Mark Twain was said to have described golf as “a nice walk spoiled”, and I have to admit I tend to be on his side. However, I know there are many people who take the opposite view, and in some cases even feel that if there is no golf in heaven, then what’s the point of going there?
As you could guess, people have gone to great lengths to create some very unusual golf courses, and another thing you could guess is that Google has not failed to document this – see http://foursum.com/otd/25-unconventional-different-strange-golf-courses/ . If you want to try for three correct guesses in a row, you’d probably say, yes, the Australian Outback, being the home of many unusual things, features on Google’s list of 25. And you’d be right again! The Outback features twice!
There’s the Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club. Coober Pedy is an opal-mining town in South Australia, where many of the residents live underground (to get away from the extreme heat). But the ones who are mad golfers will leave their cool underground homes to go and play golf (in the sun) on their grassless golf course! (Both grass and water to keep the grass alive are fairly scarce in Coober Pedy.)
Then there’s “Nullarbor Links”, an 18-hole course stretching some 1365 kms across the Nullarbor Plain (“null arbor” is Latin for “no tree” – get it?), from Ceduna (South Australia) at the eastern end to Kalgoorlie (Western Australia) at the western end. You can play the course in either direction, and it’s recommended you drive (in your car, that is), rather than walk, from one green to the next tee, since it may be up to 100 kms away.
But another Outback golf course that deserves mention, even though it’s not on the Google list, is the “Tri-State Golf Course” at Cameron Corner, the place where Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia meet. It’s a 9-hole course, with three holes in each state, but all within easy walking distance of the famous “Corner Store”. Since Cameron Corner is in the Strzelecki Desert, creating and maintaining “greens” is simply not feasible, and instead there are “browns”, created from a mixture of sand and oil. If you complete a round, you receive a “Certificate of Completion” which you will no doubt frame and hang on the wall at home. How impressive that would be!
And I’m sure there are a few other Outback golf courses to cater for all you golf fanatics. Maybe the Outback has more golf courses than heaven!