Until recently, golf courses -- even the longest course in the world -- were measured in yards. The Pines Course at The International in Bolton, Mass., is almost 8,400 yards. Dub's Dread in Kansas City, Kan., was 8,204 yards when it opened but has been trimmed to 7,100. Antler Creek Golf Course in Denver is a par-72 at an altitude of 7,000 feet and measures 8,058 yards. Finally, outside of Lijiang City, China, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club, perched in the Himalayas at 10,000 feet, extends for 8,450 yards, including a 735-yard par 5. Who would want a longer golf course?
Apparently, Australians wanted a longer, more leisurely golf experience. The brainchild of the Eyre Highway Operators Association, Nullarbor Links in southern Australia extends 848 miles (1,365 kilometers) along the Eyre Highway from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. The 18-hole, par-72 course features a hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the highway, and players are advised to allow at least four days to play the entire course. (Something tells me that someone is going to try to play straight through in less than 24 hours. I think the folks at Guinness World Records should be hearing from them soon.)