My recent “Kodak or Fuji?” article (May issue) generated a heap of great feedback and stories from clubs and readers across the country. This month, I’d like to share a success/turnaround story about one club in particular, Balgowlah Golf Club, near Sydney. By studying the ups and downs of clubs like this, we can all […]
Australian Golf Clubs have been lining up to host a regional qualifying event of The Auto Club Golf Championship (ACGC) since the PGA announced they were officially endorsing the event. The ACGC began in 2012 with 45 events and in a short two years has expanded significantly with an expected 85 events being held in […]
SYDNEY’S Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL Club Group have announced the commencement of formal partnership discussions to pursue opportunities for amalgamation. Like many clubs across Australia, Lynwood has been challenged by the ongoing financial viability of the club, with increasing cost pressures, cashflow challenges and difficult trading conditions. And they are not alone: […]
The 2014 ISPS HANDA International Blind Golf World Championships were held at the Nelson Bay Golf Club in New South Wales on 15 & 16 May 2014. This event was preceded by the 2014 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championships. Both events were net events with trophies being awarded to the gross and net […]
Now in its fifth year, the Mornington Peninsula Golf classic is one of the most popular annual golf events in the Melbourne area, representing world-class golf with all the excitement and fun that only the Mornington Peninsula can offer. The event has become one of the “Must Play” tournaments on the Victorian golf calendar, and […]
Slow play has become a major issue in the golfing industry, and it represents a significant threat to the long-term health of the game. With five-hour rounds becoming the norm, golfers are abandoning the game in droves, and new players are hesitant to start out. This month, we present a complete “Inside and Out” strategy […]
Germany’s Martin Kaymer has captured his second career Major Championship, taking the top spot at the 2014 U.S. Open by a massive eight shots in a dominant wire-to-wire victory. Kaymer’s blistering opening rounds of 65-65 set a new 36-hole record for a U.S. Open, and proved to be too much for the field to overcome. […]
THIS month, there are two key articles to which every golf club and Board should pay close attention. The first, “Report: major challenges ahead for clubs“, details the participation trends of today’s golfer. The second article, “Changing landscapes: courses on the move“ explores how some clubs are planning (or failing) to adapt to these trends. […]
Famous for its championship golf courses, idyllic blue skies, 300 days of sunshine each year, world-class wines, historic sites and picturesque landscape, the Murray River Region has long been a top destination for golfers looking to experience some of Australia’s best country layouts. This month, INSIDE GOLF explores some of our favourite destinations across this […]
Whether you’re planning a quiet getaway for two, or a massive annual golf weekend for the entire gang, Australia has myriad possibilities for a successful and enjoyable adventure. This month, we look at the top destinations across this fantastic golfing landscape of ours, evaluate some amazing Aussie courses, and check out some great tour operators. […]
Without so much as a swing of a club, Adam Scott has become the number 1 golfer in the world, quietly eclipsing Tiger Woods and taking the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. Scott, 33, took the top honours following the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Though Scott didn’t play in the event, his […]
After being closed for four years as a result of an expensive court battle, Plenty View Golf Park in Melbourne’s north east is looking forward to welcoming patrons back to a new and improved facility, following its re-opening late last year. In late 2009, the driving range – located in the suburb of Plenty – […]
The typewriter. Foldable maps. The Yellow Pages. Film. Inkwells. Cassettes. Rotary telephones. Phonebooths. Fax machines. Cathode Ray Tubes. Pagers. Dot Matrix printers. Vinyl records… Many of our readers will instantly recognise the items listed above. You may have even used them. At one point, each of these household items represented the cutting edge of technology […]
We all know that putting is arguably the most important part of golf, so getting a putter that can inspire confidence on the green is paramount to success. If you’ve been struggling with your putting, or are simply looking for a new wand to help shave strokes off your score, then a recently-released Australian-made […]
A recent study has found that laser rangefinders can shave up to 30 minutes off a round of golf for mid- to high-index players. The study, conducted by California-based National University Golf Academy and Bushnell Golf, measured the speed of play of students with handicaps ranging from six to 18. Tested over two days at […]
Last month, we introduced you to ShotsToHole.com, a web-based data collection tool that allows golfers and coaches to measure and analyse over 70 golf stats, set and track goals, monitor progress and more. ShotsToHole.com has been adopted by many Tour players, including PGA TOUR pro Patrick Reed—who, having worked on specific skill sets to improve […]
We all know the importance of a solid short game in golf, as it is generally responsible for more than half of all the shots you record in a round. So gaining confidence around the greens is paramount to helping shave shots off your scorecard. For many golfers, sand shots and chips/pitches are among the […]
Contrary to rumours of ‘temporary greens’ being put in play at the facility, Toowoomba Golf Club-Middle Ridge is enjoying high-quality playing surfaces that are set to exceed those of the club’s past. While a crippling drought and extreme heat had affected the playability of the course over the past six months—leaving it in less than […]
Your voices have been heard, loud and clear. Armed with a laundry list of your concerns about golf in this country, we sat down with Golf Australia to get their responses on the Handicap System, Slope, social golf, TV coverage, growing the game and more.
