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 […]

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3

Inside Golf is giving away a Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder to one lucky reader! With its new ergonomic design and its award-winning PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, the Tour V3 sets the standard for being the complete laser rangefinder package – design, performance and feel. JOLT Technology eliminates all doubt by delivering short vibrating bursts to […]

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, […]

Jordan Spieth captures US Open

Jordan Spieth captures US Open

Jordan Spieth has stamped his name indelibly into the history books, capturing the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington. On a course that was widely criticised by players and fans on Social Media for its overly-difficult layout, small target areas and ultra-slick and patchy-looking greens, Spieth outlasted a quality field in a final […]

Young Cassie bound for US

Young Cassie bound for US

PEREGIAN Springs Golf Club’s junior golf program is going from strength to strength with Cassie Porter headed for the Amateur Athletic Union Veritas Junior Olympic Games Golf Championship in the USA. The 12-year-old won the right to represent her country after winning her age division at the Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship at Mercure […]

Bushnell Tour X Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell Tour X Laser Rangefinder

The Bushnell TOUR X has been engineered with Exchange Technology: Using two interchangeable faceplates, Exchange Technology gives the golfer a 2-in-1 device. The TOUR X conforms to USGA rule 14-3/.05 and R&A rule 14-3 when the black faceplate is engaged. When users switch to the red faceplate, the TOUR X deploys Slope Technology, providing players […]

Club of the Month: Tee it up at the ‘new’ Kew

Club of the Month: Tee it up at the ‘new’ Kew

One of Melbourne’s premier member courses, The Kew Golf Club is nearing completion of a three-year, multi-million-dollar redevelopment which has seen the layout and condition of the golf course vastly improved. Working with course designer Graham Grant, the club’s ambitious redevelopment included the re-design/building of eight new holes (1, 3, 8, 12, 14,15,16,17) and the […]

Offensive defence

Offensive defence

There’s an interesting trend quietly occurring in Australian golf at the moment. It seems that more and more courses are beginning to (finally) tune-in to the fact that the majority of golfers out there (i.e. the middle-to-high-handicap club golfers, who are the bread and butter of the industry) are no longer actively seeking out the […]

Club of the month: Rossdale Golf Club

Club of the month: Rossdale Golf Club

Widely regarded as “Melbourne’s Friendliest Golf Club”, Rossdale Golf Club is located in the south-eastern suburb of Aspendale.  The course sits firmly within the hearts of its members, who adore its open and friendly atmosphere. The bayside course weaves through corridors of pines, eucalyptus and coastal banksias that make finding the fairway more difficult than […]

See the forest for the trees

See the forest for the trees

A grandfather and his grandson are playing golf, when the kid’s shot lands behind a giant tree. The boy asks his grandfather: “How would you play this shot?” The grandfather replies: “When I was your age, I’d play right over the tree.” The boy hits the ball, but not high enough. It bounces off the […]

Pan wins inaugural Australia Classic

Pan wins inaugural Australia Classic

Australia’s Rebecca Artis came agonisingly close to winning on home soil, but a birdie on the last by China’s Yanhong Pan saw her capture the inaugural Australia Classic, played at Sydney’s Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club last month. On a day when the lead changed several times, Artis came to the 18th in the box […]

Shark circles new Eastern layout

Shark circles new Eastern layout

With only a few short months remaining until the opening of Victoria’s most talked about new course development, The Eastern Golf Club in the Yarra Valley, all eyes are firmly focussed on watching the spectacular facility take shape. One pair of eyes that are giving the layout an extremely detailed and meticulous look are none other […]

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

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

THE FREE ENTRY GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THE WINNER IS: Clinton Harkom   The magnificent Mornington Peninsula will once again be on show to golfers from around Australia and overseas as the highly-anticipated Sixth Annual Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic tees off from 4-9 October. The week-long extravaganza is regularly recognised as one of the most enjoyable and […]

Inside Golf hits record high

Inside Golf hits record high

Proving that innovative print media can thrive in the digital age, Australia’s Most Read Golf publication, Inside Golf, has published the largest issue in the publication’s history. With its March 2015 issue, Inside Golf’s multitude of passionate readers will enjoy an expanded 128-page offering which, in addition to an 88-page golf magazine, includes two highly-popular […]

Just a mo, that’s a nice sum

Just a mo, that’s a nice sum

ON COURSE Golf members partnered with Callaway Golf in 2014 to raise funds for Movember – the organisation that raises vital funds, promotes awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and supports mental health through Beyond Blue. The tally was an impressive $35,000 making the two-year combined total $85,000. Members from both companies joined forces to […]

Club of the month: Flinders Golf Club

Club of the month: Flinders Golf Club

Just a short drive to the east side of the famed Mornington Peninsula is the lovely and picturesque Flinders Golf Club, an 18-hole seaside beauty built along an amazing stretch of land overlooking Bass Strait. While I’ve played heaps of golf on the Peninsula, Flinders has always held a special place in my heart. Though […]

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