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

Giant bull shark / Zambezi Shark, with cleaner fishes, swimming in deep blue water.
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Written by Kellianne Matthews

Updated: October 19, 2023

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When enjoying an afternoon at a golf course, you may expect 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 courses throughout the world, teenagers earn extra summer money scouring the lakes to retrieve these lost golf balls.

However, at one Australian golf course, no one is allowed to enter the water, no matter how many errant golf balls soar to its depths. Australia’s Carbrook Golf Club features 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 home to sharks!

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

Don’t Miss These Bull Sharks that Live at the Golf Course!

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 the golf course during the 1990’s, and apparently, a few small sharks 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 2000s, someone finally caught the sharks on camera! Not only did the lake have sharks, but these large fish were thriving! 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 adjacent 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, a dark shark fin peeks out of the water. The man tells us “It’s alright if you don’t get too close.” Rather than deterring 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 definitely won’t want to retrieve it.

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About the Author

Kellianne Matthews is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is on anthrozoology, conservation, human-animal relationships, and animal behavior. Kellianne has been writing and researching animals for over ten years and has decades of hands-on experience working with a variety of different animals. She holds a Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University, which she earned in 2017. A resident of Utah, Kellianne enjoys creating, exploring and learning new things, analyzing movies, caring for animals, and playing with her cats.

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