Koepka wins majors title race

Koepka wins majors title race

OPEN Championship winner Jordan Spieth and US Open winner Brooks Koepka were the only two major winners to make the cut in all four majors – the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship. Masters champion Sergio Garcia was in the mix going into the final major, but he missed the cut […]

Andy powers into GM role at Wantima

Andy powers into GM role at Wantima

WANTIMA Country Club in Brisbane’s northern suburbs lives up to its reputation as being a family-friendly club and general manager Andy Lowen ensures his members and guests enjoy service with a smile. Wantima also happens to be PGA Tour player Cameron Smith’s home club. As a three-year-old, Smith starting honing his skills around Wantima where […]

Video: How Terry Price can improve your game

Video: How Terry Price can improve your game

INSIDE GOLF went back to school last month – not the classroom variety but the Terry Price Golf Schools based at the idyllic Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club on the Gold Coast. Sales executive David Ross and I were keen to improve our ball-striking ability and learn how to play stroke-saving shots and Terry, […]

I love Kalgoorlie, says champ

I love Kalgoorlie, says champ

PROFESSIONAL New South Wales golfer Dimitrios Papadatos loves Kalgoorlie Golf Course. And why wouldn’t he after winning the TX Civil and Logistics WA PGA Championship in his first visit to the excellent Graham Marsh-designed layout. “The golf course is the reason I came here,” Papadatos said after carding rounds of 70-68-70-68 for a tournament total […]

2017 US Open Preview: Heading for the Hills

2017 US Open Preview: Heading for the Hills

IN the lead-up to last year’s US Open at Oakmont Country Club, Jordan Spieth said Oakmont was “the hardest test in all of golf”. Well, we all know what happened. The big-hitting Dustin Johnson conquered the mighty Oakmont and will undoubtedly be the overwhelming favourite going into this year’s championship at Erin Hills Golf Course […]

2017 U.S. Open Preview: Day to lead the Aussie Charge

2017 U.S. Open Preview: Day to lead the Aussie Charge

  When the 117th U.S. Open gets underway June 15 at Erin Hills, a group of Australians will be in the field, including a player who has come close to winning on numerous occasions but has yet to break through. Jason Day, the No. 2-ranked player in the world, has four top-five finishes at the […]

The Shark sighted in NQ

The Shark sighted in NQ

THERE was great excitement in North Queensland when former world number one Greg Norman dropped in for a “look around”. No one is saying why he was there, which begs the question: does the Great White Shark have plans to design and build a golf course in Townsville, invest in the city or was he […]

It started with golf, fishing and horses

It started with golf, fishing and horses

QUEENSLAND Club Professional of the Year Matthew King reckons he was destined for a career in the golf industry. When he was still in short pants, Matthew honed his skills out the back of the pro shop and on the course at Wynnum Golf Club where his father Paul King was the club professional for […]

Ivo the great

Ivo the great

IT’S hard to believe this year marks the 50th anniversary since the passing of one of Australia’s greatest golfers – an amateur at that. Ivo Whitton, who was born in 1893 and died in 1967 aged 73, was a legend in Australian golfing circles. In the modern game, it’s hard to imagine his golfing feats […]

There is an art to being GM Tracey-Lea

There is an art to being GM Tracey-Lea

AFTER 12 months at the helm, Tracey-Lea Tiley has settled beautifully in the general manager’s role at Links Hole Island Golf Club on the Gold Coast. As the leader of a multi-million dollar business, she revels in her work and happily puts in 11-hour days to ensure the club runs smoothly. “This is my second […]

NSW and QLD club floods: a wet and wild ride

NSW and QLD club floods: a wet and wild ride

CYCLONE Debbie’s destruction was never more evident than at Bowen Golf Club where wind speeds reached more than 250km/h tearing off the clubhouse awning and downpipes, bringing down huge trees, shifting concrete bridges and destroying sections of the golf course. The ocean side golf course was devastated and forced to close for at least a […]

GM Marcus Sullivan goes full circle

GM Marcus Sullivan goes full circle

WHEN Marcus Sullivan started as a golf shop assistant at Arundel Hills Country Club 20 years ago, not even he could imagine he would return one day as the club’s general manager. It’s been almost a year since Sullivan parked himself behind the GM’s desk and in that time he has overseen a number of […]

2017 US Masters preview, picks and TV Times

2017 US Masters preview, picks and TV Times

WATCH out Jordan, Jason, Rory and Adam – Dustin Johnson is on the prowl and he’s looking for a green blazer. Yes folks, it’s time for the US Masters. It’s when the dogwoods and azaleas are in stunning bloom and the best players on the planet line up for a tilt at winning the green […]

Meet Byron Bay GM Wendy Perry

Meet Byron Bay GM Wendy Perry

Wendy Perry has a lot on her plate as general manager of Byron Bay Golf Club, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Ms Perry, who has been at the helm at Byron Bay Golf Club for two years following a four-year stint as administration manager, has the club industry running through her veins. […]

Calvin Klein Queensland A, B and C Grade Golf Championships

Calvin Klein Queensland A, B and C Grade Golf Championships

THE Sunshine Coast may have lost the Australian PGA Championship, but it still jealously holds onto the Calvin Klein Queensland A, B and C Grade Golf Championships, which will be played at Noosa Springs from November 25 to 27. The event is open to all amateur golfers who have a registered Golf Australia handicap that […]

A little help for junior friends

A little help for junior friends

FOR the second successive year, a strong contingent of juniors from Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane jumped on the club’s bus to make the 90-minute journey to play in the Toogoolawah Golf Club Junior Classic. “Twelve Pacific juniors travelled as a team and once again enjoyed the experience of playing on a country course,” said […]

