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Traveling the length of Mongolia playing golf

Updated 0918 GMT (1718 HKT) September 26, 2017
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Mongolia is one of the world's flattest and most sparsely-populated countries. The vast plains served as a makeshift golf course for two intrepid travelers. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
Amateur golfer Adam Rolston (right) and Ron Rutland, serving as his caddy, played the world's longest hole of golf across Mongolia. Rutland pulled a specially-designed cart with their supplies, while Rolston hit the shots.
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It took 80 days and 20,093 shots -- a mere 6,093 over what they thought would be par. The journey was intended to raise money for Laureus Sport for Good. Laureus/Andrew King
The pair found themselves in the company of a stray dog which they named UB after the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Laureus/Andrew King
UB became a trusty companion for the whole journey, following golfer and caddy all the way across Mongolia. Laureus/Andrew King
Rutland and Rolston quickly discovered that the varied Mongolian landscape was a far cry from your average golf course.
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The extreme temperatures meant the pair had to play during the cooler hours of the day. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
At the start of the journey, they encountered extreme weather in Mongolia's mountainous region on the Chinese border. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
They started on the country's highest mountain -- Khüiten Peak -- and descended onto flatter plans. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
Here, the weather was considerably warmer and drier. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
The three travelers take a break in the Mongolian sun. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
There was plenty of snow and ice to contend with during a recce trip. Laureus/Andrew King Photography
Rolston practiced hitting a large volume of shots, hardening his hands to stop blisters. On the way to his world record, he hit an average of 250 shots a day. Laureus/Andrew King Photography