The Nullarbor Links Golf Course is an 18 hole course spread over 1,365 kilometres with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. Some holes are set up specifically for the course, others are a nominated hole at an established golf course.
Ceduna Golf Club is where the course starts with the first two holes, or if playing the Nullarbor Links Golf Course in reverse then they are the final two holes to complete the world’s longest golf game. The rest of the holes are spread along the Eyre Highway to Norseman, then north to the Goldfields Highway for the last three holes to finish at Kalgoorlie-Boulder where the 17th and 18th holes complete the course.
When the Nullarbor Links Golf Course was first conceived, it was intended to finish in Norseman where the western end of the Eyre Highway finishes. Kalgoorlie-Boulder Tourism supported the concept on the proviso the course finished in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The course can be undertaken in either direction. The order of holes on the official website starts from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie, however, you can start in Kalgoorlie and finish in Ceduna, as Roe’ving Australia did when they completed the course in 2019. Roe’ving Australia have generously supplied photos of the Nullarbor Links Golf Course from their adventure.
Each hole has a name and each tee is dedicated to a person or people related to the area. The first two holes are called Oyster Beds and Denial Bay, both related to each other.
To play the Nullarbor Links Golf Course officially, you will need to become a member at the Ceduna Tourist Information Centre or from Kalgoorlie Visitor Information Centre. Each player is given a score card to get stamped along the way, along with other materials for your journey. At the other end, the score card is checked and you are issued with a Certificate of Completion.
Hole 1 Oyster Beds (or 18 in reverse) of the Nullarbor Links Golf Course is a 485m par 5 hole on the Ceduna Golf Club course. The tee is found near the club house.
The name Oyster Beds is attributed by the new oyster industry started in 1985 in the waters of Denial Bay. They oysters were given to Graham Hoffrichter by a relative who was experimenting with Pacific Oysters in Venus Bay. The Venus Bay oysters failed but the Denial Bay oysters thrived with 85 hectares of cultivated oysters and another 40 hectares off St Peters Island. The tee for Hole 1 is devoted to Graham Hoffrichter.
Hole 2 Denial Bay (or 17 in reverse) of Nullarbor Links Golf Course is a 370m par 4 hole, immediately following Hole 1 on the Ceduna Golf Club course.
The name Denial Bay is attributed as the first settlement and port area. From those foundations, Ceduna and Port Thevenard were developed.
The tee for Hole 2 is devoted to William McKenzie, a pioneer of the district from 1844 to 1906. He settled in the area in 1880 and had a wide ranging list of jobs, including blacksmith, builder, and harbour master. He also assisted new settlers with advice and in some cases physical labour. William McKenzie was the first in the district to desalinate water for stock use, sourced from the sea.
Next: Hole 3 – Windmills
To get there:
From the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre, head north along Poynton St. After 350m, turn right onto Kuhlmann St and the entry to the Ceduna Golf Club is 180m on the left.