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Pattaya to Phuket by Golf Cart: Guinness World Record attempt

Story published at 12:01, Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Page last updated at 1:43 pm, Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Ready for their World Record attempt: Mark Cameron (left) and Graham Haslam

Ready for their World Record attempt: Mark Cameron (left) and Graham Haslam

In March 2015 a World First and Guinness World Record attempt to drive an electric golf cart from Pattaya, on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard to Phuket on Thailand’s West Coast, will take place. Lead by Graham Haslam and Mark Cameron, the world record attempt will raise money for the Thai children’s education charity Phuket Has Been Good To Us.

The “standard” electric golf cart selected for the record-breaking attempt will include some modifications, namely solar panels which will help to increase the power per charge by 20%, giving the cart a range per charge of approximately 85 kilometers.

The route from Pattaya to Phuket is expected to take 24 days.

The intrepid cart drivers will raise funds by stopping to play some of Thailand’s most famous golf courses including Banyan and Springfield Royal CC, both in Hua Hin, Burapha Golf Course, Laem Chabang Golf Course and Santiburi Samui, considered one of Thailand’s most picturesque courses, with the final round to be played at Laguna Phuket.

“The journey from Pattaya to Phuket will take approximately 24 days, travelling 1,200 kilometers through nine provinces,” said Haslam. “While we expect the journey to be challenging, tiring and fun, the main aim of the world record attempt is to draw attention to the fantastic work of the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation and raise money to support their work further.”

Haslam and Cameron will also be playing the famous St Andrews Old Course during the trip by paying a visit to GolfZon’s golf simulator in Ekkamai, Bangkok.

During the journey, the world record go-getters will be joined on the golf courses by Asian Tour professionals such as Berry Henson, pending their schedules. And should the golf cart start to fall behind schedule, Phuket-based racing driver Dylan Young may be called in to make up lost time.

There will be no problem recognising the pair should they be at a golf course near you as their clothing has been sponsored by GOT shirts and Loudmouth golf apparel.

Among others Fox Sports Asia and Golf Channel Thailand will be airing the footage of the trip and highlighting the experiences of the journey.

The world record attempt will conclude with a Gala fundraising event at the Phuket Hard Rock Café where the drive will be recognised by Guinness World Records as a new world record, and the actual golf cart used on the journey will be auctioned off to raise further money for the charity.

All proceeds from the world record golf cart challenge will go to Phuket Has Been Good To Us, a Thai registered charity established in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian tsunami. The money raised will enable Phuket Has Been Good To Us to continue to expand their much needed English education programme that provides free English lessons to more than 1,000 underprivileged Thai children aged 3 to 18 in three government schools on Phuket.

For more information on how to join Gaylin, Tai Pan night club and sponsor this exciting world record attempt, please contact graham@phukethasbeengoodtous.org.

Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org

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