Golfer back on course after world's longest round

Luke Bielawski playing golf on the road in Texas. CBS

(CBS News) Out in the middle of the west Texas desert, it almost looks like a mirage. Like a man, in a white polo shirt, with maybe a seven iron?

Talk about off course. We found 24-year-old law student Luke Bielawski miles from the nearest fairway, hitting shot after shot toward the eastern horizon.

Bielawski says he's hit about 16,000 strokes so far.

But what would par be?

"I estimated 48,000, and that was based off of a feasibility study that I did in Indiana," Bielawski said.

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Obviously, this is no ordinary golf hole.

In fact, this may be the world's longest golf hole -- stretching from tee to shining tee.

Luke Bielawski had some bad lies. CBS

Luke began golfing across the country in May at the Pacific Ocean. The purpose is partly to raise money for charity and partly just to see if it can be done. It hasn't been easy. He's had bad lies on railroad ties and one right spank under a tank. Luke has hit a lot of stuff. Although fortunately, not any people -- at least he hadn't when I first met him in June.

Fortunately, there aren't many other people in the way -- way out here. He travels with a small support team in a trailer and a beefed-up golf cart which he drives most of the time.

Other than that, he plays like any other golfer, hitting them as they lie, wishing he could lie about how many he hit.

At this point it's looking like he may end up a few thousand over par. Where's a beer cart when you need one?

"It's a big country and you realize why nobody has done this," said Bielawski.

Luke Bielawski's last shot, with a biodegradable golf ball, sunk into the Atlantic.
Luke Bielawski's last shot, with a biodegradable golf ball, sunk into the Atlantic. CBS News

And that's how we left Luke, fully expecting him to give up and take the next left turn back home to Indiana. But look who showed up in South Carolina last week.

Saturday, Luke hit onto the Ocean Course, a seaside golf course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

His last shot, with a biodegradable golf ball, sunk into the Atlantic. Final score: 52,345, give or take. Africa, anyone?

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