Imagine playing on a golf course longer than the distance from New York to Atlanta or Land's End to John O Groats. The new golf course offers a challenge for all enthusiastic golfers, but don't expect to find fantastic fairways and manicured greens. Where can you find this exotic new destination for golf lovers?
Nullabor Links is located in the Australian outback and extends 1365 km (850 miles) from Ceduna, South Australia, along the Eyre highway to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the golden fields of Western Australia. Project Manager Alf Caputo was one of the many enthusiastic golfers who decided to start the course on the opening day.
"It was a wonderful journey," he said. “It was a hell of a lot of fun we met. We started with a dream five years ago and the dream became a reality. The aim was to attract tourists and golfers who wanted to experience “real Australia”. amazing scenery, and before Nullabor's references, there was no magnet to bring people to see these beautiful things. "
What is the experience? If you hit the ball like Tiger Woods, you will be in your element. It is a golf course that requires drivers on every hole.
The holes are so far apart that you have to drive or transport from one to another and you are likely to encounter some indigenous Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, turkeys, bushes, emes, snakes and flies on your way. One of the holes is in the middle of a sheep station, complete with shearing shed. The course also passes through wheat agricultural areas in South Australia.
"You can imagine international tourists, especially from England, Japan and China, who have never seen anything like this in their lives." Said Caputo.
How long it takes?
You will need 3 or 4 days to complete the par-72 course and receive a certificate at the end. The travel time between the holes ranges from 45 minutes to 2 and a half hours. You can stop at one roadhouse, play a hole and then drive to the next shirt, 50 miles or 80 km down the road. Some distances are even greater.
The holes themselves are in some rather strange locations. Some are along the long unimpressed sections of the Eyre motorway and some are located near gas stations. And it's not green grass. Like many rural golf courses in Australia, due to lack of water, there are several green sands, oil stabilized. Once you get used to them, they are easy to play. The other greens are artificial turf.
As Alf Caputo proudly says, "It's not just a golf game, it's a real Australian experience."