How Hundred Hole Hike Works

The Hundred Hole Hike is a global network of golf marathons in which participants plan to walk 100 or more holes in one day in order to raise money for various worthwhile charitable causes. Here’s how it works:

1. A golfer commits to "hike" by joining an existing event or starting one at his/her home club. The golfer then picks a charitable cause to raise money toward. The Hundred Hole Hike supports a wide variety of charities--everything from small not-for-profits looking to make a difference in the lives of youths in their community to large organizations conducting medical research. Click here to find a golfer and click here to find the current list of causes.

2. In the weeks leading up to the event, the golfer spreads the word to friends and family through the HHH blogs and collects pledges on either a lump-sum or per-hole basis. All pledges must be directed through a specific golfer (click here to find a golfer to support.) All pledges will be asked to register an account on hundredholehike.com in order to keep a record of the pledge.

A pledge is merely an upfront commitment to support a golfer's effort in the Hundred Hole Hike. No money is collected at the time of the pledge.

3. On the day of the event, the golfer attempts to walk as many holes as humanly possible. Each participating club will be competing for bragging rights and the TRUE linkswear Cup, a traveling trophy awarded annually to the club with the most aggregate holes walked by its hikers.

4. After the completion of the event, an e-mail will be sent to pledgers with details on their golfers' performance(s) and a calculated amount owed based on the actual number of holes walked (or the lump-sum dollar amount). The e-mail will include specific instructions on how to fulfill the pledge, either through One Divot, the charitable organization behind the Hundred Hole Hike, or directly to organization-specific donation pages for golfers with third-party charitable causes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is my donation tax deductible?
2. Do I need to pay up front? Can I just pay up front?
3. Can I support more than one golfer?
4. How do I sign-up to hike? Can I sign-up and play at any of the existing listed courses?
5. What if there's no way I could possibly walk 100 holes in a day? Can I still participate?
6. What is the Ben Cox 155?
7. How is Ben doing? Can I still support him?
8. Where is the raffle?

1. Is my donation tax deductible?

Any of the third-party causes that are supported by Hundred Hole Hike are verified a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. When fulfilling your pledge to a golfer who is walking for a third-party cause, the Hundred Hole Hike post-event e-mail will provide specific instructions on how to fulfill your pledge directly with the organization. Any receipts or acknowledgement of donation for tax purposes will come from the third-party charity itself.

One Divot is currently in the process of obtaining 501(c)3 status. If approved, contributions will be tax deductible retroactively back to the incorporation date of April 13, 2012.

2. Do I need to pay up front? Can I pay up front?

Although lump-sum donations can be made to One Divot at any time, the pledges to a specific golfer are performance-based; thus pledgers will not be asked to fulfill their pledge until after the event.

3. Can I support more than one golfer?

Yes. Just click on Find a Golfer and select another golfer to sponsor.

4. How do I sign-up to hike? Can I sign-up and play at any of the existing listed courses?

Please contact Jim Colton at jim@onedivot.org for more information on how to get involved. Most of the events listed are at private clubs and their involvement has been driven by its members initiating the process and getting actively involved. The policy for allowing outside play for the Hundred Hole Hike varies by club.

5. What if there's no way I could possibly walk 100 holes in a day? Can I still participate?

Yes! We simply prefer that you choose a stretch goal, generally no less than 54 holes. You'll just need to be upfront and clear on your expectations on your golfer profile page so potential pledgers can make their decisions accordingly.

6. What is the Ben Cox 155?

The Ben Cox 155 was a fundraising event in 2011 where golfer Jim Colton walked 155 holes in one day at Ballyneal to raise money in support of Ben Cox, a Ballyneal caddie who was paralyzed in a skiing accident in March 2011. The success of the Ben Cox 155 was the genesis for the Hundred Hole Hike in 2012.

For more information on the Ben Cox 155, please click on the following links:

- Blog post: The Ben Cox 108 (Give or Take 47)
- Blog post: A Father's Love
- Colorado Golf Association website: "Going the Distance for a Good Cause: Ballyneal member gears up for 108-hole marathon to benefit partially-paralyzed former caddie"
- Holyoke Enterprise: "Ballyneal member aims to help Cox family"
- Denver Post: "Ballyneal golf club brings two together after accident" (6/12)
- Radio interview on 104.3 The Fan in Denver (6/18)
- Holyoke Enterprise: "Ballyneal makes golf outing possible for caddie Ben Cox" (6/23)
- Radio interview on 104.3 The Fan in Denver (6/25)
- Golf Channel: "W18: Patience and Perspective" (6/27)
- Golf World Monday: "Marathon Man" (6/27)
- Holyoke Enterprise: "The Ben Cox 108 (give or take 47) climbs beyond $77,000" (6/30)
- Chicago Tribune: "All-day golf event raises more than $100,000 for paralyzed caddie"

7. How is Ben doing? Can I still support him?

Ben is back at Texas Tech and is expected to graduate with a civil engineering degree in December. You can still support Ben and his family by mailing a check payable to Prairie Home Baptist Church (memo: Ballyneal fundraiser) to the following address:

Prairie Home Baptist Church
P.O. Box 271
Haxtun, CO 80731

8. Where is the raffle?

Unfortunately, the "world's greatest golf raffle" will not be a part of the 2012 Hundred Hole Hike. Donated rounds at many top courses will still be a large part of the fundraising of the event, but will occur via auction on BiddingForGood rather than through a raffle. Please check "Auction Info" for updates.