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

LONG John Daly is arguably the most colourful golfer playing the game today, but when it comes to eccentricity he’s a rank amateur compared to the late Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman. Norman was an eccentric Canadian golfer, who, like Daly, wore mismatched outfits and played fast – sometimes never stopping to line up putts. Australian golf […]

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

WHEN builder Allan Wilson decided last year to move his family from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast to help make his daughter Sarah’s golfing dreams come true, he must have known it was a gamble. But it’s one that’s already paid off – and who knows what the ultimate dividend will be? Last month Sarah […]

2016 Majors: Day first, daylight second

2016 Majors: Day first, daylight second

JASON Day didn’t win a major in 2016, but his combined form in the four majors – the U.S. Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and U.S. PGA Championship – resulted in him finishing atop the leaderboard. After 16 major rounds, the 28-year-old’s 1123 total – nine-under par – saw him finish 12 shots ahead of […]

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

  THE Safoz Schools Golf Challenge, an inter-schools old boys’ golf event, will be played at Parkwood International Golf Club on the Gold Coast on August 20. More than 20 schools from Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and South Africa will compete for the Frames Trophy, which has a long and rich tradition […]

PGA Championship Preview: Baltusrol packs a mighty punch

PGA Championship Preview: Baltusrol packs a mighty punch

WHEN golf fans think of Baltusrol Golf Club, host of the US PGA Championship from July 28-31, they tend to associate it with the U.S. Open. That’s because Baltusrol has hosted seven U.S. Opens and just one PGA Championship in 2005. So what can players and fans expect? Will a U.S. Open-style course – which […]

Peregian Springs closes doors

Peregian Springs closes doors

NOBODY likes to hear of golf clubs closing their doors, but news out of the Sunshine Coast is that Peregian Springs Golf Club has shut up shop just 13 years after opening. Administrator Gavin Morton told the Sunshine Coast Daily’s Bill Hoffman the club had simply run out of money to operate. To many, the […]

I’ll take even par, says Spieth

I’ll take even par, says Spieth

REIGNING US Open champion Jordan Spieth has suggested Oakmont, host to this month’s US Open, is arguably golf’s toughest test. “I know that if you win a US Open at Oakmont, you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf because this is arguably the hardest course in […]

ICYMI: What odds a major breakthrough

ICYMI: What odds a major breakthrough

  WELL, you can take US Masters champion Danny Willett off the list, but who will be the next player to join the elite “major winners’ club”? Ten years ago, a betting person would have backed Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker and even natty dresser Ian Poulter to win at […]

Lindy Goggin one of the greats

Lindy Goggin one of the greats

WHEN golf historians blow the dust off the record books and go in search of great Australian golfers they will undoubtedly stop at the letter G and ink in one of the greatest – Lindy Goggin. Born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania, the extraordinarily talented Lindy stretched a stellar amateur career across four decades. She […]

Golf Industry News, May

Golf Industry News, May

  Top award for WA’s Alex Monteath WEST Australian golfing stalwart Alex Monteath doesn’t like surprises, but he received one recently when Golf Management Australia (WA) honoured him with the WA Golf Industry Recognition Award for services to golf. “It was more of a shock than a surprise because I had no idea it was […]

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

ELEVEN Golf Management Australia (GMA) general managers attended the Club Managers’ Association of America’s 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Diego, California and returned home inspired and loaded with new ideas. The were: Aaron Muirhead (Nudgee Golf Club), Scott Wagstaff (Carbrook Golf Club), Barnaby Sumner (Oatlands Golf Club), Michael […]

Kirk kicks ‘bad habits’

Kirk kicks ‘bad habits’

AUSTRALIAN Katherine Kirk, a two-time US LPGA Tour winner and 2009 Ladies Masters champion, admits life on tour has been a struggle over the past 12 to 18 months. Still, if her form at the RACV Ladies Masters, where she finished as the leading Australian professional in a tie for 17th at one-under par, counts […]

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

BALLINA Golf and Sports Club general manager Mark Whiting was halfway through an interview with Inside Golf when he excused himself to answer a telephone ringing in the background. Soon he returned to apologise for his short absence. “The office manager had to take her dog to the vet so while I’m talking to you […]

Aussies eye Green Jacket

Aussies eye Green Jacket

IN-FORM Adam Scott already has one Green Jacket in his locker and will be aiming for a second when the US Masters gets underway on April 7. Joining Scott at Augusta National will be fellow Aussies Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch and debutant Cameron Smith. Of course, Day, Leishman, Bowditch and Smith too will […]

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club

NOW that’s what I call a grand and inviting entrance! The drive into Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club off Soorley Street at Tweed Heads South stretches to about 1500 metres, winding its way past the lush fairways and manicured greens of the West Course – first of two first-class 18-hole layouts. It takes about […]

Tru-Turf rolling nicely

Tru-Turf rolling nicely

WHAT do St Andrews, Augusta National, Pebble Beach and Royal Melbourne have in common? They all use Tru-Turf greens rollers to produce perfect putting surfaces. The Gold Coast-based company has revolutionised the way greens are cared for and even has the US PGA Tour singing its praises. Mind you, it wasn’t always smooth rolling. “When […]

Meet globetrotting GM Mark Holland

Meet globetrotting  GM Mark Holland

IN the mid-1980s, Mark Holland quit professional tennis to start a career that has led to managing some of the best golf clubs and resorts around the world. For the past 30 years, he has plied his management skills in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi and Kuwait), Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Macau, Fiji and Australia where […]

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