The Cobra BiO Cell Driver is becoming one of the most talked about products on the course these days. Like their vibrant and exciting staff TOUR player, Rickie Fowler, the BiO Cell Driver features technology that provides extreme distance off the tee, a huge sweet spot for more forgiveness on off-centre hits, customisable loft […]
Our continuing goal at Inside Golf is to create Australia’s best golf publication. And while we’re extremely proud of what we publish every month, we know that there’s always room for improvement – and it all depends on what you, our massive community of readers, want to read about. So here’s your chance to tell […]
For years Inside Golf has been espousing the benefits of clubfitting and golf instruction technology to help golfers of all levels play better golf. With the aid of launch monitors, video cameras, advanced computer programs and motion capture technology, you can now see—in minute detail—exactly what is happening during every microsecond of your swing. From […]
STATISTICS in golf are an increasingly prevalent part of the modern game. Fairways Hit, Greens in Regulation, Putts and Sand Saves are a few of the many metrics that golfers measure each round. Many apps and websites have been designed to collect and analyse these major golf statistics. After (or during) a round, a golfer […]
Last month, we reported on Golf Australia’s plans to boost women’s participation in golf via radically overhauling women’s dress codes and potentially bringing an end to the traditional men’s-only Saturday competitions, etc. While many of you responded with positive feedback about the plans, there were a few of you who weren’t terribly impressed—especially regarding the […]
Golf Mornington Peninsula has launched the inaugural Golf Trail for the Mornington Peninsula with the support from their Premier Partner – Yamaha Golf Cars. The Mornington Peninsula (only 75 minutes from Melbourne) is quickly gaining national and global recognition as a golf destination the equal of anywhere in the world. Golf enthusiasts are discovering that […]
TaylorMade adidas Golf recently announced the opening of their second Performance Lab at the new Golf Central Brisbane Airport complex within the Brisbane Airport Skygate and DFO shopping precinct. The new purpose-built fitting centre is only the second of its kind in Australia and will provide golfers of all ages and abilities access to state-of-the-art […]
We love new inventions and gadgets at Inside Golf. Especially when they are Australian made. So we were thrilled to hear about the Aussie-designed PuttLess, a unique golf tool that acts as a putting improver, ball-marker and repair tool all in one. The principle is simple: when you’re on the green, simply place the PuttLess […]
Chances are, you’ve heard of (and have seen) the popular Vision+ golf balls. Conceived and designed by Aussies Bill and Wayne Bosley, the Vision+ balls have become famous for their big, ultra-bright visibility and the equally big numbers on the side. Great for players of all levels, the Vision brand has quickly grown in popularity […]
Following on from my “Augusta Effect” article (October issue), I heard a story the other day from a mate who had played a relatively new-ish course that was featured as part of a larger real estate development. “The course was nice,” he said, “but the rough was crazy deep. Unplayably deep.” While this was not […]
For many people around the world, New Year’s Resolutions are usually broken within days (if not minutes) of them being made. This is usually due to the fact that we either set too difficult a goal to achieve, or we don’t really commit to it in the first place. However, this year will be different. […]
54 of the world’s top amateurs head down under this month to contend Australia’s highest-rated amateur tournament, The Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship Played at the famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the event offers spectators a unique opportunity to witness 54 of the very best amateurs from around the world go head to head […]
While 2013 marked a banner year for our Aussie professionals on the various tours, 2014 presents an opportunity for even more success. Inside Golf’s Richard Fellner and David Newbery highlight some of the notable players to keep an eye on this year.
With the recent announcement of the merger between Kingswood and Peninsula golf clubs—two of Melbourne’s prominent Sandbelt facilities—more clubs across the country are discovering that they are not immune to the issues and obstacles threatening golf in Australia. Mergers and amalgamation are part of any business in any economy, so why would your golf club […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.