28/06/16 270kms west of Streaky Bay, we arrived to stay the night at Coorabie Farm, 12kms in off the Eyre Highway. Once again, the relatively short trip took about 5 hours with a couple of coffee breaks and recces of the towns of Smokey Bay and Ceduna. The country became progressively drier as we motored along, green pastures changing to dry salt bush paddocks and mulga scrub country. Within a short time, the country had steadily become drier and less manicured, and started to look like it would have been before Europeans arrived.
At Ceduna, I played the first two holes of the Nullarbor Links, the world’s longest golf course stretching 1,400kms from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie. At Penong, 70kms on from Ceduna, was the 3rd hole, played in the shadows of restored Australian windmills. The rest of the golf holes are located at roadhouses dotted along the Eyre Highway as we cross the Nullarbor, with the 17th and 18th at Kalgoorlie. The Spalding Pro 5 iron that I’d purchased for $5.00 at an Op Shop some time ago has proven most versatile for covering all the required shots – teeing off, driving, chipping, and putting – and my scorecard is so very reflective of my omni-club approach. I wonder if there’s a prize for the highest score card?
Dinner at Coorabie Farm was had around the warmth of the campfire with fellow Queenslanders Mick and Loretta, and later in the evening Selina arrived in camp, a young cyclist riding solo from Perth to some as yet undetermined destination, probably Melbourne she said. We no longer feel qualified to complain about the weather conditions after seeing the way she travels.
“While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake.” – Henny Youngman