Author Archive: Richard Fellner

Richard Fellner is the Group Editor of Inside Golf Magazine. Winner of multiple Australian Golf Media Awards -- including "Best Column" in 2011-2012--he has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. He has been interviewed by Channel7 News, ABC News Radio, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and many other outlets worldwide.
Originally from the US (but now a proud Melburnian) Richard is a true Golf Tragic -- having played the game for over 35 years (but has never gotten any better.)
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Test Drive Review – Callaway Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha; Prepare to fall in love again

Test Drive Review – Callaway Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha; Prepare to fall in love again

Inside Golf was the first golf publication to demo Callaway’s new Big Bertha drivers, and we were absolutely blown away by the performance, feel and versatility of this sleek and powerful lady. Here’s what we found.

December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Phrankenwood

Peering into the crystal (golf) ball

When I started as a humble contributor for this magazine back in 2006 (Issue 16 of Inside Social Golf), I never dreamed that I would one day be sitting at the editor’s desk, publishing the 100th issue.   Looking back over the years (and flicking through past issues) I have many great memories connected to [...]

October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Talisker Storm

Get a taste of Talisker

While you are no doubt familiar with the Australian Masters, many of you out there may not be equally knowledgeable about the products of the naming rights sponsor, Talisker. Sharing its Scottish origins with the game of golf itself, Talisker is a premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced by hand on the Isle of Skye, [...]

October 29, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Parmaker Scout Buggy

Parmaker Scout Buggy

Inside Golf and Parmaker are giving away a Parmaker Scout with battery and charger, delivered anywhere in Australia. A $995 value! The Parmaker Scout is the strongest and most reliable walker on the market. Parmaker uses the latest materials and manufacturing techniques and all construction is carried out in their Mordialloc factory, making them resolutely ‘Australian-made’. Features [...]

October 29, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Scott Hend (Photo: David Paul Morris, Asian Tour)

Hend stays hot with win in Macau

Australian Scott Hend hit the jackpot for the third time this season as he cruised to a commanding three-stroke victory at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday. With an overnight four-shot lead, the big-hitting Hend comfortably held off the chasing pack at the Macau Golf and Country Club, closing with a four-under-par 67 to for [...]

October 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Augusta Effect

The Augusta Effect

IN September’s “Last Word” column, our own Larry Canning penned a light-hearted piece about how course Superintendents are making their courses harder and harder, and how this potentially makes golf less enjoyable for the masses, thus hurting the overall goal of getting more people into the game. While plenty of golfers from across Australia wrote [...]

October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The landing strip alongside the 2nd hole at Barnbougle Dunes

The ultimate Tassie and King Island Golf Adventure

It’s the sort of “Rock Star” treatment that’s usually enjoyed by the ultra-wealthy or PGA TOUR pros. But now, it’s available to everyday golfers. And once you try it out, you may never want to go back to commercial air travel again. IMAGINE your dream golfing trip: You rock up to the airport, find a [...]

October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Video: Marcus Fraser – The Long Drive

Video: Marcus Fraser – The Long Drive

Inside Golf’s Henry Peters chats with professional golfer–and self-confessed “Rev Head”–Marcus Fraser about life on tour, his most memorable moments and more.

September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Launch of the new Mercure Portsea

A view to a thrill at Portsea Golf Club

With a brand-new, multi-million-dollar clubhouse and course renovation project officially opened last month, Portsea Golf Club has set the bar very high for other courses on the Mornington Peninsula; and it could very well be the benchmark by which all future clubhouse projects are measured, as Richard Fellner explains.

September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The 5th hole at The Eastern Golf Club

Eastern Golf Club on the rise

With origins dating back to 1896, The Eastern Golf Club in Melbourne has a rich and treasured history.  From their early days in Mont Albert (with a railway station as their original clubhouse) through their transitional periods that saw their history intertwine with both the Box Hill and Huntingdale Golf Clubs, the club has grown [...]

September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The private to public conversion…is it imminent?

The private to public conversion…is it imminent?

Over the last few months, I’ve received a heap of emails from readers regarding my columns on Club Memberships, Social Golf and the like. While the emails have been almost overwhelmingly positive (Thanks!), there have been some which have stated that articles like “Is your club Anti-Social” are missing (or ignoring) important viewpoints. By far, [...]

September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Bump & Run

Golf Book: Bump & Run

There is anticipation in the air for the ‘Bump & Run’ golf book, by Australian author Andrew Crockett. Andrew has spent the last two years interviewing the elders of Australian golf, including Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, David Graham, Bill Dunk, Frank Phillips, Bruce Crampton, Jan Stephenson and over a dozen others. With recent confirmation that [...]

August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Yurbuds

We tried it: Yurbuds

For golfers who like to practise with a bit of music, instructional voice memos or motivational recordings, then yurbuds sport earphones might be worth looking at (or listening with!) Designed by athletes, yurbuds use TwistLock™ technology to secure the earbuds in the ears.  Once ‘locked in’, they won’t fall out, even under the sweatiest conditions [...]

