I arrived all fresh and relaxed to tame the wilds of the Ceduna GC, I believe that holes 1 and 18 are their most difficult. You wouldn't believe it but they are
the 2 holes picked for the Nullarbor Links.
The following is today's hole by hole description of how I tamed the world famous Nullarbor Links Golf Course(s).
- Hole 1 is called Oyster Beds and it is a monster par 5 485 meters. With my bag of clubs, well actually only 2 clubs, a 3 iron and a putter and
a snap tight plastic bag of used golf balls, that Bazza my neighbour gave me, I walked over to the tee, which just happened to be the ladies. No big deal,
everyone has butterflies at facing this monster hole. The scene is set, I am encouraged by the roar of the crowd, well Marg was the only person there and
was taking photos of me. I pull out my tee, now this is no ordinary tee, I was told by the lady at the Tourist Centre to cut the top off a coke bottle
and use that as a tee, and also tee up on the fairway.
I place my used golf ball on my plastic coke tee, have a few warm up swings and then unleash my awesome power on that little white bastard. My backswing
was awesome and follow through just oozed brute force, so much so, that as my 3 iron came through, it sent the plastic coke tee a good 20ft in front of me
and missed the little bastard all together, which was still at my feet. Stroke 1. Not to be put off by this slight mistiming, I wander over and picked up
my plastic coke tee and placed the white bastard on top. This time there was contact with the little white bastard and it went at least 20 to 30 meters and
finished on the gravel of the carpark. Stroke 2. Again not to be deferred I picked up the ball and placed it on the fairway. You will be glad to know that I
did make contact with the ball and eventually was on the green for 10 and after some excellent putting, I picked the ball up from the cup after 3 lovely putts.
1st Hole - 13 off the stick. Not a bad effort, I was looking at breaking 200 for 18 holes. Marg and I were quite impressed with my skill and agreed that I
really haven't lost any of my previous golf skill. You again may find this extremely hard to believe, but in my lifetime of 58 years, I think that I
have played maybe 10 games of golf. In a rather happy state, we walked about 150 meters over to the 18th hole aka Hole 2 Denial Bay.
- Hole 2 is called Denial Bay and it is a par 4 370 meters. As we approached the tee, I was a little taken aback, as the first 100 meters was rough
as in very bloody rough, I thought that I might have trouble clearing the rough with my drive and I was in two minds, whether to start from the mowed part
of the fairwway or go for it and risk losing a couple of balls. I went for it. My plastic coke tee was worst for wear. As it was that buggered, I couldn't
use it, so I just rested my ball on a very nice tuff of green stuff. Another warm up/practice swing, and I was ready, this time I didn't stuff it, as such.
I did hit it, so that is better than my 1st tee, but I must have winged it as it stopped on the ladies tee, good shot, as I am not in the rough and have
nice grass to hit from. My next shot just made it onto the mowed fairway, Marg was that impressed, that she was telling me where to hit it, yeah right.
After some unbelieveable great shots that would make even Tiger jealous, I was just off the green, not close enough to use my putter, so I was still
using my 3 iron. Anyway, I managed to connect and went straight over the green and finally scrambled home for an 8.
- After 2 holes I am 21 or 12 over par with 16 holes to play.
Hole 3 is at the Penong Roadhouse and we should be there sometime tomorrow morning.
, we will probably loose Internet reception, while we head on to Penong-Hole 3, Nundroo-Hole 4, Nullarbor-Hole 5 staying overnight at Nullarbor Roadhouse.
, Border Village-Hole 6, Eucla Beach-Hole 7, Mundrabilia-Hole 8, Madura-Hole 9 staying overnight at Madura Roadhouse
, Cocklebiddy-Hole 10, Caiguna-Hole 11, Balladonia Hole 12, Fraser Range-Hole 13 staying overnight at Fraser Range