1,440 holes of mini golf in one day? DePauw University student tries to make it happen


DePauw University student Cole Hetzel is less than two weeks away from taking his lifelong obsession with the Guinness Book of World Records to the next level.

Hetzel, a 2021 high school graduate who loves sports and breaking records, combined the two and embarked on a journey with his dad, Chris, to get his name in the book he grew up reading.

For the past two years, the men have held 30-hour Wiffle Ball marathons in their backyards to break world records and raise money for charity. This summer, they will do it but on a larger scale and with another sport: mini-golf.

Starting Sunday, July 31, the Hetzels will attempt to break the Guinness World Records mark for most mini-golf holes played by a foursome in 24 hours.

The current record is 1,440 holes, totaling 80 laps, and was set in 2005 on an indoor course in Germany.

The attempt will take place at the Putt-Putt Golf & Games Fun Center in Erlanger, Kentucky, with Cole and Chris teaming up with Bob Schoettinger and Tony Centers to complete their foursome.

They aren’t content to just take on the attempt untrained either, with Hetzel’s men playing weekly tournaments on the course.

“We do that,” Cole told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We raise money for charity. Also, we love putt-putt and we want to push ourselves to the limit to see what we can do, try to break a world record.

The event will be a fundraiser for Matthew 25: Ministries, a Blue Ash, Ohio-based organization that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief internationally.

Supporters can make donations on the organization’s website. Enter the code “PUTT” in the special purpose field to have the Hetzels credited with it.

Donations will also be collected on the course on the day of the event. The band plans to get sponsors for each hole.

The attempt has already been registered and approved by Guinness World Records, who will have officials on hand to ensure the record is sanctioned if they break it. This includes having witnesses present to watch every hole played, cameras installed for video evidence, and exact measurement of the course the foursome will play. Players must also keep score themselves.

According to Cincinnati Enquirer reporter James Weber, the group will need to average nearly 3.5 laps per hour to break the record, walking at least 11 miles in their 80 laps, in addition to standing for 24 hours.

“It’s pretty serious, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Hetzel said. “We’re having a great time here trying to break a world record, but it’s about raising money for a good cause.”


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