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.
Hole 3 of the Nullarbor Links Golf Course (or hole 16 in reverse) is at Penong. It is a 260m Par 4 in open grass plain. The tee is found behind the Windmill Museum near the Penong Caravan Park, complete with a mini windmill sitting beside it, a contrast to the Big Windmill nearby.
The hole is named after the high number of windmills used in the Penong area, the main source of water coming from underground basins. The Big Windmill and Windmill Museum sits prominently next to the fairway, including Australia’s Biggest Windmill, a Comet Windmill with a larger fan than the normally very large 35′ fan.
The Tee is devoted to Pioneer Drive, in recognition of the pioneers who took up land in the Penong district in the 1890s. The pioneer family names are recognised in the names of the streets and in Pioneer Park. The early pioneers arrived to harsh virgin scrub. Making do with nothing in the hard life in the early days, they used local stone to construct their homes.
Penong is believed to mean “Rock Hole” but it could have been derived from a corruption of an Aboriginal word for “tea tree”, poomong.
Card is stamped at the Caltex Roadhouse in Penong.
Next: Hole 4 – Wombat Hole
Next Reverse: Hole 2 – Denial Bay
To get there:
Penong is about 70km west of Ceduna in South Australia. Coming from the east on Eyre Hwy, enter the town and turn right into West Terrace at the brown sign for Windmill Museum and another brown sign for Windmills. The Windmill Museum is about 250m on the right.
Coming from the west on Eyre Hwy (from ), enter the town and turn left into West Terrace at the brown sign for Windmill Museum and another brown sign for Windmills. The Windmill Museum is about 250m on the right.
From Hole 2 Denial Bay, leave the Ceduna Golf Club and head north out of town. When exiting the club you have to turn left in the wrong direction, turn around when you can then follow the signs towards Penong and Perth. Penong is about 70km along Eyre Hwy, turn right at the brown sign for Nullarbor Links Golf Course Windmills.
From Hole 4 Womat Hole, turn left from the Nundroo Roadhouse and follow Eyre Hwy for about 79km, turn left at the brown sign for Nullarbor Links Golf Course Windmills.