August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Goss, Watt shine at US Amateur Championship

Goss, Watt shine at US Amateur Championship

West Australian golfers Oliver Goss and Brady Watt did their country proud last month, securing high finishes in the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club in Massachusetts. For Goss, a week of solid play saw him reach the Championship Final, where he squared off against England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick in the 36-hole final. Goss, [...]

August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The husband and wife team of Annette and John Bayford (with RACV's Peter Tate, centre) beat Mother Nature as well as a strong amateur field at the launch of this year's ACGC

Amateurs battle gale-force winds at ACGC launch

CHILLY Melbourne temperatures and gale-force winds greeted Australia’s bravest amateur pairs when they teed of at RACV’s Cape Schanck Resort for last month’s launch of the Auto Club Golf Championship. The event, which is the first of over 70 nationwide qualifier rounds, kicked off the second year of the highly popular ACGC series, which aims [...]

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Golfers are still flocking to St Andrews Beach Golf Course, one of Inside Golf's favourite courses on the Mornington Peninsula

Business booming at St Andrews Beach Golf Course

It’s business as usual at the fully public access St Andrews Beach Golf Course, located on the Mornington Peninsula. Golfers continue to enjoy their rounds on this classic Tom Doak layout, experiencing the immaculate course conditions which sees St Andrews Beach firmly entrenched as one of Australia’s premier public access venues. Ian Denny, Director of [...]

July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More
"Be there when the (new) tradition continues!" Borrowing from his successful tagline that helped drive success at the original Australian Masters, Frank Williams hopes that the new Rush Challenge will develop into a traditional event that attracts amateurs and professionals from across Australia.

Williams returns for The Rush Golf Challenge

Frank Williams needs little introduction in Australian golfing circles. As co-founder of the Australian Masters golf tournament, business manager to Greg Norman/Great White Shark Enterprises, Director at the ALPG and a raft of entrepreneurial endeavours, it can certainly be said that this man knows his golf. So when Williams announced that he was coming out of retirement to launch an exciting, brand-new event in Australian golf, the industry stood up and took notice.

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart

The future of golf carts?

In a move that would make Al “Caddyshack” Czervik get up and dance, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled designs for a visionary golf cart that could revolutionise how we get around the course. Based upon ideas submitted via golf fans during an international competition, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Golf Cart combines aspects of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with all the [...]

July 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Lucky 13 for Jones in Japan

Lucky 13 for Jones in Japan

Australia’s Brendan Jones added to his already impressive string of victories in Japan, clinching his 13th Japan Tour title at the Mizuno Open. Jones’ four-under-par final round saw him finish atop the leaderboard at 19-under, three shots clear of the nearest competitor, KT Kim, whose final-round of 69 saw him finish at 16-under. “I played [...]

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Scott Proctor

Managing WA’s Meadow Springs

SCOTT Proctor has been at the helm of Meadows Springs Golf and Country Club for five years and his hospitality background, hard work, common sense and a hands-on approach is working wonders.

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Is your golf club anti-social?

Is your golf club anti-social?

Over the last year or so, there have been many course closures, sales and merger announcements throughout Australia..  One by one, golf clubs and courses are breaking under enormous financial pressures and a changing mindset and lifestyle of golfers. “But surely it won’t happen to OUR club,” I can hear you whisper. For those of [...]

July 5, 2013 | 1 Comment More
The results are in: how far we REALLY walk during 18 holes

The results are in: how far we REALLY walk during 18 holes

Last year, we initiated a nationwide research “project” to determine how far golfers walk during a round of 18 holes.  We were curious as to how the distance on a golf course’s scorecard would compare to the actual distance a golfer walks during a round. We had long assumed that there is MUCH more walking [...]

June 29, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Home on the Range: Kingston Links Driving Range & Improvement Centre

Home on the Range: Kingston Links Driving Range & Improvement Centre

A brand-new practice facility in Melbourne ‘s east is ticking all the boxes for golfers looking to improve their game. Opened in May, the new Kingston Links Driving Range & Improvement Centre in Rowville marks an important step in the rejuvenation of the Kingston Links facility. Dubbed “The People’s Course” for its friendly staff and [...]

June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Scotty to headline Aussie summer of golf

Scotty to headline Aussie summer of golf

US MASTERS champion Adam Scott has confirmed that he will return to Australia this summer to compete in the “Big 3″ Australian majors: the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Masters and The Australian Open.

June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Justin Rose (USGA/Joel Kowsky)

Justin time: Rose captures U.S. Open Championship

England’s Justin Rose captured his first Major championship in dramatic fashion, grabbing the coveted US Open title at Merion Golf Club. Trailing third-round leader Phil Mickelson by two shots going into round 4, Rose made the most of every opportunity on the final day, scoring five critical birdies, plus a make-or-break clutch fairway-wood-chip to two-inches [...]

June 17, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Great Rake Debate

The Great Rake Debate

We get a lot of mail from readers concerning rake placement. Should they go inside the bunker? Outside the bunker? Should they be eliminated altogether?

