The Long Drive World Series Championship showcases the World's best talent when it comes to hitting the long ball - and for the first time, it's coming to the UK
Golf's most exciting new showpiece sees spectators gather to watch the biggest hitters from across the globe, and after American Tim Burke emerged victorious at the inaugural event in Dubai - the Long Drive World Series has now confirmed its second event will take place in the UK.
The event will be hosted on Saturday, July 8th at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, a venue which has played host to many international sports and entertainment events and is also home to the Prince of Wales tournament, one of the most coveted events in the polo calendar.
The star studded UK event, which is free to attend and takes place late at night, will include a DJ set from Ashley James as well as a celebrity hit-off, which will see a group of well-known faces play for the coveted celebrity longest drive title.
Martin Westney, CEO of Long Drive World Series, said: “Our events are in stark contrast to traditional golfing events. While live long drive action lies at the heart of them, our guests can also enjoy live music, an array of food and drink and a variety of other entertainment.
“Ultimately, we want to give people the opportunity to enjoy all the action from the best talent in the world, while socialising with likeminded people. Because of that, we not only attract golf fans but also people who are completely new to golf.”
The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club is set on a 230-acre estate. In addition to the golf on 8th July, there will be a mini polo tournament also taking place, where three-person teams will compete, providing guests with yet further entertainment in between the long drive action.
The Long Drive World Series: What to expect
During the event, ten of the biggest hitters in the world, along with six qualifiers, will go head-to-head in front of packed out spectator stands, all in the hope of being crowned champion and securing the largest piece of a £50,000 prize fund.
Whilst each of the competitors will be looking to bag the biggest share of the purse available at each stop of the Long Drive World Series tour, the focus is very much on accumulating as many league points as possible at every leg of the series in order to be crowned the overall winner.
Amongst those set to feature on July 8th is London-born Joe Miller, the current and two-time World Champion. Miller is regarded by many as the best long drive golfer in the world today and, at 6ft 4inch tall and 19 stone, he represents the new breed of long drivers, combining strength, speed and power – arguably the three core attributes of any successful competitor within the sport today.
Also in action is Tim Burke, winner of the Dubai leg of this year’s Long Drive World Series. Burke, who comes from a family of baseball players, displayed a naturally ‘good arm’ as a youngster, taking on the role of pitcher himself. After achieving success in baseball, he tried his hand at long drive and soon discovered a natural talent. Today, Burke is one of the most well respected talents in the sport, with a longest recorded drive of 440 yards.
Elsewhere on the line-up on July 8th will be UK Champion Lucas Dornan, who lives just minutes from The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club. Dornan’s longest drive recorded was 427 yards, making him a serious contender at this year’s series. He will be joined by the rest of the world’s elite long drivers including 2 x and current European Tour Champion, Maurice Allen and Portuguese Long Drive Champion 2016, Ilija Djurdjevic.
Dubai's event sold out as on-lookers watched Burke send a drive 335 yards in to a 30 mile an hour head-wind to claim the first victory of the series, and now the UK leg of the Series will hope to ramp up the same excitement.
The event will also feature Open Qualifying – an opportunity for members of the public to try their hand at long drive in the hope of being invited to take part at the main UK Long Drive World Series event.
Still not convinced? Below features some of the highlights from the first Long Drive World Series leg in Dubai, which will be sure to get you excited.
Following the UK leg of the series, Long Drive World Series will host events in two further international locations later in the year.