No complaints, just something to share
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