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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GolfBuddy World Platinum

WIN: A GolfBuddy Platinum

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Anchoring a putter to your chin or belly would become illegal under new Rule 14-1b

Anchors away: USGA and R&A to prohibit use of anchored strokes

The ongoing controversy surrounding the use of broomstick and belly putters via an ‘Anchored’ stroke took a dramatic turn recently, as golf’s governing bodies announced changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club against the body.

November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Looking back on the 12th hole from the elevated 13th tee at Marysville

Marysville rises from the ashes

Driving down the main street of the tiny Victorian town of Marysville is a slightly surreal experience these days, not for what you see (for the view is truly beautiful), but rather for what you DON’T see. For a town that lost nearly all of its buildings to the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, one would expect to see charred trees, blackened bushes or frames of burned-down buildings. But you’d be hard-pressed to see any of that now.

November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
How far do you REALLY walk during 18 holes?

How far do you REALLY walk during 18 holes?

It’s a question I’ve been pondering for years: how far does a golfer walk during a standard round of 18 holes? Sure, you could simply take the yardage on the scorecard, and then add “a little extra”, but when you think about it, there is much, much more walking done by the average golfer. So how does it all add up?

November 22, 2012 | 9 Comments More
Drive for show, Putt for Mo’

Drive for show, Putt for Mo’

SGA Tour Ambassador Andy Lee from Hamish & Andy will tee it up alongside a group of celebrity golfers and amateur players in the first SGA Tour Charity Golf Day to support Movember. Played at the Old Course at The National Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, the “Drive For Show, Putt For Mo” event [...]

October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Women and children first

Women and children first

I received a phone call the other day from a very frustrated junior golfer. “Why do members hate us juniors so much?” he asked. I was taken aback for a moment, as I pondered this rather unexpected question. It turns out that the club where he recently took up a junior membership had begun restricting [...]

October 6, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Adam  Scott and Steve Williams

No Silver Lining: when your best isn’t good enough

What is it with the media these days? Following Adam Scott’s unfortunate performance at The Open Championship, words like “Choke” and “Collapse” rushed to the fore throughout the media, with overdramatic journalists dredging up stories about Greg Norman’s 1996 Masters, or Jean Van de Veld’s 1999 Open Championship, or the other “greatest chokes in history” [...]

October 6, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Norfolk Island Golf Course

Norfolk Island – A Bounty of treasures awaits

A world away from the hustle and bustle of Australia, a visit to Norfolk Island is like stepping back in time. A journey to the quintessential ‘Small Town Australia’ and the simple, honest and organic way of life. Plus, there is some fantastic island golf!

October 2, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Inside Golf readers take the R11S Driver Challenge

Inside Golf readers take the R11S Driver Challenge

Inside Golf recently invited some Melbourne golfers to take part in the TaylorMade R11s Driver Challenge.  Held at the impressive TaylorMade Performance Lab at the Melbourne Golf Academy, the golfers were put through a complete fitting and testing experience to determine their ideal driver specs, and see how their current drivers matched up to the [...]

October 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More
TaylorMade ATV Wedge

WIN: TaylorMade Golf ATV Wedge

The TaylorMade Golf ATV (All-Terrain Versatility) wedge has quickly made its way into the bags of many Tour professionals this year. Every curve, angle and edge of the ATV Wedge serves a purpose in elevating the club’s versatility. Relief at the toe, heel and trailing edge reduces resistance and significantly changes how the sole reacts [...]

October 1, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Eastern GC receives planning approval by Yarra Ranges

Eastern GC receives planning approval by Yarra Ranges

After nearly two years of setbacks and challenges through VCAT and council, The Eastern Golf Club has finally received approval for their development plans for the proposed new site at Yering in the Yarra Valley.   Yarra Ranges Council this week voted in favour of the proposal, with seven Councillors voting in favour of the [...]

September 12, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Sonocaddie V500

WIN: One of 10 Sonocaddie V500 GPS Units

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. The Sonocaddie V500 handheld GPS Unit comes jam-packed  with 1250 pre-loaded Australian courses in 3D, showing course hazards, targets and their relative position on the hole. Courses are hand-mapped on the ground — not by Google maps– and are extremely accurate. It is ready-to-use straight out of the box, and [...]

September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments More
On-Pin GPS Watch

WIN: 1 of 3 On-Pin GPS Watches

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Inside Golf and On-Pin are giving way three WR62 GPS Golf Watches to selected readers. Featuring exact shot distances, over 25,000 preloaded global golf courses and even a built-in odometer app, this watch is sure to be the hottest gift this Fathers Day.

