A real Australian golf course.
If you've ever played a Tiger Woods golf game and played on an Australian course in the game, you will have noticed kangaroos grazing in the fairways. We went to Yarrambat Park Community Golf Course and it wasn't quite like that today, but there were indeed kangaroos lazing around under the trees off to the side, totally oblivious to the people nearby. They are also really well camouflaged (there are kangaroos in that first picture in case you couldn't see them).I have a feeling this isn't as common as I might think since we were playing on a golf course about 40 minutes from here which is just to the north of the city. I'm not sure what's normal around here, but green fees here are heaps cheaper than at home. 18 holes today was $25 and it's actually only $10.50 on weekdays for students and seniors.
There was also a flock of female cockatoos causing quite a racket as well. I don't know what the sound they were making means, but it sounded like some were about to drop dead out of the tree. At least the posed nicely for a picture for me while they were digging in the dirt.
Another great thing about Australia is that you can golf all year round. It might be a bit cool in the winter, but the grass probably greens up nicely. It is the end of summer now, so a lot of the grass was really burned up.
Before we went to the golf course, we stopped by Niclas' relatives house to get his cousin and some clubs for me. They live about 5 minutes from the golf course and the scenery from their house is awesome; a real typcial hilly Australian landscape. It's actually pretty impressive and this picture I took will be my desktop background for the time being. I have some other great trips lined up and I'm sure another picture will take over then.
On a side note, last night was St. Patricks Day. We went to an Irish pub on Chapel Street. I was disappointed because other than people wearing green, it wasn't Irish at all. It wasn't like a pub at all, more just like any other club, with a DJ playing the usual music from any other night. There was also no green beer like in Canada. There is always next year...
When I go places, I follow our route on a map, and when I look at where I've been compared to the entire country it's pretty insignificant even though it has seemed like it's been a lot and been heaps of fun. I think I will constantly be reminded how massive Australia is, and be glad that I still have until December to get to as much as possible.
To view photos from this trip, visit www.ryandownunder.blogspot.com