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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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
TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company to acquire Adams Golf

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company to acquire Adams Golf

The adidas Group and Adams Golf, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADGF) today announced that the TaylorMade-adidas Golf business segment has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Adams Golf for $10.80 per share in cash. The transaction value is approximately $ 70 million (approximately € 53 million), which represents a premium [...]

March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Video: Back9 Network

Video: Back9 Network

Mention the name Clint Eastwood, and you may conjure memories of old westerns, Dirty Harry, a string of blockbuster films, Academy Awards and, of course, Pebble Beach and Carmel, California. But soon, you can add Golf Network Producer to the resume. Eastwood has been named creative board chairman and founding shareholder of the Back9 Network, [...]

March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
An illustration of the proposed Olympic course (Credit: Rio2016)

Gil Hanse selected to design Olympic Golf Course in Rio

In what may be a stunning surprise to many, US-based Hanse Golf Course Design won the bid to design the golf course in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016, beating out industry favourites including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Peter Thomson.

March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Settlers Run

Amstel Golf Club to take over management of Settlers Run

In a continuing sign that consolidation is growing more common in the Australian golf industry, Amstel Golf Club has announced that it has acquired the management and operational rights of the Greg-Norman-designed Settlers Run Golf and Country Club, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The agreement, which is set to begin in July, will see Amstel take over operations from incumbent Troon Golf, while members of both courses, thus allowing members of both clubs to gain access to each course.

March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments More
WIN: A Links Hope Island Privilege Card

WIN: A Links Hope Island Privilege Card

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. LINKS Hope Island recently announced the launch of the Links Privilege Card – a program designed to attract beginners, non-golfing families and social golfers to enjoy the course and facilities of Links Hope Island.

March 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More
PGA Professional Marcus Fraser at the TaylorMade Performance Lab

Inside the new TaylorMade Performance Lab

Clubfitting has come a long way over the last few years, with launch monitors, video technology and clubfitting experts guiding you along the way. But recently, TaylorMade launched a new technology that may represent the future of consumer clubfitting.

February 28, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Win: a Bolle Prize Pack

Win: a Bolle Prize Pack

COMPETITION CLOSED.
Inside Golf and Bollé are giving away a Bollé pack including a pair of Bollé Draft sunglasses, a Bollé Sports Bag and cap to a selected Inside Golf reader.

February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Inside Golf Digital – March 2012

Inside Golf Digital – March 2012

The March issue of Inside Golf features our exclusive interview with Aussie golfer Nick O’Hern, and reveals how Nick is battling back to regain his top form. Also: we look at Greg Norman’s return to golf, explore the latest gear and gadgets from the PGA Show in the US and uncover the top Corporate Golf venues in Victoria. PLUS: Instruction articles on escaping bunkers, eliminating slicing, improving your posture, enhancing your swing through beach training and how to get a proper Body Turn. All that and the latest golf news, reviews, events, fun and your stories, letters and opinions.

February 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Seeking: Part-Time or Contract Graphic Designer

Seeking: Part-Time or Contract Graphic Designer

Inside Golf –Australia’s Most Read Golf Magazine — is looking for a Part-Time or Contract Graphic Designer to join our ever-growing team. Working across a variety of Print and Digital/iPad publications and websites in our portfolio — including Inside Golf, IG Digital, PGA Magazine, iseekgolf.com and others — the successful candidate will be responsible for [...]

February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
New Drivers for 2012

New Drivers for 2012

Check out the latest drivers to hit the golf market in 2012. See the new “Big Dogs” from Callaway Golf, PING, Cleveland, TaylorMade and TourEdge. With adjustable weights, adjustable shafts, bigger faces and snazzier looks, there is something for everyone!

February 18, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Jessica Korda (Photo by Bruce Young)

Korda wins epic playoff battle

In one of the most thrilling and tense playoff finishes ever seen in a golf tournament (Mens or Womens), 18-year-old American Jessica Korda won the ISPS HANDA Womens Australian Open following a dramatic six-way playoff at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. Korda — the Round 3 leader — was cruising along nicely in the final [...]

February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Does Australia have too many golf courses?

Does Australia have too many golf courses?

While Australia has the third highest number of golf courses per capita in the world, many in the Australian golf industry believe strongly that there are simply too many golf courses to go around, and that consolidation is the key. This means that some courses will be forced to close their doors permanently or amalgamate with neighbouring clubs.

February 6, 2012 | 4 Comments More
Inside Golf Digital – February 2012

Inside Golf Digital – February 2012

The big GEAR issue is here, featuring the latest golf gear in Australia for 2012 from the major manufacturers. Plus: Learn how to avoid 10 Killer Cliches in golf, explore beautiful golf courses in the NSW South Coast, and see how the industry is tacking online counterfeiting. All that and the latest Australian golf news [...]

February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
iPhone GPS apps now banned on course

iPhone GPS apps now banned on course

While the USGA’s new rules for 2012 generated a lot of headlines regarding situations like the wind affecting the ball, raking bunkers, etc., one new rule was almost lost in the fray, and affects anyone who uses iPhones or other smartphones with GPS programs. At the heart of the matter is the fact that smartphones [...]

January 30, 2012 | 1 Comment More
(Photo courtesy of Lynn Hague)

Submit Stories to Inside Golf

Inside Golf is opening our pages to you, our loyal and passionate readers. We’re rewriting the book (so to speak) on what goes inside a golf magazine. And you are calling the shots! From reader-submitted course write-ups, to equipment reviews, to golf course photography and even fictional stories, poems, jokes and more, we’re setting aside space in every issue for your interesting and fun content. In essence, we’re making Inside Golf YOUR magazine!

January 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Nathan Holman captures Master of the Amateurs

Nathan Holman captures Master of the Amateurs

Nathan Holman has triumphed in this year’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, finishing 5 shots ahead of his nearest competitor after dominating the field throughout most of the tournament. A member at Woodlands Golf Club (and previous winner of the Victorian Amateur Championship and Riversdale Cup in 2011) , Holman had [...]

January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Inside Golf Digital – January 2012

Inside Golf Digital – January 2012

In the first issue of 2012, we look at Tiger Woods clawing his way back – are we better for it? Also, check out our complete report card for Australia’s golf tour professionals in 2011, and what to expect in 2012. We review New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, and share the top tips for [...]

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Calderwood Valley Golf Course for sale

Calderwood Valley Golf Course for sale

The picturesque Calderwood Valley Golf Course, near Wollongong, NSW, has been put up for sale. Nestled at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Calderwood is known for its beautiful scenery, challenging layout, and its connection to nature. The par-70, 18-hole public golf course was designed by Ken Mackay from McKay and Sons Golf Course [...]

January 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Baggage excessive: travelling with golf clubs can be costly

Baggage excessive: travelling with golf clubs can be costly

While carrying more that 14 clubs in your bag can earn you a penalty in most golf tournaments, it can apparently cost you much more when checking your bag on an airline in the US. Airlines like U.S. Airways are beginning to enforce strict penalties if you include things like clothes, hats and the like [...]

January 10, 2012 | 0 Comments More
A Slippery Slope: How will the Slope System affect your handicap?

A Slippery Slope: How will the Slope System affect your handicap?

While the Australian Golf Handicapping system has undergone many changes recently, the announced delay of introducing the Slope system until 2013 has caused much distress among our readers, especially those who believe that Slope will be the “unifying” cure-all factor to fix the remaining issues surrounding handicaps. Many of the letters we receive each week [...]

December 21, 2011 | 16 Comments More
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