July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Golf All Seasons

Golf All Seasons 2012 book

Golf All Seasons 2012 offers details and discounts on 72 select golf courses in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. There’s a short write-up on each golf course along with discount vouchers entitling the reader to more than $7000 in savings.

July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Coolamon Sport Ladies Golf Polo

Coolamon Sport Ladies Golf Polo

SunProtection Australia recently announced its community partnership with Melanoma Institute Australia, a world leader on melanoma research, treatment and education.  The partnership will focus on SunProtection’s new label Coolamon Sport—a range of maximum UPF 50+ stylish and colourful ladies shirts for golf, tennis and more. After the recent loss of her husband and former SunProtection [...]

July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Inside Golf ‘bucking the trend’ of Australia’s subscription golf magazines

Inside Golf ‘bucking the trend’ of Australia’s subscription golf magazines

A recent media release by Roy Morgan Research shows that Australia’s Newsstand/Subscription golf magazines are seeing significant drops in readership. Contrary to this trend, Inside Golf, which is monitored by Circulations Audit Board (CAB), saw a 4.5 per cent increase in circulation over the same period.

July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Video: Els captures Claret Jug; Scott stumbles

Video: Els captures Claret Jug; Scott stumbles

SOUTH African Ernie Els fired a final-round two-under 68 to capture his second Claret Jug and fourth Major championship, following a final round collapse by Adam Scott.
With a four-shot cushion and four holes to play, it was Scott’s tournament to lose. But a few critical mistakes – including a costly missed green on the 17th – saw him bogey the last four holes and hand the championship to Els via a five-over-par 75.

July 23, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Adam Scott

Video: Scott on top after Day 3 at The Open Championship

Adam Scott pounced back on top of the Open Championship leaderboard, following a brilliant third round 68, which now sees him four shots ahead of the pack, with Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker in second, and a steady (but quiet) Tiger Woods in third. Highlights below:

July 22, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Adam Scott

Scott leads Open Championship; Aussies steady (Video)

Adam Scott had a chance to record the lowest score in Major Championship history when he stood on the 18th tee at Royal Lytham St Annes, needing a birdie for a 62 at The Open Championship. Instead he pulled his tee shot into the rough and bogeyed, but his 64 was still a fine effort. [...]

July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Ashley Hall (Photo courtesy of OneAsia)

Hall ready for Open Championship

Australian Ashley Hall embarks on the biggest mission of his professional career when he tees it up in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes next week. After trying at least half-a-dozen times in the past, Hall finally made it to the world’s oldest Major with fellow OneAsia members Aaron Townsend and [...]

July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Getting your club on “board”

Getting your club on “board”

Boards are the sole responsibility for the viability of clubs. Plain and simple. And getting the right people onto the Board is critical to success. In a perfect world, a Board would be composed of a diverse group of individuals who (among other things) share a strategic vision for the club, and who have the necessary skills, background, time and passion to perform their duties.

Unfortunately, that is not always possible.

July 9, 2012 | 5 Comments More
Marc Leishman

Leishman, Kennedy and Fraser make for big Aussie golf weekend

In one of the bigger weekends for Australian golf, a trio of our home-grown heroes have made headlines on three different tours around the world. Sydney’s Brad Kennedy was the first Aussie off the rank, carding a a final-round six-under 66 at the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open to claim his maiden Japan Golf Tour [...]

June 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More
The 18th at Olympic

US Open Facts and Figures

Here are some interesting facts and figures from the 112th U.S. Open at the Olympic Club: The Players Among the 156 golfers in the 2012 U.S. Open there are 10 former champions who between them have won the Major 14 times. They are:  Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Jim Furyk [...]

June 16, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Inside Golf named Australia’s Most Read Golf Magazine for 3rd straight year

Inside Golf named Australia’s Most Read Golf Magazine for 3rd straight year

A recent independent survey by Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) has revealed that Inside Golf has retained its spot as the most regularly read golf magazine in Australia, beating the popular newsstand and subscription magazines for the third straight year. SMS’ February/March 2012 Golf Consumer Survey asked 2000 random golfers at courses across Australia to name [...]

June 5, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Kauri Cliffs GC

Course Review: Kauri Cliffs GC

For golfers travelling to New Zealand’s rugged North Island, the beautiful and ultra-playable Kauri Cliffs should be top of the list. This month, we review this magnificent course — including a hole-by-hole photo gallery.

June 5, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Whitney Hillier

Hillier storms home to win Malaysian Amateur

Western Australia’s Whitney Hillier lived up to her top billing as she usurped defending champion and hot favourite Kelly Tan to clinch the 29th Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open in dramatic fashion.

