Do you like you game of golf? Are you tired of playing the same old course, and are ready for a new challenge? In that case, the Nullarbor Links course, which roams over two states, could be just for you. However, if you want to use a golf cart, make sure it is well charged, because these links will take you on an extraordinary journey.
The Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf course. It is an 18-hole par 72 course that is a mere 1,365 kilometres in length. The first hole is located in Ceduna, South Australia, and the 18th hole can be found in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Fortunately, you are allowed to play in either direction as it would be no fun to arrive at Kalgoorlie hoping to play the course only to find that you have to make the two day drive to Ceduna to tee off.
Covering an area of 270,000 kilometres, the Nullarbor Plain is the world’s largest karst formation. To give you some idea of its size, the Nullarbor is large than Great Britain (including Northern Ireland), which covers an area of a mere 244,820 sq kms.
On the Nullarbor Links there is one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway and each hole includes a green and tee and somewhat rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. The course is a reflection of Aussie humour, which is epitomised by a keen sense of the ridiculous, and the course provides a quintessential Australian experience which offers users a much-needed activity with a competitive edge for those who travel along the renowned highway.
One of the great attractions of the Nullabor Links is the fact that golfers rarely need to queue to play each hole. Usually, you can drive straight up to a hole and play it straight away. Some of the holes are actually located on real golf courses in the bigger towns along the way, but most are situated at roadhouses once you get onto the Nullarbor proper.
The golf course is not one massive manicured passageway, and holes can be situated hundreds of kilometres apart. The idea behind the Nullarbor Links was to increase tourism to a rather sparse area of Australia, and also to give motorists who drive the long, straight distances across the Nullarbor an opportunity to get out of their cars and exercise, and to enjoy a sense of competition whilst doing so.
While many golf courses have hazards such as bunkers, lakes, trees and rough areas on the Nullabor Links you’ll find a shortage of water hazards, but you may find feral camels, wombats, emus and kangaroos can sometimes get in the way of you and the green.
The best part is that if you do complete the course, which will take several days, you can at least get a certificate in Ceduna or Kalgoorlie reminding your friends that you have completed the world’s longest, and one of its most difficult, courses.