June 3, 2013 | 1 Comment More
The Golfshop at Northern Learning Centre

New golf technology and clubfitting studio a real game changer

Clubfitting and golf instruction technology has come a long way over the years. What was once the domain of elite touring professionals has slowly trickled down to the masses, allowing golfers of all levels to benefit from sports science’s most exciting breakthroughs.

May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Fayde Rain Jacket

WIN! Fayde jacket, Vonzipper sunnies

    FAYDE is celebrating two years on the fairways. One of Australia’s only golf apparel brands is proud to be making a difference on and off the course in men’s and Ladies apparel and accessories. Golf is more than a game, it’s a lifestyle. FAYDE is proud to be supporting such organizations as the [...]

May 28, 2013 | 4 Comments More
WIN: a dozen TaylorMade LETHAL balls

WIN: a dozen TaylorMade LETHAL balls

Optimal spin control for every shot, incredible distance regardless of clubhead speed (progressive velocity), and the most penetrating flight of any TaylorMade ball (seamless LDP 322-dimple pattern) make the 5-layer LETHAL the ultimate Tour performance golf ball. LETHAL features five separate layers that provide a “layer for every shot,” optimising spin and launch through the [...]

May 28, 2013 | 4 Comments More
Oakley Giveaway

WIN: An Oakley Prize Pack worth over $500

WIN: An Oakley Prize Pack worth over $500 Inside Golf and Oakley are giving away an Oakley prize pack worth over $500! One lucky Inside Golf reader will win a pair of  Cipher 2 shoes ($170 value), a Flak Jacket ($229 value) a Polo ($79 value) and Cap ($40 value) TOTAL value = $518 (Click [...]

May 28, 2013 | 2 Comments More
Feeling flushed: Colsaerts takes a drop…in the loo (video)

Feeling flushed: Colsaerts takes a drop…in the loo (video)

We’ve heard of “nearest point of relief”, but this is a bit wacky. In the quarterfinals of the Volvo World Match Play event in Bulgaria, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts hit a wayward tee shot that flew over a toilet block, into a red-staked hazard. In determining the drop location from the hazard, the rules official determined [...]

May 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced that the handicap anchor will rise from four strokes to five strokes this month. In a letter to clubs last month, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins outlined the reason for the change, noting the ‘seasonality’ of handicaps . “Under our current handicap system, handicaps in Australia are notably seasonal. On average, [...]

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The 2013 Masters will go down in Australian golf folklore as probably one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, fist-pumping , heart-thumping, take-your-breath-away, get-the-monkey-off-our-backs  golf tournaments in the history of our sport. For the rest of the world, however, it may be more remembered for a pair of incidents that may have irreparably changed the game. [...]

May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Limited Edition Masters Flag Collage

Limited Edition Masters Flag Collage

Celebrate Adam Scott’s historic Masters victory at Augusta!   This limited edition (ten pieces) official 2013 Masters Flag collage is matted and framed as shown, with three images, and an informative plaque, to an approximate overall size of  76x86x5 cm.  Each piece is custom made and displayed on fabric. For information on purchasing one of [...]

April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Video: Around the traps at Toowoomba

Video: Around the traps at Toowoomba

Andrew Tschudin showcases Toowoomba and City Golf Club

March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Mars Climate Orbiter (Photo: NASA)

When ‘no news’ is ‘bad news’

One of the most common flaws in any business or organisation (or, according to my wife, a marriage!) is a failure to communicate.
Get it right, and you’ll reap the rewards. Get it wrong, however, and you’ll be in the doghouse.

February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments More
We Tried It: Versa Putter, adizero golf shoe, Golfknickers.com, Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge

We Tried It: Versa Putter, adizero golf shoe, Golfknickers.com, Cleveland 588 RTX Wedge

Inside Golf was the only Australian golf publication at this year’s PGA Merchandise show in Orlando, Florida. Over the coming months, we’ll show some of the coolest products we saw. Here are some of the early standouts.   Alignment for putting is critical – being just one degree offline can mean the difference between a [...]

February 27, 2013 | 1 Comment More
Eastern Golf Club relocation moves forward ‘with certainty’

Eastern Golf Club relocation moves forward ‘with certainty’

The Board and members of The Eastern Golf Club have cause for celebration, as their planned relocation has overcome the final hurdle, clearing way to begin construction of their proposed 27-hole multi-million-dollar Greg Norman-designed facility in Melbourne’s Yarra Ranges. Following two years of challenges from developers, council and environmental organisations, the club has announced that [...]

February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More
TaylorMade R1 Driver

TaylorMade R1 Driver

  The new R1™ continues TaylorMade’s mastery of adjustable drivers by offering the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand’s history. R1 gives the golfer 12 loft-sleeve settings and 7 face-angle positions, as well as two movable shot-shape weights. R1 also allows loft and face angle to be adjusted independently of each [...]

January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Peter and Mitchell Senior

Senior shines in Sydney

53-year-old Peter Senior proved once again that age is no barrier to success, capturing the Emirates Australian Open amidst fading light and extreme conditions. With an even-par 72 in the windy and wild final round at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, Senior became the oldest golfer to lift the Stonehaven Cup, surpassing the legendary Peter Thomson who won at the age of 43 in 1972.

December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
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