We’re not sure how hotly contested this particular world record is, but at the very least it does provide a nice bit of video to start the working week – particularly for those who spent the weekend hacking around the golf course chasing that elusive hole in one. Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard has claimed the record for the “farthest golf shot to be caught in a moving car, ever.”
Although video of the “hole in one” has just been released, the Guinness world record catch came on May 30, 2012, at Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey, with pro golfer Jake Shepherd hitting the ball and Coulthard piloting the 571 hp Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster into which the ball landed. The ball was hit at 178 mph (286.4 km/h), with the supercar moving at 120 mph (193 km/h) when the ball plopped into the passenger seat some 275 m (902.2 ft) from the tee.
“The only way to track the ball was to keep your eyes on it all the time: it’s a real adrenaline rush but it’s not the most comfortable thing to do because for a moment, you’re not watching the road!” Coulthard said. “I was as happy as I’ve ever been winning a Grand Prix because I was so surprised quite frankly that it went in, and went in so solidly!”
Of course, the catch was part of a marketing exercise. It was to celebrate Mercedes-Benz's association with the upcoming Open Championship, but the catch was verified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator who confirmed the achievement had indeed secured the title of farthest golf shot caught in a moving car.
Without further ado, here’s the video of the hole in one shot - which understandably, took a couple of tries.