June 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

GOLF AUSTRALIA has released a list of the major components comprising the national golf handicapping system. In a letter to Club captains on June 1, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins summarised the work done to date on the new GA Handicap System, and outlined the components of what is yet to be implemented. No firm [...]

June 1, 2012 | 10 Comments More
Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

The new Handicapping system for Australian golfers has a variety of changes and aspects from previous systems. Here is the breakdown of the major components. (Note: as per the recent letter from Golf Australia, not all of the components have been implemented. These have been labelled with TBI. Full implementation is expected in the latter part of [...]

June 1, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Melbourne golfers: Take the TaylorMade R11s Challenge

Melbourne golfers: Take the TaylorMade R11s Challenge

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED. TaylorMade and Inside Golf are giving three lucky Melbourne readers the chance to tee it up in the new TaylorMade Performance Lab (TMPL), and compare their own drivers to the new and exciting TaylorMade R11s.

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More
WIN: Hit it ‘Bubba Long’ with a PING G20 Driver

WIN: Hit it ‘Bubba Long’ with a PING G20 Driver

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Inside Golf and PING are giving away a limited edition pink PING G20 driver to one lucky reader – just like the one used by the big-hitting Bubba Watson.

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Golf Access Australia undergoing radical shift

Golf Access Australia undergoing radical shift

GOLF social clubs and social golfers who get their handicaps via the Golf Access Australia program will be facing an important decision in the following months, as the GAA Handicapping program is undergoing a major transition, starting in Victoria.

May 21, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Knicker(bockers) in a knot: The ‘Attire’ debate on the golf course

Knicker(bockers) in a knot: The ‘Attire’ debate on the golf course

In the continuing struggle to retain members, and attract the ever-important junior contingent, some clubs are beginning to relax the traditional dress codes. White socks and collared shirts still reign supreme, but it seems that more clubs are starting to “turn a blind eye” to the more creatively-attired players these days. It’s a neon-coloured grey area.

April 30, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Inside Golf launches iPad App; boosts print circulation

Inside Golf launches iPad App; boosts print circulation

Australia’s most read golf magazine, Inside Golf, continues to break new ground in the Australian Golf Publishing industry while maintaining their unparalleled growth in both the print and digital arenas. With the launch of the new Inside Golf iPad app, readers can now access Interactive Replicas of each issue on their mobile devices, including iPads [...]

April 27, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Your guide to Corporate Golf venues in Australia

Your guide to Corporate Golf venues in Australia

Corporate Golf events are still one of the best ways to reward loyal clients, engage with potential clients, or simply have a fun day out with employees and colleagues. As golf is one of Australia’s highest participant sports, it’s a good bet that the majority of your business contacts will include some golf lovers. And [...]

April 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More
WIN: Colour Your Game with Callaway!

WIN: Colour Your Game with Callaway!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Callaway Golf has launched a brand-new campaign that allows you to bring bold and vibrant colours to your game. This month, Inside Golf and Callaway are giving one lucky reader a fantastic prize to “Colour Your Game”. Up for grabs is a custom-fit RAZR Fit Driver (your choice of colour), towel, polo, bag, balls and cap. Now you can stand out from the crowd, and dare to be different!

April 26, 2012 | 3 Comments More
Thinking outside the (tee) box

Thinking outside the (tee) box

Many clubs are failing to embrace a new way of thinking as they try to attract new members (or retain existing ones). Here are a few things your club can do to generate more interest by prospective members

April 4, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Inside Golf Issue 81: The Masters Preview

Inside Golf Issue 81: The Masters Preview

In the April issue of Inside Golf, we chat with Australia’s Aaron Baddeley about his chances at Augusta, and rate the other Aussie hopefuls in the field, including young amateur Bryden Macpherson. We play 18 holes with Jarrod Moseley and discuss his return to golf, while we also get Karrie Webb’s insight into designing an [...]

April 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Radisson Resort Gold Coast

WIN! A Two-Night Gold Coast Holiday

This contest is now closed.
Inside Golf and the Radisson Resort Gold Coast are offering readers the chance to win a two night holiday at one of Queensland’s premier resorts.

April 3, 2012 | 0 Comments More
WIN: One of Five copies of ‘The Big Miss’

WIN: One of Five copies of ‘The Big Miss’

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. The Big Miss, Hank Haney’s new (and controversial) book on coaching Tiger Woods will hit the shelves soon, and with it should come a plethora of water cooler and 19th hole discussions.

April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
TaylorMade Ghost manta

Win: A TaylorMade Ghost Manta Putter

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. Inside Golf and TaylorMade are giving away a TaylorMade Ghost Manta putter to one lucky reader.

April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
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