Club of the Month: Ballina Golf and Sports Club

Club of the Month: Ballina Golf and Sports Club

BALLINA Golf and Sports Club, located about an hour south of the Gold Coast and 10 minutes from Ballina Airport, is a lush green parkland golf course that offers peaceful vistas of North Creek and lovely carefully maintained flora. Known as the Garden Course of the Northern Rivers, Ballina GSC is a traditional golf club […]

Melbourne golfers skate into the record books

Melbourne golfers skate into the record books

It was an exciting morning at Melbourne’s Ringwood Golf Course on Monday 11 April, as an enthusiastic group of golfers gathered to set a number of world records for the fastest rounds of golf played on a Golf Skate Caddy ‒ a feat never attempted previously. Professional golfer Graham Maher set the overall fastest time […]

WIN: Australia’s top courses on offer at Seventh Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

WIN: Australia’s top courses on offer at Seventh Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

The magnificent Mornington Peninsula will once again be on show to golfers from around Australia and overseas as the highly-anticipated Seventh Annual Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic tees off from 2-7 October. The golf extravaganza is regularly recognised as one of the most enjoyable and best-value events on the annual amateur golfing calendar, and will see […]

Cereal killer: golf and the “convenience” factor

Cereal killer: golf and the “convenience” factor

A recent story in the New York Times reported that the breakfast cereal industry is in dire straits.  Sales of the quick and easy breakfast favourite have tumbled by almost 30 per cent over the past 15 years, with the future looking even more uncertain. That’s right. The bellwether breakfast staple for millions of kids […]

We Tried It: TaylorMade M2 Family

We Tried It: TaylorMade M2 Family

Whenever TaylorMade Golf launches a new set of clubs, I anxiously await my chance to get them out on the course for a test-drive. The last full set of TaylorMade clubs I tested – the RSi irons—were so good that I quickly added them to my bag on a permanent basis. And they have never […]

We tried it: PNP SiteLine putter and chipper

We tried it: PNP SiteLine putter and chipper

Having played golf for over 40 years, I’ve seen and tested nearly every new type of club on the market. While many of these products can easily fall into the “gimmick” category, there are a fair number of clubs that are the “real deal”, offering massive benefits to golfers of all levels. An even smaller […]

Gold Coast World Masters turns 21

Gold Coast World Masters turns 21

Few events have stood the test of time like the World Masters Golf Championship on the Gold Coast each October. This event for club golfers aged 35 years and over has attracted big numbers from all over Australia, New Zealand and around the world for more than 20 years. This month, we go behind the […]

King Island – Australia’s newest golf destination

King Island – Australia’s newest golf destination

In most golfing circles these days, King Island is spoken about with much excitement. Home to two of Australia’s newest (and arguably most exciting) golf courses, the tiny island is on the verge of a major boom in golf tourism, as the courses, services, accommodation and food are all becoming renowned across the globe.   […]

Australian golfers to ‘give back’ to the future

Australian golfers to ‘give back’ to the future

Australia’s new wave of elite professional golfers will help fund the future of Australian golf under a groundbreaking new program. Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt today announced the “Give Back” program, a revolutionary plan agreed by the body’s high performance staff and athletes. “In essence, when graduates of our high performance squads reach a […]

PING G Series Driver

PING G Series Driver

A close-up photograph of a dragonfly was the inspiration for the primary innovation in the driver. Inspired by biomimicry, an approach to innovation that emulates nature’s time-tested patterns, PING engineers created Dragonfly Technology. The complex exoskeleton design yields PING’s thinnest (0.43 mm) and lightest crown to date, saving eight grams while creating an intricate and […]

The power and the passion

The power and the passion

Last month, I witnessed first-hand how a group of passionate people, by working together, can make magic happen. I was part of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a website which helps products generate start-up funds through public pledges. This campaign hoped to fund the return of a 1990s US cult classic TV show (Mystery Science […]

PowaKaddy Freeway Range

PowaKaddy Freeway Range

As the best-selling brand in over 50 countries worldwide and with over 30 years of proven innovation, PowaKaddy lead the way with cutting-edge designs fused with the latest technology to deliver the perfect combination of performance, reliability and user friendly functionality. The new Powakaddy freeway range consists of three models FW3, FW5 and FW7 boasting […]

Kingston Heath Golf Club to host World Cup of Golf

Kingston Heath Golf Club to host World Cup of Golf

Kingston Heath Golf Club has been named as the host club of the 58th edition of the World Cup of Golf, with the format returning to team play (two-man teams) from 28 different countries squaring off on November 21-27, 2016, in Melbourne. One of the most historic global events in the game, the World Cup […]

It’s time to get social

It’s time to get social

If you’ve read my column on a regular basis over the past few years, you’ll have seen many references to the growth of social golf in Australia. Month after month, year after year, this country has seen a steady increase in golfers choosing to play the game via public access/green fees rather than join private […]

Women’s Australian Open heads to Adelaide

Women’s Australian Open heads to Adelaide

The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be played in Adelaide in 2016 and beyond. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt, in conjunction with South Australian Minister for Recreation and Sport and Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, announced the historic move at next year’s host venue, The Grange Golf Club. Midori Miyazaki, executive director for international […]

A team effort

A team effort

As you can imagine, the Inside Golf team spend a lot of time on the road, visiting private golf clubs, public courses, industry bodies and any number of golf-related businesses throughout the country. One of the more enjoyable aspects of my position is visiting with clubs and chatting with members, GMs, staff and the like. […]

Eastern’s opening marks Shark’s 100th

Eastern’s opening marks Shark’s 100th

Australia’s Great White Shark, Greg Norman, hit golf’s century mark yesterday, notching his 100th international course design with the official opening of The Eastern Golf Club’s new course in Yering. At an official opening ceremony at the club’s sparkling new clubhouse, Norman signified his delight that the milestone event for Greg Norman Golf Course Design […]

Are we all doing our part for golf?

