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 […]

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

AS a nightclub bouncer, prison officer and pub manager, Aaron Muirhead knew a thing or two about keeping people in check. But having spent close to a decade in irksome jobs he decided to change careers and now works as the general manager at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. The prison system and the pub […]

Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

REMEMBER Ian Hepburn? Most probably will as he spent close to 20 years working in management positions at club level and with golf’s governing bodies – Golf Queensland and the PGA (Queensland). Between 1989-’95, Ian was the trainee and then assistant manager at Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane before joining the Queensland Golf Union (Golf […]

Greg Norman Golf Foundation takes golf to Duaringa

Greg Norman Golf Foundation takes golf to Duaringa

IN its never-ending search for junior golfers, the Brisbane-based Greg Norman Golf Foundation (GNGF) spreads its message far-and-wide. Last month the foundation, which for many years has taken golf to schools in some of the state’s most remote areas, visited the small town of Duaringa. Duaringa, 700kms northwest of Brisbane, has a population of approximately […]

Young Darcy a record breaker

Young Darcy a record breaker

JUNIOR golfer Darcy Habgood fired a one-under par 72 to set a new women’s course record at the Toowoomba Golf Club at Middle Ridge. Needing a par on her last hole (ninth hole) to break the previous record held by Leah Hart, Darcy rolled in a three-metre breaking putt to seal the deal. The 14-year-old is having […]

Senden’s homecoming delights Keperra kids

Senden’s homecoming delights Keperra kids

WHAT does US PGA Tour star John Senden do when he takes a well-earned break from the world’s richest tour? He comes home to Brisbane and heads for Keperra Country Golf Club where he honed his incredible skills. In late June-early July, Senden spent time playing golf with his dad Gerry and some of the […]

Golf’s a way of life, says Jean Thomas

Golf’s a way of life, says Jean Thomas

THERE is a real genuineness in Jean Thomas’ voice when she talks about her 47-year love affair with golf. “It started in July 1967,” the Redcliffe Golf Club stalwart said. “I was a 23-year-old school teacher when a staff member asked me if I wanted to join the golf club. “I said I’d have a […]

A major lesson from the two Rs, Rickie and Rory

A major lesson from the two Rs, Rickie and Rory

OH boy, if the standard of golf played at the 96th US PGA Championship is an indication of what’s to come in the years ahead then the game is going to be exciting and fun to watch. Forget education’s three Rs, in golf circles right now it’s about the two Rs – Rory and Rickie. […]

Senden has a Major on his mind

Senden has a Major on his mind

JOHN Senden, one of the best less-heralded golfers in the world, believes he has what it takes to win a major championship despite being on the wrong side of 40. Many commentators and aficionados opine that professional golf is a younger person’s game. Still, Senden, who is 43, says age is just a number. Perhaps […]

PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

OFTENTIMES logic goes out the window when trying to pick a winner of the year’s final major – the US PGA Championship. Still, if you listen to logic then Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy are the players of choice. In June, Kaymer captured the US Open and a month earlier won the […]

Chips and Shanks – July

Chips and Shanks – July

  Three aces all in a day’s work IT’S not the first time it’s happened and it won’t be the last, but it is an extraordinary feat when three golfers playing in different groups on the same day score a hole-in-one on the same hole. Ian Leech, Stephen Wright and Daryl Docherty defied the odds […]

‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

BY winning the recent Senior PGA Championship, Scot Colin Montgomerie has finally put to bed the “one of the best players never to win a major” tag. Okay, it’s not a major on the regular tour but that’s not stopping the 51-year-old claiming it as a major breakthrough. “I’m a major champion and will treat […]

Golf in a small, NSW rural village

Golf in a small, NSW rural village

Inside Golf’s DAVID NEWBERY ventured off-the-beaten-track and discovered a nine-hole golf course where serenity rules even at Death Valley, Pinball Alley and the Bermuda Triangle IT’S 8.25 on a heavenly Wednesday morning when I drive into Tabulam Golf Club’s car park and pull into a parking spot just metres from the “clubhouse”. Well, truth be […]

Spotlight on Ashgrove volunteers

Spotlight on Ashgrove volunteers

EVERY Wednesday morning, a 30-strong band of faithful Ashgrove Golf Club members turn up to do voluntary work around their beloved golf course. For all of them, it’s a labour of love. Some volunteers are rookies while others like 84-year-old Col Welch have been chipping in for decades. “I have been volunteering at the club […]

And the winner is: Nudgee

And the winner is: Nudgee

It takes a collective effort to be an award-winning golf club. And that, according to Nudgee Golf Club general manager Aaron Muirhead, is exactly why the popular club close to the Brisbane Airport was awarded the coveted title of Queensland Golf Club of the Year recently. It’s the second time in eight years Nudgee has […]

GM Matt Day goes public

GM Matt Day goes public

COULD more dialogue between the game’s governing bodies and public golf course operators be a solution to growing the game? It’s a view put forward by Matt Day. The general manager of Perth’s Wembley Golf Course says the attitude towards public golf courses needs addressing and sees an opportunity for Golf Australia and the PGA […]

