The Nullarbor Links concept is unique.
The 18-hole par 72 golf course spans 1,365 kilometres with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia.
***The world’s longest golf course, measuring more than 850 miles long, has opened in the Australian outback.***
Each hole includes a green and tee and somewhat rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. The course provides a quintessential Australian experience and a much-needed activity/attraction for travelers along the renowned desolate highway.
The course begins and ends (depending on the direction of crossing) in the goldmining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and the coastal town of Ceduna, South Australia. Professional golfer Robert Stock, from Manchester, England, consulted on the design that incorporates 7 holes from existing courses and 11 holes created at roadhouses and roadside stops. Newly constructed holes have tees and greens that use artificial grass, with natural desert land between.
The shortest hole (Brumby’s Run) is 125 metres, par 3.
The longest hole (Dingo’s Den) is 538 metres, par 5.
The average distance between holes is 66 kilometres. Two of the holes are almost 200 kilometres apart
The 520m, par 5 Wombat Hole commemorates the nearby, largest colony of southern hairy-nosed wombats.
The Skylab Hole at Balladonia commemorates that pieces of the spacecraft fell in the area in 1979 when Skylab entered Earth’s atmosphere.
The Don Harrington Tee at Border Village, South Australia is named after the late Don Harrington who was a major shareholder of five roadhouses along the highway before passing away in March 2010
The “Rooey II” big roo sculpture at the roadhouse at Border Village, South Australia. Behind “Rooey II” is the 160 m long “Hole 6: Border Kangaroo” of the Nullarbor Links golf course, with its Don Harrington Tee visible just above “Rooey II’s” right foot in the middle distance, and the gravel fairway and its artificial turf green with yellow flag in the background.
Nullarbor Links, which took five years to plan and build, will take four days for golfers to complete, with a car – rather than a golf cart – needed to travel from one hole to the next.
The course stretches across two Australian states, from coastal Ceduna in South Australia, to the old mining town of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Dreamed up “over a couple of beers”, it is hoped the links will attract tourists to the Eyre Highway, which traverses the desolate Nullarbor Plain.
Golfers will stop at one roadhouse, play a hole, then drive on to the next tee – 50 miles down the road in some cases. The par-71 course will take three or four days to complete with each player awarded a certificate at the end.
The holes themselves are in some rather strange locations – some lie beside a long, featureless highway, some are positioned near petrol stations and motels while others rest close to inhabited wombat holes.
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