Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern Golf Club has unveiled its three brand-new holes and announced a vision for a drastically improved water supply and long-term master plan of its course and clubhouse. Members teed off Northern’s new Thomson Perrett-designed eighth, ninth and 10th holes on April 16. “Nine and 10 are brand-new holes, which will probably be rated one […]

Steffensen sprints into golf

Steffensen sprints into golf

From a Commonwealth Games gold medal to Olympic and World Championship medals, former sprinter John Steffensen’s competitive streak can now be sparked just as easily by a monthly medal. A decade on from his captivating gold-medal winning run in the 400 metres at Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games, the 33-year-old is happily retired from track and field […]

Longest Golf Day to fight cancer

Longest Golf Day to fight cancer

Cancer Council Victoria is daring all Australian golfers to take on its annual golf event, The Longest Golf Day, in a bid to play 72 holes in one day and raise money to fight cancer. On December 21, golf clubs and courses across Victoria will participate in the one-day challenge to complete four rounds of […]

Wondonga Golf Club sold to consortium

Wondonga Golf Club sold to consortium

The President at Wodonga Golf Club in Victoria’s northeast claims the club’s recent sale has removed uncertainty amongst members and ensured it can become more profitable in future. The SS&A Club – which had been trying to sell Wodonga for several years – accepted an undisclosed offer from an unknown consortium in late May. “They […]

Trainees to tackle Ballarat

Trainees to tackle Ballarat

Trainee professionals can expect less brutal course conditions for this year’s PGA National Futures Championship at Ballarat Golf Club after it secured the right to continue hosting the world’s richest trainee tournament for the next three years. This year’s Futures Championship will be held from October 20 with close to 120 players competing for a […]

The Dunes celebrates 20th anniversary

The Dunes celebrates 20th anniversary

It’s January 1994 and businessman Duncan Andrews takes a gamble and buys a partially-built golf course in Rye from a local butcher who had decided to sell well before the course could be finished. There was hardly a tree on the property. The Mornington Peninsula was nothing like it is today with a plethora of […]

Peterborough club, community take safety to heart

Peterborough club, community take safety to heart

Future lives in Victoria’s west could be saved after three generous golfers at Peterborough Golf Club helped raise funds to ensure the town and nearby Port Campbell will each have their own defibrillators. Michael Beer, Lachie Beer, Glen McGorlick and Andrew McQuinn set out to raise the crucial funds for the automated external defibrillator (AED) […]

New housing, clubhouse planned for Wangaratta GC

New housing, clubhouse planned for Wangaratta GC

Wangaratta Golf Club’s outdated clubhouse could soon be a thing of the past if the club is granted council approval to allow developers to subdivide part of its current golf course. The 300-member club revealed that – if its land is successfully rezoned, it will use the sale proceeds to finance building a new clubhouse […]

Sandbelt clubs put merger on back burner

Sandbelt clubs put merger on back burner

Woodlands, Patterson River and Rossdale are still open to the possibility of merging despite talks between the three clubs falling through late last year. The respective boards were in discussions over a plan to turn nine holes at Rossdale into residential land and form a 45-hole ‘superclub’ to ensure each club’s long-term financial viability. “Something […]

District shakeup in southwest Victoria

District shakeup in southwest Victoria

Golf in the southwest of Victoria has received a major shakeup with 24 clubs in the area settling into their membership as part of the newly formed Western District Golf Association. The association came into being after three former districts – South Western District Golf Association, Women’s Golf Western District and Corangamite District Golf Association […]

A wee bit of Scotland at Flinders GC

A wee bit of Scotland at Flinders GC

After more than a decade working as a golf professional at Flinders Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Scotsman Gavin Coyle has revealed it’s the club’s similarities to his homeland that have sustained his passion for both the job and the seaside links course. Coyle, who hails from Gourock Golf Club on Scotland’s west coast, […]

Reciprocals a passport to golf’s future

Reciprocals a passport to golf’s future

As the Australian golf club industry in general tries to slow the overall decline in membership numbers, numerous progressive clubs are developing local reciprocal agreements to boost their offering to members and entice new members. More clubs are either executing mergers or considering joining forces with other clubs to sure up their future but reciprocal […]

Nolan optimistic throughout cancer battle

Nolan optimistic throughout cancer battle

Victorian professional golfer Peter Nolan is optimistic about returning to full health since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April. Nolan, who competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia between 2007 and 2012, was preparing to undergo his tenth chemotherapy treatment at the time of writing and said he has already seen his condition improve. […]

Goggin’s Golf Preserve gains momentum

Goggin’s Golf Preserve gains momentum

Tasmanian touring pro Mathew Goggin has revealed construction of his proposed multi-million dollar Golf Preserve development at Hobart’s Seven Mile Beach could begin before the end of this year. The proponent’s push for two 18-hole courses, a five-hole children’s course and five-star accommodation has gained momentum in recent months, receiving Clarence City Council’s approval to […]

Aussie veterans ‘Soldier On’ in Scotland

Aussie veterans ‘Soldier On’ in Scotland

An Australian group of wounded war veterans are proving that golf can be their means for positive reintegration into the community. With the help of national charity Soldier On, a small band of Aussie veterans made the pilgrimage to the home of golf, St Andrews, in Scotland for a global veterans charity event in July […]

Top trainees to battle in Ballarat

Top trainees to battle in Ballarat

Ballarat can expect an all-encompassing assault on the golfing senses when it hosts what the PGA of Australia is touting as the unofficial trainee world championship in October. More than 100 of the nation’s and the world’s best trainee professionals will tee it up in the $55,000 PGA National Futures Championship at the Peter Thomson-designed […]

Burgled balls beset Tassie range

Burgled balls beset Tassie range

A driving range near Hobart has fallen victim to a major theft of its golf balls for the second time this year. Close to 6,000 golf balls were stolen from Golf Park Hobart on Cranston Parade in Cambridge on Friday May 31 and taken away in bright-coloured plastic tubs. Police suspect at least two people […]

Inland golf for Shipwreck Coast?

