Former AFL star Nick Dal Santo tees off at midnight after restrictions ease

Former St Kilda and North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo is believed to be the first person to tee off at a golf course in Victoria after the easing of social distancing laws in the state - shortly after midnight in pitch black darkness.

Following the Victorian restrictions on golf lifting at 11.59pm on Tuesday May 12, Dal Santo was given an opportunity to play at Brighton Public Golf Course in Melbourne at 12.05am to hit a few balls.

Guided by glow-in-the-dark balls, tees and flags, and a 'runway strip' of neon poles along the fairway, the 322-game AFL great was unsurprisingly the only player on the course as the clock struck midnight.

"I've been missing football and golf - golf is my release. I've been missing it for what feels like a lifetime," Dal Santo, a COBRA PUMA Golf ambassador, said.

"I was excited, I couldn't sleep, and I thought why not come down and be first to tee off at 12am."

And most importantly, how did Dal Santo, who plays off scratch, fare after such a long break between rounds?

"I actually hit them surprisingly well - maybe there's something in that that I actually do better when I can't see my club face hitting the ball," he said.