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 […]

Winners are grinners in Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship

Winners are grinners in Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship

THIRTEEN young golfers have won their way to America after taking out their respective age divisions at the inaugural Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship. Capricorn Resort Golf at Mercure Resort, Yeppoon played host to the three-day tournament on the specially configured Resort Course along with the renowned Championship Course. Mercure Capricorn Resort golf operations […]

Western Australia, where golf sizzles

Western Australia, where golf sizzles

IF you play golf and travel, chances are you’ve heard the news – golf in Western Australia is hot. Yes, the golf courses in Perth and surrounds and out to Kalgoorlie are sizzling hot. In the West, they weave intriguing layouts, quality resorts, soothing spas, gourmet dining and blend urban cool with raw natural beauty. […]

John Senden a ‘team man’

John Senden a ‘team man’

GOLF is not a team sport, but if you want to be a successful player you need to surround yourself with a team, says two-time US PGA Tour winner John Senden. The former Australian Open champion told Inside Golf he was able to reach the highest level (US PGA Tour) because he surrounded himself with […]

Gawler Golf Club – what a laugh

Gawler Golf Club – what a laugh

SOUTH Australia’s Gawler Golf Club promoted the game recently by participating in two Adelaide Fringe events. In March, four comedians entertained more than 70 people at the golf club. For two hours, the comedians had the audience in fits of laughter. The comedians also pulled the audience into their act with quick wit and frivolity. […]

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

NO golfer, irrespective of his or her handicap, walks off a green after a three putt feeling good about themselves. And while The Brisbane Golf Club cannot guarantee a golfer’s most detested deficiency never occurring on their greens, club captain Terry Campbell is adamant the probability has greatly decreased now the course has Ultra Dwarf […]

Fire razes club’s machinery shed

Fire razes club’s machinery shed

RULE number one for any golf club under financial pressure: do not cancel your insurance policy. Just ask the officials at Wallangarra Golf Club located on the Queensland/New South Wales border near Stanthorpe in the heart of the Granite Belt. Two weeks after cancelling its fire and theft insurance policy, fire destroyed the club’s machinery […]

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

HE’S held a number of interesting jobs in his working life, but Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club general manager Roger Morris reckons his current position is right up there with the rest of them. Morris started his career working in international hotels before landing key positions at The Australian Golf Club and Castle Hill Country […]

Club of the Month: McLeod Country Golf Club

Club of the Month: McLeod Country Golf Club

LOCALS boast that McLeod Country Golf Club is in the peak of condition and the best it has been for years. In fact, all areas of the club have been greatly improved in its recovery from the 2011 floods and 2012 storms. Members and guests are so impressed with the conditions at McLeod that they […]

Roo Beauty: Aussie winners in 2014

Roo Beauty: Aussie winners in 2014

DESPITE going winless in the majors, it’s been a super year for Australian golfers around the world. For the record, more than 20 Aussies entered the winner’s circle including six on the toughest tour of all – the US PGA Tour. Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Geoff Ogilvy flew […]

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

WHEN Melissa Ellis took on the general manager’s role at Castle Hill Country Club two years ago, a few bold members gave her the moniker “non-golfing sheila” but it didn’t take long for the sobriquet to wear off. “I came from a non-golfing background so when I first started here that’s what they called me, […]

The beauty of Peregian Springs

The beauty of Peregian Springs

OPENED in 2003, Peregian Springs Golf Club on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast is building a reputation as a must-play golf course and must-visit golfing destination in the region. The club’s chief executive officer Declan McCollam said Peregian Springs started life as a private members club, but now welcomed green fee players seven days per week. […]

Golf farewells legend Jack Harris

Golf farewells legend Jack Harris

IT’S hard to know where to start when writing about the passing of Melbourne’s legendary teaching professional Jack Harris. John Bruce “Jack” Harris, who died recently aged 91, was an amazing man. A quiet achiever, Jack’s golf story began as a 10-year-old at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Born in 1922, he went to Kingston Heath […]

Queensland Open rises to occasion

Queensland Open rises to occasion

GEEZ, there were a lot of positives to come out of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf Club, according to Golf Queensland manager golf operations Luke Bates. He told Inside Golf crowds were up 40 per cent on last year and more than 2000 schoolchildren were introduced to the game. “We doubled the numbers,” […]

RACV Royal Pines shaping up well

RACV Royal Pines shaping up well

  RACV Royal Pines Resort golf course superintendent Lincoln Coombes is confident the redesigned front nine holes will be ready for play when the Australian PGA Championship gets underway on December 11. The Winter Green grass fairways and TifEagle grass greens have taken root and the reshaped bunkering looks impressive and decidedly different to the […]

Pacific Golf Club just gets better

Pacific Golf Club just gets better

PACIFIC Golf Club in Brisbane’s southeast is one of those feel-good stories. “Things have been on the up-and-up ever since we put in place better processes,” said the club’s general manager Cameron Harvey. A new course superintendent, course improvements and renovations, a beautification program and changes to the catering department have given the popular club […]

Aussie pro revs up golf in Indonesia

Aussie pro revs up golf in Indonesia

TO his Indonesian golf students and their parents, Australian teaching professional Tony Blacker is a diamond in the rough. For the past eight years, the former Brisbane club pro has taught golf in Indonesia and now calls Jakarta home. It’s where Blacker, the head coach at the Aserra Golf Academy at the Senayan Golf Driving […]

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