But teacher Greg Seiffert is out to change that, thanks in part to a chance discovery.
“I found a bag of golf clubs and balls in the sports shed and I thought ‘I’ll take the senior kids out and have a hit across the oval’, and they liked it!” he tells Australian Teacher Magazine.
Spurred on by the children’s enthusiasm, Seiffert quickly set up a mini golf course in the schools’ ‘big activity room’ for the younger kids, before stepping things up a notch for his senior golfing addicts.
“I talked to the principal … and ended up getting a truckload of gypsum round the oval, and I got the kids to help spread it out and even it out, which was part of (their) work experience…”
The project has morphed into a whole-school initiative involving all four of Yalata’s classes, bringing together literacy, numeracy and design skills.
In maths, students have been plotting the course using trundle wheels, while those in the advanced literacy class have been examining the history of golf as well as its particular rules and terminology.
“There’s a possibility that we might be able to make this into a bit of a SACE course,” Seiffert adds.
With tin cans for holes and pins constructed from pieces of bamboo, the four-hole course has been attracting a fair bit of attention in the town.
Indeed, Seiffert now has his eyes on a bigger prize: getting their green listed as part of The Nullarbor Links Golf Course, the longest golf course in the world.
“We’ve looked at the maps of the towns (involved), from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie, and there’s a nice gap there that Yalata could fit in,”he muses.