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Golfer smashes record for most 18-hole rounds played in a year; attributes part of his success to Stewart Golf electric caddie

Patrick Koenig: ‘Everybody takes a cart here and there, at least in America, but when you’re rocking with Stewie and you’re done, you’re like oh yeah, that was a good 18!’

Gloucester, U.K. (Jan. 30, 2024) – Patrick Koenig — golf fanatic, photographer, blogger, and Stewart Golf ambassador — recently smashed the world record for the highest number of golf courses (580) played in a calendar year, but perhaps even more impressive is that he walked for the majority of rounds played.

Koenig traversed the United States in a fully outfitted recreational vehicle, playing 18-hole rounds (sometimes more) on 580 different golf courses, and covering 41 states. His journey started at the outset of 2023 and was capped on Jan. 2, 2024 when he played a round at Chambers Bay in the state of Washington, site of the 2015 U.S. Open. He helped raise $40,000 along the way for charities.

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His effort featured several different sponsors, including Stewart Golf, which provided him with a remote-controlled golf cart. He walked 70 percent of the courses he played, accompanied by ‘Stewie’, his trusty Stewart Golf Q Follow electric caddie.

“I love to walk, and I always prefer to walk,” Koenig said. “I like rolling with my guy Stewie. You feel like you accomplish more. Everybody takes a cart here and there, at least in America, but when you’re rocking with Stewie and you’re done, you’re like oh yeah, that was a good 18!”

Throughout his challenge, Koenig continued his work as a professional golf course photographer, swapping clubs for a camera between golf shots. Having Stewie following behind allowed Koenig to be completely handsfree, giving him the freedom to get those all-important snaps.

“Walking a golf course is probably five to 10 times more immersive than getting in a cart,” he stressed. “As a photographer, walking the course takes me to places and angles that I might not see if I’m in a cart. I love to walk over riding, that’s for sure.”

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Only when you break down the walking stats of Koenig’s challenge does one fully appreciate the magnitude of his achievements. His 1,523 miles walked equates to a staggering 58.1 marathons, 245.7 laps around Central Park, or a leisurely stroll from Los Angeles to Houston. Understandably, Koenig needed to be in excellent shape to break the record — he chalked it up to healthy eating, no alcohol, a stretching regimen, slowing down his swing speed, and, of course, Stewie.

An independent study released last fall debunked the myth that carrying a golf bag for 18 holes provides a greater workout than using an electric caddie or golf cart. The study, published in the European Journal of Sports Sciences, concluded that the real health benefits come from walking and not how the clubs are being transported.

Mark Stewart, CEO of Stewart Golf, says that golfers looking to emulate Koenig and walk more rounds of golf this year, should consider an electric caddie as the answer to help play the course as it was intended — on foot.

“Not only will walking the course provide a great exercise boost,” Stewart says, “but it’s also proven to significantly improve mental health, allowing you to fully take in your surroundings and be at one with nature.”

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