#58 Web TV: Nullarbor Links – The World’s Longest Golf Course, Australia – Day 1

This week’s tip I am going to share with you the longest golf course in the world called “Nullarbor Links”.

We decided to drive from Sydney across to Perth in our car and play the Nullarbor Links along the way…

The 18 hole par 72 course is approximately 1,365 kilometres long. So you could definitely say Wow!!!

Of course you won’t be walking between each hole, as it would take a mighty long time to do that. Once you have played each hole you do jump back into the car and drive to the roadhouse. The distance to each roadhouse does vary so you could travel anything from 60 kilometres to 180 kilometres.

But what an adventure it is!

The course is set up along the Eyre Highway at each participating roadhouse plus you do play a few holes at a few golf courses too!

All of the holes are unique and an amazing experience. It is a great way to drive across Australia and see the country in a unique way.

So here below I have our first day.

We started at Ceduna Golf Club, South Australia…so enjoy the our first day below. I have some photos for you to enjoy plus remember to watch the video above of each hole.

Now the holes are actually numbered from Kalgoorile in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia but because we are driving from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie for the Nullarbor Links I will be numbering them from where we started.

So here we go…

 

DAY 1

We teed off at Ceduna Golf Course.

Hole 1 – Oyster Beds – Par 5  -485m
Hole 2 – Denial Bay – Par 4  – 370m
 
Teed off on the first hole straight down the middle of the fairway. The fairways are made up of dried out grass and dirt. So there are no even lies.

Both fairways are pretty straight, so it really depends on how far you can hit the ball.You don’t need to tee up along the fairway here but you do get uneven lies.
 
When you get to the green, it is made up of black sand, so you need to rake a smooth path for your ball to putt. You then hit the ball hard up the sand as the sand grabs the ball and doesn’t run much.
  
There are 150m distance posts so you get an idea how far you are from the green…well, the black sandy green.

Back into the car for the 73 kilometre drive to the next hole at Penong.

 

 
Penong Roadhouse
Hole 3 – Windmills – Par 4 – 260m
 
We went to the roadhouse to get our card stamped, then we turned right off the highway & drove to this hole.
 
You stand on a synthetic mat & hit the ball straight up the middle over the top of the trees. The trees are right down in the middle of the fairway…well dirt & dry grass, so it does become a challenge if you don’t hit the ball up over the trees. They are about halfway towards the hole.
 
You have to tee up all the way along the hole to preserve the natural environment. Once you get to the green it is synthetic grass, so best to let the ball run up onto the green as the ball will stop.
 
If you play onto the green, which my husband (Ian) discovered, that the ball just runs off.
 
Great to putt on though, nice & quick and keeps it line. A bit different from the previous hole.

 The next hole to follow is hole at Nundroo which is 78 kilometres from Penong.

Nundroo Roadhouse
Hole 4 – Wombat Hole – Par 5 – 520 metres
 
Teeing off a synthetic grass mat. It was a bit tricky to work out where to hit the tee shot, so looking at the map at the side on the sign made it easier to work out. It was a bit difficult to work out initially.
 
The fairway once you work it out does stand out as it is a bit of a brown tinge. There are two distinct trees on the right hand side which help. Plus there are white driving posts like on the road on either side of the fairway.
 
You are teeing off blind even though you can see where the fairway is…you can’t see the hole as it dog legs up and over the hill left.
 
So the first shot is easy to see we it went. For the second shot you really need someone at the top of the hill because you are flying blind…and what we learned after playing the second shot was that it was difficult to find the ball.
 
However we did find the balls…so we teed up the next shots and played them down to the green.
 
The green is synthetic so best to chip & run it onto the green. Putting is pretty straight forward on the hole, they are quick, but on this green the hole is slightly raised so as the ball does approach the hole it may veer off.

 From Nundroo to Nullarbor the drive is 145 kilometres…

Nullarbor Roadhouse
Hole 5 – Dingo’s Den – Par5 – 538m
 
When we arrived at the Nullabor Roadhouse to fill up the car with petrol, before teeing off we went in to get our cards stamped…the guy at the counter mentioned that had been quite a number of brown snakes (western brown snakes) seen out on that hole. It made me a little nervous, as I am not fond of snakes .
 
On the info it said to beware of a crow who flies down and takes the balls…not today, there was no crow but I walked pretty quick between shots.
 
The tee is a synthetic grass mat, the hole doglegs to the right, so if you get a good tee shot down to the corner you can then play straight up the fairway to the green.
 
The fairway would only be about 20 metres wide so accuracy is a must. Numerous bushes on either side of the fairway, plus the huge wombat holes that the snakes tended to reside.

So we teed up all the way to the green as the fairways are dry with perhaps a bit of grass here and there. It took 3 driver shots and a pitch shot to get on the green for four…as there was a strong headwind we were playing into.
 
The green is tiered and the hole was at the back on the synthetic grass green. Was simply amazing to look out from the tee to the green as there was just nothing but blue skies and flat terrain.
 
A house behind the tee, and the roadhouse…people were even setting up camp in a tent along with numerous caravans setting up for the night…

It was an amazing site!

After playing this hole it was now onto the Border Village Roadhouse to play the next hole…it is a 187 kilometre drive…
Border Village Roadhouse
Hole 6 – Border Kangaroo – Par 3 – 160 metres
 
This hole is right near the big roo just before the border into Western Australia. So you can’t miss it!