Inland golf for Shipwreck Coast?

Peterborough Golf Club in coastal western Victoria could be extended from nine holes to 18 if local councils completing a draft master plan for the Shipwreck Coast choose to move on discussions around building another nine holes inland. The Corangamite Shire and Moyne Shire Councils are preparing a master plan in conjunction with Parks Victoria, […]

Timing setbacks to delay King Island course opening

Timing setbacks to delay King Island course opening

Ocean Dunes Golf Links on Tasmania’s King Island has suffered a timing setback and isn’t expected to open until mid-2015. Director Graeme Grant, who is also spearheading the course’s design and grassing, has revealed slow progress over summer and autumn has forced him to abandon earlier hopes of opening the course by February 2015. “That’s […]

Changing landscapes: courses on the move

Changing landscapes: courses on the move

It’s no longer a major surprise to hear that golf courses in Australia are selling, moving or merging in what is an unsettling time for our golf industry. Melbourne clubs like Chirnside Park and Eastern, which have relocated their courses further away from the CBD, may be set up for brighter financial days but their […]

For Sandy, club golfers are just the ticket

For Sandy, club golfers are just the ticket

The former coach of Robert Allenby and major winner Y.E Yang has eschewed the cut-and-thrust, ego-driven world of professional golf, and is now reaping the rewards of teaching amateurs and club golfers. Sandy Jamieson is the Head Teaching Professional at Commonwealth Golf Club on Melbourne’s sandbelt and has been working there for the past three […]

Su is Oh so good

Su is Oh so good

Seventeen-year-old Victorian amateur Su-Hyun Oh says West Australian sensation Minjee Lee’s win at February’s Victorian Open as an amateur has convinced her that she too is capable of winning professional events. Oh admits Lee’s dominant six-shot win at Thirteenth Beach has given her added motivation to lift her own game. “I think it’s mutual. When […]

Renovations boost Warragul’s members, revenues

Renovations boost Warragul’s members, revenues

Warragul Country Club says it’s close to peak membership as its $10 million renovation nears completion. The west Gippsland club currently has more than 750 golf members and club general manager Michael Smairl says weekend fields are approaching capacity. “Our golf membership’s almost reaching its peak as far as member numbers on a Saturday so […]

Can we go back-to-back at Augusta?

Can we go back-to-back at Augusta?

Defending champion Adam Scott headlines Australia’s brigade of starters for the 2014 Masters – joined by Jason Day, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and 19-year-old West Australian Oliver Goss, who qualifies off the back of his runner-up finish at last year’s US Amateur Championship. Scott’s win last year and the top-four finishes […]

$2.5m fire bill for Shepparton Golf Club

$2.5m fire bill for Shepparton Golf Club

Shepparton Golf Club says the damage bill from a fire that roared through its clubhouse roof on a Saturday afternoon in late January could reach two and a half million dollars. “I’d put a conservative estimate at two million to probably two and a half,” the club’s General Manager Stephen Seagrave says. “The insurers came […]

Dress codes, playing rights to be overhauled

Dress codes, playing rights to be overhauled

Golf Australia has outlined plans to radically overhaul women’s dress codes and bring an end to the traditional men’s-only Saturday competitions at golf courses around the country. In a bid to bring new women to the sport, Golf Australia will launch a new program at this month’s Women’s Australian Open at Victoria Golf Club in […]

Ocean Dunes aims for 2014/15 opening

Ocean Dunes aims for 2014/15 opening

The golf course designer behind one of King Island’s two spectacular golf course developments says his course is still at least 12 months away from opening for play. King Island Ocean Dunes’ designer Graeme Grant says progress at the coastal links course has been hampered by the harsh conditions of the 2013 winter. “November, December […]

Third club on horizon for Peninsula Kingswood?

Third club on horizon for Peninsula Kingswood?

DESPITE rumour and speculation to the contrary, newly-created Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club in Melbourne’s east says it has no immediate plans to involve neighbouring Long Island Country Club as part of a further merger, but indicates that adding a third course may be in the cards in the next ten years. Kingswood’s General Manager Heath […]

Eaglehawk to merge with Bendigo GC

Eaglehawk to merge with Bendigo GC

Bendigo Golf Club is pushing to become one of regional Victoria’s strongest clubs after winning the bidding war to merge with embattled Eaglehawk Golf Club. Eaglehawk’s members have voted at a 66 per cent majority to merge with Bendigo instead of Neangar Park Golf Club and Belvoir Park Golf Club. “We’re very happy with (Bendigo’s) […]

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