You have not played golf until you play on a golf course like this
I have a few life goals on my list. For many people out there, it is to play the golf courses that are rated as the GREATS. These are courses like St. Andrews, Augusta, Troon and other courses ranked in this league. I mean, those are great golf courses but if you want to really know how good of a player your are, you need to seek out golf courses like Kulin.
Now you may ask the question: “how does a course like this determine what type of golfer I am?”
The answer is simply this….you will be faced with a range of lies and how you play them will be determined how skilled you are. Anyone can play a shot off a nice piece of soft grass. Not everyone can play off a rock!
My life goals involves things like this:
- I want to play a golf course like Kulin
- I want to play a golf course that has a oil green and sand fairways
Now to date I have ticked a few goals:
- I have played on a course with sheep. That was amazing. The greens had a fence around it.
- I have played on a golf course with baboons. One of their kids stole my ball.
- I have played on a golf course with kangaroos. Now that was interesting driving along side a male kangaroo…talk about pressure!
- I have played on a course with alligators. That is one golf course you don’t really want to play a hazard shot.
- I have played golf in the snow
- I have played golf in sub zero temperatures where it was so cold the greens were ice. Gave a whole new dimension to putting.
So, as you can see I play golf more for an experience than to follow the norm of playing the GREATS. Don’t get me wrong…I would play any great golf course if given the chance. But to play a course like this…. #priceless.
I would have driven past this course if it was not for the TIN HORSE Highway. At first I thought the tee was just part of the sculpture. Then, under closer inspection, I realized it was the real deal.
With artificial turf my thoughts were drawn the fairway. I now wished I had at least one club and ball with me. This trip – I had nothing. So, I could only imagine what it would feel like playing a shot off the tee and then see it land on the fairway.
At this point I looked around for a green and saw a circle of sand. I thought there was no possible way this could be a green. So I hopped into my car and drove down the side road to find more holes. To my delight – there was. And this time I could have a closer inspection of the green.
Ironically I could not find a hole. So I immediately thought about how they would finish the hole. According to the rules of golf a hole is completed when you ‘hole out’. It did not really bother me much because I can’t say I am the best of putters. So, technically – this golf course was just up my ally.
Surprisingly, this course also had a bunker. I found this rather amusing because one would have to struggle playing your shot all the way to the green only to be faced with a bunker. Technically I would be aiming to land my ball in all the bunkers I could find because it looked a lot less forgiving.
Kulin Golf Course comprises of 18 holes and is a par 72. I am unsure how they determined the par as per the ‘hole’ query. However, I have to say that this would be one of the toughest courses to play on. And like I said – You have not played golf until you have played a course like this.
Notably – this course is now on my radar and I am already planning for a re-visit so that I can play at least 9 of the 18 holes.
Tips for Playing Kulin Golf Course:
- Don’t play with new clubs. I saw some second hand clubs that might do the trick!
- Take a range of colored balls. I have a feeling yellow might get lost…but it was worth the shot. (hahaha Pun unexpected)
- If you see something moving in the grass – long and brown – best not to investigate. In fact, best you get out of that zone as fast as possible. Brown snakes are pretty poisonous.
- Don’t look for a line on the putt. Chances are that you may not be putting at all (given that I could not find a hole)…but in the case that you do – getting it close would be primary goal.
- Make sure you track and mark where you ball goes. Even a great shot has a chance to make your next experience a little rough! (Pun intended)
- If you venture into the rough – do so VERY carefully. I heard making noise is best – but I have not personally experience this! Not sure I would want that on my list either!
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