Watch: World’s Only Shark Infested Golf Course Has 9 Foot Sharks!

Written by Kellianne Matthews
Updated: January 24, 2023
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When enjoying an afternoon at a golf course, you can expect to be challenged by a few obstacles as you move through each hole. These golf “hazards” are common at golf courses around the world. Things like small hills, trees, bunkers filled with sand, and lakes, are all quite standard at any golf course. Many a seasoned golfer has lost a ball or two in the water hazards. At many courses children and teenagers earn extra summer money scouring the lakes to retrieve these lost golf balls.

There is one golf course, however, where no one is allowed to enter the water, no matter how many errant golf balls have been lost. At Australia’s Carbrook Golf Club there is a rather unique water hazard, unlike anything you have ever seen. The large lake near the course’s 15th hole is not only deep—it’s also filled with sharks!

Carbrook Golf Club might just be the only golf course in the world with real life sharks. Fortunately, if you can’t go see this sharky phenomenon for yourself, there is a video that proves it is more than just a myth.

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The video opens with a golfer explaining the first time she saw the sharks at Carbrook Golf Club. Some men were feeding the sharks along the side of the lake. The woman says that one of the sharks “came up and it was just like Jaws coming up out of the water!”

But where did these sharks come from, and how did they get here? The video goes on to explain that a nearby river flooded into the golf course during the 1990’s, and apparently a few small sharks got washed into the lake. Over the next few years, golfers claimed that they saw fins in the water. However, no one could really prove it for sure, so the sharks remained somewhat of an urban myth.

Then in the early 2000’s someone finally caught the sharks on camera! Not only did the course have sharks in their lake, but it turns out that the sharks were thriving and even breeding. The video’s narrator explains that the sharks at Carbrook Golf Club are Bull Sharks, one of the most dangerous types of sharks in the world! Wild bull sharks are responsible for 27 fatal attacks on humans.

You might think that a lake filled with dangerous bull sharks would scare people away from the golf course. Nope—just the opposite! People come from all over the world to see Australia’s famous shark-infested golf course.

The video ends with a young man sitting along the bank on the edge of the lake. A few feet behind him there is a dark shark fin peeking out of the water. The man tells us that “It’s alright if you don’t get too close”. Rather than being off-putting to the golfers, the club’s shark-infestation has become quite the highlight for visitors. Of course, if you hit your ball into this lake hazard, you probably don’t want to retrieve it.

Ready for more shark encounters? Check out the videos below!

Meet an Incredible Woman Who Has Removed 300 Hooks from Shark Mouths – Watch this incredible “shark whisperer” as she gets close enough to pet sharks and remove fishhooks from their mouths!

See A Surfer Narrowly Survive A Shark Attack During Competition – Surfing huge waves is dangerous enough. Imagine being this close to a shark attack!

See The 21-Foot Shark That May Be The Largest Great White Shark on Record – Great white sharks are enormous predators, and this one may be the biggest ever.

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Giant bull shark / Zambezi Shark, with cleaner fishes, swimming in deep blue water.
Giant bull shark / Zambezi Shark, with cleaner fishes, swimming in deep blue water.
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As a professional writer and editor for many years, I have dedicated my work to the fascinating exploration of anthrozoology and human-animal relationships. I hold a master's degree with experience in humanities, human-animal studies, ecocriticism, wildlife conservation, and animal behavior. My research focuses on the intricate relationships and dynamics between humans and the natural world, with the goal of re-evaluating and imagining new possibilities amid the uncertainty and challenges of the Anthropocene.

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