Who else but the Aussies would think up the idea of an extreme golf course which covers a distance of more than Great Britain. They may not be doing too well in the cricket at the moment but when it comes to extreme golf courses this has to dbe ‘fair dinkum’!
The world’s longest golf course, stretching along 1,365 kilometers (848 miles) of desert highway with holes at 18 towns and service stations, is to open in Australia this year.
The Nullarbor Links will span two time zones is expected to be completed next month and will host its inaugural tournament on October 22.
Inevitably there will be some unique terrain and should you stray off the fairway you might find yourself stuck, or even lost in the largest sandtrap in the world.
The course was conceived five years ago “over a couple of beers” and is meant to attract tourists to the Eyre Highway which traverses the desolate Nullarbor Plain and hugs part of Australia’s southern coastline.
Golfers will stop at one roadhouse, play a hole, then drive on to the next tee—100 kilometers down the road in some cases. The par-71 course will take three or four days to complete with each player awarded a certificate.
Each hole will showcase a local attraction, from whale-watching to ancient fossil beds and a working sheep station, and include sights such as the Big Kangaroo statue at Border Village straddling South and Western Australia.
What some people come up with…….but this is unquestionably a novel idea and we wish the team behind this project every success. We’re just wondering whether the green keepers have rocket propelled lawn mowers to get from one hole to the next!
Here is the hole by hole guide:
Hole 1 – Par 5 (530 yards)
Oyster Beds: Named after the beds of Denial Bay, which produce oysters that are exported all over the world
Hole 2 – Par 4 (405 yards)
Denial Bay Hole: The site of the area’s the first settlement which developed into Ceduna town
Hole 3 – Par 4 (284 yards)
Windmills: Residents of Penong use windmills to draw water from underground basins due to severe shortages
Hole 4 – Par 5 (570 yards)
Wombat Hole: Australia’s largest population of Hairy Nosed wombats live in the Nundroo area
Hole 5 – Par 5 (588 yards)
Dingo’s Den: Nullarbor Station was built using stone, cement and metal from old dingo traps
Hole 6 – Par 3 (175 yards)
Border Kangaroo: Border Village is a gateway between states and boasts a large population of kangaroos
Hole 7 – Par 4 (377 yards)
Nullarbor Nymph: A PR man invented the legend of a naked woman seen running with kangaroos in the area in 1971
Hole 8 – Par 4 (360 yards)
Watering Hole: Named after a nearby sheep station in Mundrabilla which was settled in 1897
Hole 9 – Par 3 (137 yards)
Brumby’s Run: Madura was well-known for producing polo and cavalry horses for the British Imperial Indian Army
Hole 10 – Par 4 (379 yards)
Eagles Nest: Cocklebiddy lies on the southern edge of Western Australia’s vast sheep grazing belt.
Hole 11 – Par 4 (339 yards)
Mile Straight: The most famous stretch of dead-straight road in Australia begins here.
Hole 12 – Par 3 (191 yards)
Skylab: Named after was a Nasa research laboratory which re-entered the atmosphere and landed around Balladonia in 1979
Hole 13 – Par 3 (154 yards)
Sheep’s Back: The Fraser Range Station was first settled in 1872
Hole 14 – Par 4 (477 yards)
Golden Horse: The settlement of Norseman was named after a horse which pawed the ground uncovering a gold nugget
Hole 15 – Par 4 (387 yards)
Ngadju: The Ngadju people are the traditional owners of the land in this area
Hole 16 – Par 4 (429 yards)
Silver Lake: Lake Lefroy has been used for Australian speed record attempts
Hole 17 – Par 4 (371 yards)
Golden Mile: The discovery of gold in 1893 led to one of Australia’s great gold rushes.
Hole 18 – Par 4 (399 yards)
CY O’Connor: CY O’Connor designed the pipeline that carries fresh water from the hills
Its certainly gonna make the ‘Sheilas’ think twice when ‘Bruce’ says he’s just popping out for a quick round of golf and he’ll be back in 4 days!