From desert golf to tipple hits and shark-infested hazards, we explore what it means to golf Aus-style.
NULLARBOR LINKS, CEDUNA GOLF CLUB-KALGOORLIE GOLF COURSE
Commencing at Ceduna Golf Club is Nullarbor Links, Australia’s longest 18-hole round. En-route, mark your card at waterholes, roadhouses and golf courses, with the red menace chasing you to the brilliant greens at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course, Kalgoorlie-Boulder. In fact, the final holes form part of a pretty, challenging nine hole course spanning 11 kilometres.
Some holes may require bookings, enquire ahead.
ONE PAR CHALLENGE AT DUDLEY WINES, SA
From Australia’s longest course, we present you with a stunning par one challenge at Dudley Wines, Penneshaw, Cuttlefish Bay, SA, no carts required. Enjoy tastings at the Clifftop Cellar Door before launching a bucket-load of balls from a generously-high, air-inducing tee.
No need to bring the clubs either, with a few old faithfuls to choose from included in the price of the green fee.
Country feel, Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is only a further 20 minutes away.
SHARK HAZARDS AT CARBROOK GOLF COURSE
In the aftermath of floods at Carbrook in the early-90s, new and unlikely residents intensified the hazards on holes 15, 16 and 17 at the Carbrook Golf Course, half an hour from Brisbane. And today, more than 12 bull sharks lurk within its wetland network. With fishlife co-existing in the waterways, the apex predators are well fed but ball hunting is strictly prohibited, just the same.
From humble beginnings as a flagged paddock and later a sand mine, Carbrook Golf Course is now an environmental leader and a championship club that’s in the hands of its members.
AUSTRALIA’S OLDEST RATHO FARM, BOTHWELL
Embrace your inner Highlander at Australia’s oldest golf course, Ratho Farm, Bothwell, Tasmania. Settled by Scottish immigrants in the 1822, the Farm established a golf course on site around the late 1860s. In recent times, six holes were recovered with existing holes adjusted or re-rated to suit equipment advances and modern play.
Animals roam the farm, and trout fishing on-site is said to be great.