The 18-hole Nullarbor Links spans 1,365 kilometres from Ceduna in South Australia to the Western Australian mining city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The concept was born over three bottles of wine shared between Alf Caputo and the manager of the Balladonia Roadhouse, Bob Bongiorno, who wanted to find a way to keep tourists in the remote region for longer.
Mr Caputo, who remains the course manager today, said thousands of people had played the Nullarbor Links over the past decade.
“We have receipts for about 17,000 that have actually paid to play by getting a scorecard, but we know and understand from feedback from the roadhouses that almost the same amount play but don’t pay,” he said.
“The other side of it is there have been benefits in people playing the course from a safety point of view.
“There’s some compelling figures to say the accident rates have dropped significantly because fatigue doesn’t exist if you drive 100 kilometres, have to get out and hit a ball.”
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