Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for please contact Gemma or Jackie at fundraising@imnda.ie or call 01 873 0422. Thank you.

The Challenge

What is A Long Shot?

A Long Shot is a full day golf marathon on a course of your choice. It’s an endurance challenge, designed to test your stamina, strength and golfing skills while raising much needed funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

What is involved?

It’s very simple. The challenge is to successfully complete three consecutive rounds (54 holes) of golf in one day. You can take on the challenge by yourself, or with a group of friends in a four ball once you bear in mind the most up to date health restrictions regarding interval times.

Is there an official date for A Long Shot?

There is no one official date for A Long Shot. You can hold your challenge anytime in July or August that suits you best. Simple talk to your chosen course about a date that works for both of you. 

Will there be enough sunlight to complete the full 3 rounds of golf?

It should take approximately 12 hours to complete the challenge so the earlier you tee off the better. You’ll find the latest Irish sunrise and sunset times for July and August here 

Is there a preferred day of the week to take on the Challenge?

Ideally, choose a day when the golf course is as quiet as possible. We recommend avoiding competition days and liaising closely with your Club Manager/Golf Pro or team captain to plan the day as thoroughly as possible.

Can I play at any golf club?

Most golf clubs only allow members to play on their course. However, if you are not a member of a golf course and there is one you would like to approach please see our suggested letter to golf club seeking permission template here

How do I book a course?

You’ll need to book directly with your club.

How much training will I need?

You don’t need to be a great athlete to play 54 holes in a day. However, it is a long day so you’ll need to be moderately fit and up for the challenge. Remember to get a good nights sleep the night before and take breaks when needed throughout the challenge (without holding everyone up too much!).

Registering

How do I register for A Long Shot?

You can register for A Long Shot by clicking on the Register Button

How does the registration process work?

Team Captains invite their other team members via a social link (email, Facebook messenger or WhatsApp). Potential team members then follow the link to the team registration page.

How do I create my fundraising page?

Fundraising pages will be created upon registration. You can log in and edit your details at any time.

Is there a registration fee?

No, it’s free to register. All we ask is that you raise as much money as you can to help people and families affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

How do I join a team?

When you register, simply hit the “join a team” option, find your team and follow the steps to complete your registration.

The team I want to join is not listed?

The team may be set to private. Ask the team captain to share the ‘join my team’ link with you.

I’ve forgotten my username and/or password?

If you’re trying to log in but you can't remember your password, click on the 'Forgot password?' link on the log in screen. Enter your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password.

I’m an amateur at golf. Can I take the challenge?

We encourage golfers of all levels to take on the challenge.

Who can take part?

Anyone 18 years old and above can take part. If you have any health concerns at all please consult your doctor before undertaking the challenge.

Fundraising

Where does my fundraising money go?

The money you raise through A Long Shot goes directly to help fund the work of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. To find out more, check out the How Your Fundraising Helps page.

How do I collect donations?

Donations can be made through your fundraising page. Simply send the link to your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your efforts and be sure to post regular updates through your social channels to encourage people to give generously. Cash donations can be collected and deposited into the IMNDA’s bank account. Contact us for more details.

How do I share on my Facebook page?

When you registered, you will have received an email containing your fundraising page and login details. Just copy your fundraising page URL and paste into an email or Facebook. When you are logged into your fundraising hub or viewing your fundraising page, you can also click on the Facebook share button.

On the day

How long will it take me to complete 54 holes of golf?

The 54 holes should take just under 12 hours to complete. Each round should take no more than 3.5/4 hours max.

What time should I start my challenge?

The earlier the better. Aim to tee off before 7am if possible. It might be worthwhile asking your golf club to open 30minutes earlier on the day if possible.

Do I need to finish by a certain time?

For health and safety reasons you will need to be wrapped up before it gets dark.

Can I have a caddie or take a cart?

We encourage players who cannot walk the entire 54 holes to have a caddie, take a buggy, or a combination thereof. Safety is paramount.

Can I take breaks throughout the day?

Taking small regular breaks on the course will help you get through the day. Please be mindful however of people coming up behind you.