Is this America’s biggest golf addict?

Nolan Krentz is aiming for 18,000 holes played in 2022, or 49.3 holes per DAY.

Wisconsin Golf / Gary D’Amato

You can play a lot of golf. You can play too much golf You can play so much golf, one might think you are a “golf junkie.” Whatever your reality, fear not – Nolan Krentz has you beat.

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Krentz, a native of Mount Horeb, Wis. have played a staggering 15,000 odd-odd holes of golf in 2022 – an average of more than 46 holes per day. And the best part? He still has two months left.

The Krentz story comes to us by Gary D’Amato, Wisconsin Golfer, who joined the golf energizer bunny for a historic afternoon around the Norsk Golf Club Krentz calls home. On the day D’Amato joined Krentz at Norsk, Krentz celebrated what is believed to be the world record for most holes of golf played in one year, 17,820 in 2021, beating the previous year’s record … also his.

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“He has played over 15,000 holes every year since he was basically 20 years old,” said Norsk bartender Brandon Larson. “He was in our parking lot an hour before sunrise. As soon as he could see anything, he would come out to play.

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Perhaps the most impressive, Krentz walking every hole that he plays – often in a brisk jog – playing as many as 72 holes in a day and as fast as 9 holes every half hour.

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His effort is believed to be a Guinness World Record, although it is not officially recognized by the record book. For that, Krentz will need a witness for every hole he plays, and for a man who plays up to 50 holes a day until the snow makes it impossible to putt, it may be difficult to find a regular playing partner.

“That number is a record,” he said to D’Amato. “But by those who recognize (the record), it is not.”

According to D’Amato, Krentz is at 15,400 holes played in 2022, but his sights are already higher than last year’s high watermark of 17,820.

“The goal is 18,000, whether this year or whenever,” Krentz said. “I’m 300 and a few nine-hole rounds away. I hope Mother Nature cooperates. Three years ago, we had snow on the ground on Halloween. You just never know.”

us do know one thing, at least: for however long Mother Nature allows, it will not be difficult to find Nolan Krentz. At the Norsk Golf Club, the hardest part was to catch him.

James Colgan

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories to the website and magazine. He writes Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and uses his broadcasting experience on social media platforms and brand videos. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and obviously, his golf game — are still fresh off four years in the snow. Before joining GOLF, James was the recipient of a caddy scholarship (and crafty looper) on Long Island, where he is from. He can be reached at [email protected]


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