How and Where to Play the World’s Longest Golf Course

Imagine playing on a golf course longer than the distance from New York to Atlanta or Land’s End to John O’Groats. A new golf course offers a challenge to all keen golfers, but don’t expect to find fancy fairways and manicured greens. Where do you find this exotic new golf lovers’ destination?

The Nullabor Links is in the Australian Outback and stretches 1365km (850 miles) from Ceduna in South Australia, along the Eyre Highway to Kalgoorlie- Boulder in Western Australia’s Goldfields. Project Manager Alf Caputo was one of many enthusiastic golfers to tackle the course on the opening day.

“It’s been a fabulous journey,” he said. “It’s been a hell of a lot of fun coming across. We started five years ago with a dream and the dream has become a reality. The idea was to attract tourists and golfers who wanted to experience “the real Australia”. There’s some absolutely amazing scenery and before Nullabor Links there was no magnet to bring people out there to have a look at these beautiful things.”

What’s is the experience like? If you hit the ball like Tiger Woods you’ll be in your element. It is a golf course that requires a driver on every hole.

The holes are so far apart you will have to drive or be transported from one to the next and are likely to encounter some native Australian wildlife, including kangaroos, bush turkeys, emus, snakes and flies on your way. One of the holes is in the middle of a sheep station, complete with shearing shed. The course also passes through wheat farming areas in South Australia.

“You can imagine international tourists, particularly from England, Japan and China, who have never seen anything like it in their lives.” Mr Caputo said.

How long does it take?

You will need to allow 3 or 4 days to complete the par-72 course and you will be awarded a certificate at the end. Driving time between the holes varies from 45 minutes to two and a half hours. You can stop at one roadhouse, play a hole, then drive on to the next tee, 50 miles or 80km down the road. Some distances are even greater.

The holes themselves are in some rather strange locations.Some are alongside long featureless stretches of the Eyre Highway and some are positioned near petrol stations. And they’re not natural grass greens. Like many rural golf courses in Australia, due to the lack of water, a few greens are sand, stabilised with oil. Once you get used to them, they are easy to play on. Other greens are artificial turf.

As Alf Caputo proudly says: “It’s not just a game of golf, it’s a true Australian experience.”

Visit Las Vegas to Experience Its Golf Courses

Golfers who are passionate about the game are always keen to test their skills in newer locations, something that has attributed to the immense popularity of vacations themed around golf. One such location is Las Vegas that has several excellent golf courses situated in the midst of serene natural locations. It is casinos and a vibrant nightlife that it is perhaps more famous for, though many golfers troop down to this city to experience its golf courses. In fact, the popularity of this city as a golfer’s destination has led to several hotel and flight packages that are suited to the requirements of golfers and the best time to play golf in this city is during spring and early fall.

Both amateurs and professionals will feel at home at the Badlands Golf Club that offers four sets of tees and is famous for its desert terrain and ravines. Advance reservations of up to 60 days are accepted and the green fee is inclusive of the use of a golf cart. The Desert Rose Club is another popular golfing destination. Started in 1964, the course is surrounded by pine trees and majestic mountains. The club hosts the annual Clark County Amateur competition and its facilities have been spruced up further by some recent improvements. Walking on the soft greens is a pleasant experience in itself, which is why many prefer to walk the course rather than using golf carts. Advance reservations of up to 7 days are accepted.

The Bali Hai resort club is considered to be the finest that the city of Las Vegas can offer as far as golf is considered. The highlight of the course is the par-71 design on the Strip that includes water features, pine trees and white sand bunkers. There is a pro shop with a rich stock of tropical themed clothes and art works. There’s a warm up area that boasts of an automatic ball teeing while the Cili restaurant that overlooks the course and has a private patio dining area will pamper you with some exotic fare. Reservations are available up to 6 months in advance and the green fees cover the use of a golf cart.

For an elevated golfing experience, be at the Falls Golf Club that is situated high up in the mountains in desert canyons. Sheeps grazing in parts of the course is a familiar sight in this Las Vegas golf course. The clubhouse is tastefully built around a Tuscan theme and houses a large chandelier and exquisite furnishings that liven things up in the interior. There is a 60-foot working bell tower that golfers use to set their watches. The club accepts reservations up to 90 days in advance and a golf cart and complimentary practice balls are included in the green fees.

The Wolf Creek Club is relatively new, having started in 2000. It has the unique distinction of being voted the Best New Course in the United States by Golf Digest. This Las Vegas golf course offers excellent views of the town of Mesquite, colorful rocky canyons and beautiful waterfalls. There’s a pro shop in the clubhouse, as also a gourmet restaurant on the terrace. Reservations are available only up to 60 days in advance while for group parties, advance reservations of up to a year can be made.