Hack golf a ‘hole’ new revolution

Hack golf a ‘hole’ new revolution

HAVING a hole larger than a dinner plate could be the answer to golf’s growth problems, according to TaylorMade CEO Mark King. King said golf was been in a state of decline because “the game lacks innovation”. So convinced is King the 15-inch (38.1cm) cup is a way to attract new players that TaylorMade has […]

US Open dilemma for leaders

US Open dilemma for leaders

SATURDAY is moving day for professional golfers at tournaments around the world. Well, it is for those who make the cut. The 114th US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina from June 12-15 is no different. Those who do play on the weekend will want to be there or thereabouts going into the […]

Zone in on the Sunshine Coast

Zone in on the Sunshine Coast

Whether it’s warm winter sunshine, championship golf courses, sandy-white beaches or wilderness walks there’s something for everyone on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, writes DAVID NEWBERY (For a Google map of the courses in this feature, click here) ASK most New Zealand golfers their idea of the ideal winter golfing escape and the majority will say, “Queensland’s […]

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

THE results of a survey asking members if they preferred a one-tee start or a two-tee start at Cairns Golf Club in Tropical North Queensland makes for interesting reading. Club president Nerida Wilson said the one-tee trial was “met with mixed reaction”. “We trialled a one-tee start in 2013 to assess the impacts and benefits […]

The Von Bronze unveiled

The Von Bronze unveiled

IT says much about the late, great Norman von Nida when legends of the game willingly contribute to ensure the legendary Australian is immortalised. Von Nida was honoured at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane recently when the Von Bronze was unveiled as a permanent reminder of his contribution to the game. Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, […]

Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

CAIRNS Golf Club’s past president Paul Chirio says the Tropical North Queensland club is in safe hands following the appointment of Nerida Wilson as the club’s first woman president in its 90-year history. “The club has had its financial challenges in recent years, but with Nerida at the helm, and with a new board, we […]

Kooralbyn Resort set to rise again

Kooralbyn Resort set to rise again

KOORALBYN Valley Golf Club will receive a major facelift after JHC Subsidiary, headed by Peter Huang, bought the hotel resort from the receiver for an undisclosed sum. Huang told Inside Golf more than $10 million would be spent upgrading the golf course and facilities. “We are aiming to open on 27th June,” he said. “It’s […]

Hot Summers wins Qld PGA

Hot Summers wins Qld PGA

MOST players would have given up a long time ago, but not Anthony Summers. The New South Welshman ended a 23-year drought for his first title of his career. Summers turned professional in 1991 and last month registered his maiden victory at the Coca-Cola Queensland Championship at City Golf Club, Toowoomba. The 44-year-old carded rounds […]

GM Rachel flies flag at Anglesea

GM Rachel flies flag at Anglesea

ANGLESEA Golf Club general manager Rachel Kane lives in the heart of Geelong footy territory and many of the club’s members are Cats fans, but that hasn’t stopped her splashing Hawthorn memorabilia around her office following the Hawks grand final victory. “You should see my office window, it has flags, posters and scarves in it,” […]

Cherie did entertain the thought

Cherie did entertain the thought

WHEN Cherie Alison (nee Byrnes) is asked what possessed her to quit her club professional’s job on beautiful Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays, she provides an easy answer. “It was a good lifestyle, but living on an island has a certain lifespan,” says Cherie, who is the golf operations manager and club professional at Port […]

Perske’s back and on a mission

Perske’s back and on a mission

PROFESSIONAL golfer Wayne Perske is the happiest he’s been for a long time and that could spell trouble for his counterparts as he goes about resurrecting his career. The former Japan Golf Tour winner is back in the game as a full-time player after more than two years on the sidelines and is on a […]

Who’s the greatest: Spider, Shark or Thommo?

Who’s the greatest: Spider, Shark or Thommo?

Who is Australia’s greatest ever golfer – male or female? Those who measure greatness by the number of major wins will say Karrie “Spider” Webb (7 wins) is Australia’s greatest golfer followed by the legendary Peter “Thommo” Thomson (5) and Greg “The Shark” Norman. There are many firmly in the Webb camp. They believe the honour should be judged on major victories alone.
However, there are strong arguments in favour of the Thomson and iconic and charismatic Norman.

Let’s talk golf, says Vikki

Let’s talk golf, says Vikki

IT wasn’t hard to figure out what Vikki Wrigley (nee Tutt) was going to do with her life.

Vikki is hewn from golfing stock, her father Peter Tutt was the golf professional at Newcastle’s Waratah Golf Club, her brother Trevor was a trainee professional so it was inevitable she would pursue a golf career.

Neil goes in to bat for Strathfield

Neil goes in to bat for Strathfield

COLOURFUL is just one of the words used to describe the working life of Strathfield Golf Club general manager Neil Hardy. Other words that come to mind include exciting, intoxicating, fun, stressful, hectic and testing. It started when he left school to work the floor of the stock exchange during the exciting Poseidon nickel boom […]

Kel Nagle: the popular champion

Kel Nagle: the popular champion

UNASSUMING and modest, Kel Nagle easily masks his significant golfing deeds. “It’s been a nice journey,” is how this quiet, humble man sums up his stellar career, which includes winning the centenary Open Championship at St Andrews. Still, Kel has an astonishing recall for tournaments he played in more than 50 years ago. He can […]