By Tui Benjamin
This amazing drone footage captures never-before-seen aerial views of the world’s longest golf course – which spans 1,365km and takes FOUR DAYS to complete.
Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole, par 72 golf course along Australia’s desolate Eyre Highway through spectacularly harsh terrain from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia.
Popular with tourists and truckers alike, golfers must travel down the famous trade route to play one hole in each town along the way with the greens surrounded by rugged outback desert.
And the course offers a glimpse of life Down Under like no other, with kangaroos, dingos and snakes serving as spectators as you tee off from its greens – or in some cases, reds.
The par-72 course was dreamed up by Alf Caputo, a Kalgoorlie local who set about marrying his love for rural Australia and golf in 2004.
Course manager Alf, 66, said: “We wanted to offer a showcase of Australiana. Something driving down the Nullarbor to slow down and take notice of the stunning scenery.
‘You get an idea of Australia’s lifestyle in the outback, you get fishing, mining, farming, indigenous tribes: you can’t play on a course like this anywhere else in the world.
‘Some of the holes are in some very interesting locations. For instance, one of them in the middle of a sheep station.”
Nullabor Links’ holes sit near petrol stations and motels along the largely deserted Eyre highway, allowing players to spend the night in outback hotels before moving to the next tee.
Granted, this is not your average course, and it may come as a shock to anyone used to playing on sublimely-manicured greens.
Golfers travel from the world over to play at Nullarbor, with the grounds welcoming players from as far afield as Germany, Vietnam, America.
But they not the only ones who grace the greens: Golfers are likely to encounter some unexpected hazards like bounding kangaroos and other true blue Aussie wildlife.
And Alf admitted snakes may pose a bit of a scare for golfers retrieving wayward balls, but said they have never had any issues with the flora and fauna.
Alf said: “One of the rule is that you must tee up on the fairways, because the terrain is very fragile. Our golfers are very creative: some of them tee up on Coke bottles.
“This actually doubles up as a bonus by making it easier to play.
“They’re everywhere: there’s kangaroos, emus, snakes, lizards and eagles. Sometimes the eagles and crows swoop down and steal a ball.
“We do promote to wear shoes and long trousers on the course. No one has been bitten yet.”