Travelling with a golf fanatic can be a bit of challenge, especially as we had no room for the golf clubs anywhere in our trailer. Every time we drive through a town and perfectly manicured, glorious green fairways are spotted an air of sadness descends in the Pajero….’I really miss golf’, ‘look how amazing that fairway is’ and, ‘if only I could have a shot on that course’.

So there was great delight all round when my co-driver spotted a sign in the absolute middle of nowhere, right on the edge of Australia’s Strzelecki Desert advertising ‘Corner Country Tri-State Golf’. Corner Country is the place where the three states of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet. Its a barren spot flanked by desert, stony gibber plains, and skeletal trees. Any gust of wind picks up the dust and swirls it over everything in its path. But that didn’t deter some enterprising folks who have established the Cameron Corner pub, corner shop and golf course to entertain passing visitors. For $25 you can hire some clubs, balls, tees and have a crack at three holes in three states down desert fairways onto red sand ‘greens’.


The first three holes, all Par 3, are in South Australia. As each of the sand greens are surrounded by the Corner’s equivalent of bunkers – small red-sand hummocks covered with wiry bushes – ┬álocating the ball after overshooting the green can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily we were given three balls.


The first hole


Red sand ‘greens’

The next three holes are in New South Wales and you need to cross through the iconic ‘Dog Fence’ to get to them. The Dog Fence is the world’s longest fence (more then 5000km long) and was created in the 1880s to keep dingos away from sheep flocks in southern Queensland and the south-eastern part of Australia.


The Dog Fence is the world’s longest fence. It must be crossed twice while playing Tri-State Golf


Red sand and golf balls

Three more Par three holes in New South Wales and across the fence again into Queensland for the final three. The Queensland holes are par 4, 5 and 3, much longer than the previous holes and come with the added hazard of piles of cow and horse dung from nearby cattle stations. By this point the blazing desert sun can cause mirages at the distant holes…at least thats what the golfer claimed when he shot a 7. The final tee requires players to cross a gravel road, avoiding the dust kicked up by passing 4WD tourists.


Hole 7 is in Queensland


Cow dung is a hazard on the course

Luckily the Cameron Corner Store pub is at the end of the hard slog. With a score of 42 on a Par 30 I’m thinking we might be looking for a links course to play next time round.


All geared up at the first hole


Nice swing


No ‘greens’ on this course


The hired clubs include a driver, 3,7,8 irons and a putter.


Players must cross this gravel road to get to the last hole



The course has three holes in NSW


The course has three holes in QLD


The course has three holes in South Australia.


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