Now the hole is a challenging one. We arrived later in the afternoon so the wind was blowing across the green to the left.

The fairway itself was quite narrow would have been no more than 10 metres in width which was just dirt. The tall trees were along the fairway on both sides.

The plan here was to hit the ball over the trees on the right about 10 metres to the right of the green and allow the wind to bring the ball back to the green. If you can’t hit the length just play the ball right up the middle.
 
The green was narrow and long, it had a slight downhill slope so if you are the back of the green be careful when putting as the ball takes off quickly with a slight tap.
 
Luckily for me I hit the ball right of the green, pin high and chipped it in for a birdie which was exciting after a bit of a drive at at the end of the day.

From here it was just a short drive from Border Village to Eucla only 13 kilometres…

So that was the end of the first day. I hope you enjoy our first day of our Nullabor Links trip.

To your golfing success,

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Tiffany Mika

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Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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13 Responses to #58 Web TV: Nullarbor Links – The World’s Longest Golf Course, Australia – Day 1

  1. Pat November 20, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Tiffany, great video. I discovered and wrote about this course a few years ago in my blog, but it’s great to watch someone actually walk the course. I will post your video and link back to your site from http://golfgurls.com
    Questions for you: Looks like you played the first 6 holes in the first day. Is the pace you play at up to you? One hole for each day, or race to finish 9 in a day? Were there other people playing as well? Any problem with “slow play?” LOL
    If my readers want to play, does the course recommend accommodations along the way, or do golfers fend for themselves?
    Looks like a lot of fun and a once in a lifetime experience.

    Looking forward to your next two days on the course.

    • Tiffany Mika November 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Pat

      Thanks so much for putting this video onto your Golf Girls site http://golfgurls.com . I had a look today.

      Yes we played the first 6 holes in the first day. And yes the pace of play is up to you really. You can take as long as you like, as you are driving to the next hole which could be anything from 13km to 180 plus kilometres to the next hole. So you can really take as long as you like there is no time frame. We did it in 3 days because we had a time frame. But as I said there is no time limit.

      There are some interesting sites to see, so if you want to take extra time staying at the one location it is all up to you.

      We only encountered two groups of people during our trip…they played behind us. But both the groups had their own caravans (we call them the Grey Nomads here). The retired people who have their own caravan and travel around doing their own thing. So they were not in a hurry at all.

      There are roadhouses along the way where you can stay and that is what we did along the trip. The holes are played at the Roadhouses but knowing now where to stay I can recommend where to go. It is really amazing!!!

      I will be sharing day 2 next week.

      Cheers

      Tiffany

    • Theresa November 22, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Tiffany. What a challenge and a lot of fun. Not to be too hard on yourselves because of the unusual location and course conditions. Tks for sharing the pics and commentary, Much appreciated. You certainly didn’t miss anything whilst away as the weather was impossible. C u soon. Theresa

      • Tiffany Mika November 22, 2013 at 9:34 am #

        Hi Theresa

        It was so much fun I am really keen to do it again!!!! We saw the weather forecasts whilst we were away, so we thought we made a good decision going on the trip at that time. We did need to the rain. Hopefully you will get to play this coming Monday.

        Cheers Tiff 🙂

  2. Archie November 20, 2013 at 6:26 am #

    Dear Tiffers! I drove Perth to Sydney in 1961. No proper road, dozens of foxes, eagles everywhere + a girl called Pat Spicer. Enjoy Perth.

    • Tiffany Mika November 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

      Hey Archie

      So it looks like we had a more luxurious trip than you…we had sealed roads and all along the highway we could drive 110km. It was great. There were still lots of eagles and boy are they big!!! Didn’t see any foxes but plenty of emus, wild goats and these really huge wombat holes where the brown snakes took over. I hope your trip Arch was great? Now you will have to drive back so you can play golf!

      Cheers

      Tiffers x x

  3. maureen nah November 20, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Just awesome video really love it!

    • Tiffany Mika November 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Maureen

      Glad you loved it! I loved being there and making the videos! It will be your turn??!!

      Cheers

      Tiff 🙂

  4. Marg November 22, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Hi Tiffany

    Loved it. If I’m ever luck enough to play it, I’ll know to take a big bucket of brightly coloured balls!

    Did you see any other golfers?

    • Tiffany Mika November 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Marg

      You will have to put it on your to-do list!!!! Just have someone watch where your ball goes and you will be fine 🙂

      Hardly anyone…only two other groups, but they weren’t golfers as such…just having fun!!!!!

      Tiff 🙂

  5. Lynne November 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Fantastic! What fun!

    • Tiffany Mika November 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Hey Lynne

      It was super fun! It will be your turn soon!

      Tiff 🙂

  6. Aleksey February 21, 2016 at 6:33 am #

    Patricia Franks.January 7, 2013Sounds amazing. We csosred The Nullarbor a couple of years ago. We saw people walking and riding bikes. It took us 9 days to travel from Brisbane to Perth via NSW and SA but we enjoy our road trips. After a week in the Swan Valley we covered the south west and travelled as far as Esperance. Then we made our way back to Perth via Hyden. We caught the Indian Pacific back to Adelaide couldn’t go all the way because our car was too high -and made our way home via the coast. Would love to do it again some time.

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