Bring your fairway woods and your long irons for this one, the longest golf course in the world--842 mile miles long--the Nullarbor Links. Under construction in Australia, some of the tees, fairways and greens are under construction, and some are "borrowed" from existing golf courses, stretching from the desolate outback of the Nullarbor Plains in Ceduna of South Australia, to the mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the largest town in the outback of Western Australia. It's a par 71!
Due to the arid desert climate and the fact that some of the holes are more than 90 miles apart, some of the tees and greens are of synthetic material, and some are oiled and rolled. Among stops along the way are a sheep ranch, ancient fossil beds, a huge kangaroo statue, a massive eucalyptus forest, and a site commemorating the NASA research laboratory Skylab, which fell to earth here in 1979.
Hole 15 at Norseman Golf Club on the world's longest golf cours
dogleg left, #4 is called the Wombat Hole, in honor of the Southern
Hairy Nosed Wombat––more than 2.5 million wombats inhabit the area. A
par 4 surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees, #15 is at the Norseman Golf
Club near Lake Warrarnbunna and the Great Western Woodland.
It will take most golfers about four days to play the course, which is laid out along the Eyre Highway, the longest straight road in Australia. The Australian government ponied up about a third of the cost (about $650,000) to help promote tourism in the 18 or so towns along the highway. A number of the holes are stationed at tourist attractions and tourist lodgings that "host" the holes.
Nullarbor Links is set to open this month. And, the green fee? $40
Stay tuned for World's longest golf course, part 2 new golf resort at Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Founder/editor of BestGolfResortsoftheWorld.com, Karen Misuraca is a travel and golf writer from the California Wine Country. She follows the little white ball around the world and writes about resorts in her examiner.com column.