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Inside Golf - - Inside The Mailbox -

MY hus­band and I re­cently de­cided to drive our­selves to WA via The Nullar­bor. As most Aus­tralians would know, the Eyre High­way in this part of Aus­tralia is com­posed of a straight road, a straighter road and an even straighter road, with the oc­ca­sional curve thrown in just to keep the driver awake. Along this high­way is the World’s Long­est Golf Course, the Nullar­bor Links. An 18hole par- 72 “course” which spans 1,365 kilo­me­tres. We de­cided this would be a good way to break up the monotony of all that driv­ing.

We com­menced our 18 holes at Ce­duna and fin­ished at Kal­go­or­lie. We had all the in­for­ma­tion prior to set­ting out; the syn­thetic greens, tees and some­what “rugged out­back style nat­u­ral ter­rain fair­way”, unique names for each hole (e.g. Oys­ter Beds, Wom­bat Hole, Nullar­bor Nymph, Ngadju, Sky­lab, to name a few), our score­cards and, of course, our cer­tifi­cate at com­ple­tion to say we have played the long­est golf course.

While the greens and tees were syn­thetic (although there were also a cou­ple of black sand greens that re­quired rak­ing upon com­ple­tion of putting) we were not quite pre­pared for the “rugged out­back style ter­rain”. The nat­u­ral ter­rain of bush, long grass, rocks, red earth, nat­u­ral un­du­lat­ing land (no need for bunkers) made los­ing many balls a chal­lenge at al­most ev­ery hole. Thank good­ness it is sug­gested you tee up on the “fair­ways” to help the environment. I must ad­mit it helped us as well, es­pe­cially when the “fair­way” was cov­ered in rocks.

We met lots of peo­ple whilst play­ing this unique course and the laugh­ter and tales we shared with them added to the en­joy­ment of the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. It was def­i­nitely an in­ter­est­ing and dif­fer­ent way to play golf and who­ever thought of the con­cept de­serves top marks as it has not only given the Nullar­bor an at­trac­tion dif­fer­ent from any­where else but ap­par­ently has re­duced the ac­ci­dents along this stretch of road.

If you are trav­el­ling to WA via the Nullar­bor then this is a “must do” for your list.

A few tips: It is chal­leng­ing, and not to be taken se­ri­ously. Play­ing on nat­u­ral bush “fair­ways” is to be en­joyed. Have fun, laugh a lot, take lots of old balls to lose, don’t wear your good golf shoes, don’t use your good clubs and if you count strokes hon­estly, don’t be sur­prised at the fi­nal score!

Lo­raine Smith, New­cas­tle

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