Are we all doing our part for golf?

As a father of two school-aged children, I am often disheartened (or even downright angry) when I see, year after year, how sports like cricket, footy, soccer, netball and basketball take centre stage in the school newsletters, notices and other communications, while golf gets nary a mention. So imagine my surprise (nay, delight) when a […]

Profitability: at what cost?

Profitability: at what cost?

Following on from last month’s column about businesses and companies that are focusing more on profits than on customers, I’d like to address a related topic that is just as worrying: cost-cutting to excess. In business, there are (basically) two ways to boost profitability: 1) increase revenue, or 2) cut costs. Lacking the ability to […]

WIN: Cobra FLY-Z + Driver

WIN: Cobra FLY-Z + Driver

Cobra FLY-Z + Driver Cobra’s Fly-Z+ Driver features FlipZone weight technology- a revolutionary, moveable weight system engineered to provide two different flight paths in one club that enables maximum distance for any swing and any golfer. The key to increased distance is the ultra-low centre of gravity (CG) embodied in COBRA’s new FlipZone weight technology […]

How golf got into the rough

How golf got into the rough

As I’ve regularly discussed in this column, golf is currently experiencing difficult times. But how exactly did we get here? In examining our present, we must quickly look at our past. Prior to the 1990s, golf was generally considered a boring, elitist game for retirees. But with the entrance of Tiger Woods into the professional […]

Try on a Biion

Try on a Biion

  The newest kicks on the block – Biion Footwear was born out of a vision to create a lightweight, comfortable, supportive, slip-on spikeless performance golf shoe made out of EVA. Washable, Anti micro-bacterial, odour free, shock absorbent and spikeless. Biion shoes were, by far, the most “talked about” product at the recent PGA Show in […]

Horizons Golf Resort finds new owner

Horizons Golf Resort finds new owner

Horizons Golf Resort has found new owners, after being purchased for an undisclosed sum by long-term members Peter Rickard and Selva Saverimuttu. The former owner of the facility, Le Mellieur, went into receivership in 2010 and previous efforts to sell the course, had been blocked by their Korean banks who were owed around $12 million […]

New Eastern course open for business

New Eastern course open for business

Members of Melbourne’s Eastern Golf Club have begun a new chapter in their club’s history this month, with the long-awaited “soft” opening of their spectacular, brand-new Greg Norman-designed course in Yering on July 1. The new facility, in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, is the culmination of a massive seven-year project which followed a member vote in 2008 […]

Inside Golf turns 10

Inside Golf turns 10

This issue marks a significant milestone for our publication: 10 full years since we began. From our humble beginnings as a NSW social golf publication, (originally titled Inside Social Golf), Inside Golf has grown throughout the years to become (officially) Australia’s Most Read Golf Magazine. Having been involved with the publication from very early on […]

Aces aplenty at Tri-State Masters

Aces aplenty at Tri-State Masters

The Shane Doherty Memorial Tri-State Masters, one of Sunraysia’s most popular annual golf events, featured some extra excitement this year, with a pair of golfers driving home in style courtesy of well-timed aces. During round two of the three-round event, Mark Alvey from Mildura Golf Resort won a Harley Davidson XG500 Street bike valued at […]

Rolling on the river: Golf along the Mighty Murray River

Rolling on the river: Golf along the Mighty Murray River

A recent report by the Australian Golf Industry Council revealed that the Murray River region is the most frequently visited golf destination by the core golf tourist in Australia. And for good reason, with spectacular weather, picturesque surroundings and some truly memorable golf, the area has something for players of all levels. Inside Golf recently […]

A Quick-9 with: Ian Edwards, founder of MGI

A Quick-9 with:  Ian Edwards, founder of MGI

Tell us briefly about the history of MGI. I started the business in September, 1993 from home. What motivated me was necessity, as I had two children in school and needed to earn a good income to provide for them. The electric buggy business was small in Australia and historically, retailers did not stock electric […]

Club of the Month: Club Mandalay

Club of the Month: Club Mandalay

Situated just off the Hume Highway, 45 minutes north of Melbourne in the town of Beveridge, is the spectacular Club Mandalay Golf Course, one of Victoria’s newest layouts. Recently ranked number 56 in Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses, the Thomson-Perrett-designed layout takes players on a journey through beautifully landscaped parklands and the new Mandalay residential […]

A constitutional crisis?

A constitutional crisis?

  Regular readers of this column will know that I rarely pull any punches when it comes to addressing the controversial topics in our industry—especially when the overall goal is to help drive change for the common good of golf in Australia. This month, I’m focussing on a subject that can affect any golf club, […]

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