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Tips for playing 36 holes in one day

Playing 36 holes of golf in one day can be an exhilarating experience. But it can also be physically and mentally draining, so it’s crucial to prepare well for the challenge.

If you’re planning a golfing marathon, here are a few tips to help you power through all 36 holes while keeping a razor-sharp focus and a positive mindset.

Plan ahead
Remember the saying: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. You’re unlikely to make it to the end if you don’t plan properly. Research the venue you’re visiting to help you better understand the golfing challenges that await.

Then think about the equipment, accessories and refreshments you’ll need. On a hot day, be sure to take a water bottle and sunscreen with you. It can also be worth packing a fresh set of clothes. Playing a second round in a sweat-soaked shirt and socks won’t feel good. And if you don’t feel good, you won’t be on your A-game. 


Pace yourself
While it’s good etiquette to keep up with the pace of play, you don’t need to storm around the golf course with the aim of completing the first round in record time. 

Completing 36 holes in a single day is a real challenge, so take breaks, stretch and remember to stay hydrated. If you’re feeling the effects after the first 18 holes, consider hiring a buggy for the second round.


Stay focused
After being out on the course for a few hours, it’s easy to lose concentration and see your performance go downhill. 

If you’re starting to flag, try to keep your mind on the task ahead rather than drifting off somewhere else in your head. Visualise your shots and only hit when you’re comfortable – you’ll be surprised just how much better your performance will be.


Eat smart 
Considering that you’ll typically clock up between 8,000 to 15,000 steps in just one round of golf, you’ll need sustenance to keep you going. 

Nutritious snacks such as fruit, nuts and protein bars will help to keep your energy levels high. It’s best to avoid a heavy meal or sugar rush midway through as this will most likely slow you down and make you feel sluggish on your second round.


Remain positive
If golf was easy, we’d all be on the PGA Tour making millions. But it’s not, so we have to strive for flashes of brilliance instead and try not to let our frustrations get the better of us. 

Easier said than done, of course, but instilling a positive mindset throughout your round will help you enjoy the day more and may even lower your score.