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Nullarbor Links Golf Course
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia|www.nullarborlinks.com
How do you play the world’s longest golf course, which stretches a remarkable 850 miles along the desolate Eyre Highway that connects Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Ceduna in South Australia.
Easy enough, as the 18 holes are made up of regular length par 3s, 4s and 5s. It’s the walk (well, drive) between each hole that’s the real challenge: there’s about 45 miles between each hole; in one case, it’s 120 miles.
The holes are a mix of regular golf holes and others that are, well, industrial: fairways like the surface of Mars and greens made of tattered astroturf.
It’s not golf as you imagine it, but rather a five-day camping trip through red-dirt plains of Nullarbor in which you take a break to hit some golf shots.
The course record incidentally is a remarkable two-under, shot in 2018 by Aussie tour pro Hayley Bettencourt. Her advice on how best to play Nullarbor? ‘Keep it low and let it roll’.
Getting there & doing it
The golf course stretches along the Eyre Highway from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. There’s no fee to play, but the course hosts the annual ‘Chasing the Sun’ competition which does charge an entrance fee. You’ll need not just clubs, but everything else you’d need for a stint in the outback.
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