You may not know it to look at me, but I am a huge fan of golf. I’ve been playing since I was eighteen, and while I am not even remotely talented at it – if I break 1100, it’s a good day – I do love the game.
I’ve always dreamed of playing on a top-flight course in a beautiful locale. Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia is not one of them.
You’ve probably heard of crocodile-infested golf course ponds before, but one unique golf course in Australia is home to an even greater threat that makes water hazards truly dangerous – sharks.
The 14th tee at the Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane is a tricky one, as it’s close to a 21 hectare, 14-meter deep lagoon that happens to be the home of a dozen full-grown bull sharks. They’ve been around since the late 1990s, and even though the species is notorious for its aggressiveness, especially against humans, the bull sharks of Carbrook have become somewhat of a tourist attraction. The club even has a monthly tournament named after its unusual inhabitants, Shark Lake Challenge.
Nope, nope, and more nope. I’d be the guy who gets his foot chewed off.
No one knows exactly how the bull sharks ended up in the Carbrook Golf Club, but the most popular theory is that they arrived during the Brisbane floods of the late 1990s. As the water receded, it is believed that six sharks found themselves trapped inside the course, but they managed to thrive and reproduce. Today, there are apparently a dozen sharks living in the lake.
I’ve always been the guy who would fish my golf balls out of the lake, because they aren’t exactly cheap. If I ever find myself at Carbrook, I’ll have no problem waving my sliced shots goodbye.