Sun-soaked golf chase

Participants in the Chasing the Sun golf tournament will tee off in Ceduna next month as they attempt to tackle the world’s longest golf course.

More than 30 people are expected to participate in the Nullarbor Links golf course tournament, which starts in Ceduna on Saturday, April 1 and finishes a week later in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Nancy Prior from the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre encouraged people to get involved.

“It’s absolutely brilliant to have the tournament start here in Ceduna,” she said.

“It’s a lot of fun, there is plenty of entertainment and a bit of golf along the way.”

The tournament begins with a 7am champagne breakfast hosted by members of the Ceduna Golf Club and after playing the two holes the participants will drive to Penong, play Windmills and have lunch.

Nullarbor Links manager Alf Caputo said it showcased Ceduna to the world.

“It’s the most unique golf course in the world, there’s no other like it,” he said.

“This is bringing people from all over the world to Ceduna – last year’s tournament had two people from Germany and one from Vietnam and this year there’s three from Germany, plus it brings people from all over Australia to the town.

“Toasting the sun with a glass of champagne as the sun comes up at the start of the tournament in Ceduna is a highlight and the following Saturday night’s cocktail night in Kalgoorlie toasting the sunset is another, with plenty in between.”

Lindsay Scutt of Queensland recently played the course with his wife Karen and wished he could participate in the tournament.

“The course at Ceduna was much better than I expected – I was expecting dirt and sand but found grass,” he said.

“It was a good experience to play the Nullarbor Links and I wish I could have played the tournament, unfortunately our schedules haven’t come together.”

The event has been running since 2009 and takes participants from Ceduna to towns such as Penong, Nundroo, Eucla, Norseman and finally, Kalgoorlie.

Country singer Bernie Scott will entertain the golfers along the journey.

Ms Prior said people interested in participating can still register their interest by visiting the Ceduna Visitor Information Centre for assistance or calling Alf Caputo on 0407 990 049.