Election promise will see upgrade of the world's longest golf course

UPGRADE: Nullarbor Links committee member Bob Bongiorno, Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Allannah MacTiernan, Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent and sponsor Paul Smythe check out the Kalgoorlie hole on the course. Photo: Supplied
UPGRADE: Nullarbor Links committee member Bob Bongiorno, Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Allannah MacTiernan, Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent and sponsor Paul Smythe check out the Kalgoorlie hole on the course. Photo: Supplied

The world's longest golf course is set for an upgrade under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government in Western Australia.

The Nullarbor Links Golf Course stretches from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in the west, taking in farming districts in Penong and Nundroo, the stunning scenery of the Nullarbor coastline, the beaches of Eucla, a working cattle station at Fraser Range, and Indigenous art and dance of the Ngadju people in Norseman.

Western Australian Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent, sponsor Paul Smythe and Nullarbor Links committee member Bob Bongiorno recently visited the 18th hole at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course where the Minister made an announcement of a $20,000 WA Labor funding commitment to carry out important maintenance on the famous course.

The 18-hole par 72 course spans 1365 kilometres, with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along Eyre Highway.

Each hole includes a synthetic green, tee and rugged natural terrain fairway.

The funding commitment will support a service and maintenance project on the greens and tees, including providing a second hole on each green to save wear and tear around the putting hole, and reaffirming all the edges of the greens.

Despite it being a Western Australia funding commitment, Nullarbor Links course manager Alf Caputo said the South Australian portion of the course would also be upgraded.

Mr Caputo said the upgrades would be a big boost for the course.

"It will do wonders and help us immensely," he said.

"We only have one hole on each green and we've had nearly 30,000 people play the course over 11 years so you can imagine the wear and tear over that time.

"We will put another hole on the green to take pressure away from the existing hole, and we can alternate between the two which will help us to maintain the greens a lot longer."

Mr Caputo said Ms Kent had been a supporter of Nullarbor Links "since day one" and thanked her and the government for their support.

The course has won tourism awards in Western Australia during its decade of operation and attracted people from across the country and from abroad.

"There is a huge amount of people it brings to the region, and people come nationally and internationally to play the course," Mr Caputo said.

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