A water hazard with quite a bite!

The world's first shark-infested golf course

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Mon, 10 Oct 2011

We all know that sinking feeling we get when our ball disappears into a lake; a gentle rippling of water the only evidence of a pushed tee shot.

It’s always tempting to try and fish out that treasured Titleist, but golfers at Carbrook Golf Club are more than happy to condemn their ProV1s to a watery grave - because the water hazard at the 14th of the Brisbane track has been infested by six man-eating bullsharks.

The deadly creatures ended up in the Queensland course when the nearby Logan River broke its banks and flooded the course. And when the water receded, the sharks became stranded but thrived in their new home and even began breeding.

“You can’t believe how close you are – just six feet away!” said club manager Scott Wagstaff.

“There’s no drama. It’s become a positive thing for the golf course. They are amazing and I’ve become a shark lover since working here.”

The lake is well stocked with fish, but Mr Wagstaff regularly throws in slabs of meat to encourage the sharks to the surface.

“I’m sure they are aggressive when you are in the water but when you are out here feeding them they are beautiful to watch,” he added.

Golfers will often pause to see if they can see the 10-foot sharks before heading off to the 15th tee and they have proved quite a hit at corporate events held at the club, while local children unsurprisingly no longer jump in the lake to retrieve lost balls for extra pocket money.

For a video of reaction from Carbrook members, see the Sky News report.

 

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