Kalgoorlie - Nullarbor Links Golf Challenge

Trip Start Apr 23, 2012
Trip End Sep 19, 2012

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tiger and Caddy’s Nullarbor Challenge

The Nullarbor Links Golf Challenge, or as we have re-titled it, the Outback Bash, commenced at Ceduna on Tuesday 1st May and finished at Kalgoorlie on Tuesday 8th May, covering 1365 kms and 18 holes, and far too many watering holes to mention.

The experts reckon the course is Par 72, but we reckon it is at least double that.  We had heard the the highest score was over 400, and of course, Caddy being very competitive, aimed  to beat that score.

Because of the rock hard, undulating terrain and local conditions, we were advised to use bottle tops instead of regular tees, and Tiger did his best to keep up the supply of beer caps at every watering hole possible.  At every tee off, bottle tops and dust and local wildlife flew in all directions.   Some tops were retrieved for further use and others disappeared in to the scrub never to be seen again.

The unique Ball Robbing Black Crows, which were found at several of the courses, and was another obstacle, and Tiger found that the best way to deter them was to spray his balls with smelly stuff, which did make them quite slippery to handle. 

The locals had gone to so much trouble, planting salt bushes everywhere and scattering their courses with small and large white rocks which looked just like Tiger’s white balls, and it was not until they were whacked with the wood that he knew the difference.   Amazingly in the dry landscape the only water feature at one course was the septic overflow.

We had heard the myth about the Nullarbor Nymph who was supposedly living with kangaroos in the bush back in the ‘70’s, and were most surprised when she appeared and posed to have a photo taken before disappearing back in to the bush. 

We started out with 6 balls and ended up with 6 different balls – you win some, you lose some!  The Caddy forgot to bring the golf bag and cart, so a plastic bag did the job to carry the golf balls and tees, that is until it developed a hole in the bottom, and Tiger thought that the crows were dropping balls at his feet. Very funny moment!  We were never hungry after our golf game due to the number of flies that we swallowed during the game.

At Cocklebiddy, a local told us about a couple in their 70’s who played the whole course minus their clothes…. wonder how they went at Kalgoorlie, where the dress code was long trousers, and collared shirt?

The best/worst course was at Kalgoorlie.  Top class, fabulous course, but give us the dust and dirt any day, along with the roos, emus, crows, snakes, bull ants, flies……..

Great fun was had by all.  
Oh, and by the way, our score will never be disclosed.

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