time play for the benefit of kids.

In 2011, he played 1,850 holes over seven days, a Guinness World Records mark, raising over $102,000 for abused children.

In 2012, at age 71, he scored 70 or under SEVEN times in one day for another GWR mark, raising money for MTC ministry.

*Note: All Golf's IRONMAN marathons observe the strict rules of golf. Every ball is played as it lies and every ball is putted out. These marathons are played on full length regulation courses (over 6250 yards) and are witnessed by scorers, supporters and golf fans.

Golf Marathoner Bob Kurtz and trusty sidekick and caddie, grandson Dillon Spicer


Chesley Oaks Golf Course
Fairview, Alabama

Chesley Oaks Golf Course is located in Northeast Alabama and closely resembles a traditional Scottish "LINKS" course in design.  It is a fun course for the high handicapper as well as the talented amateur and professional.

Chesley Oaks hosts many quality tournaments including the YELLOWHAMMER OPEN,* a Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour event.

"I've played Turnbury, St. Andrews and North Berwick in Scotland". Bob Kurtz affirms,  "Chesley Oaks gives me the same challenges of bump and run golf combining luck and skill with those mounded fairways, I love the course and I really appreciate their commitment to the "Ironman Marathons" of the past few years.".

Chesley Oaks is a course open to the public, has a friendly staff, and welcomes all golfers.


PastorBob at ChesleyOaks 1.jpg
"A touch of Scotland in the old South"

(256) 796-9809

Gold Tees
Blue Tees 
White  Tee
Red Tees
6738 yards
6152 yards
5547 yards
4981 yards

 Bob Kurtz and Cary Craig.jpg
Bob Kurtz and Chesley Oaks Head Pro Cary Craig
Presentation of Plaque for record-setting 220 Holes
Played in June, 2007 Golf Marathon



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