Tough tracks: Do we want David versus Goliath?

Tough tracks: Do we want David versus Goliath?

Watching the third round of the recent The Players Championship, I was reminded of how much I truly dislike watching the world’s best players be forced to suffer undue punishment on the golf course. For those of you who didn’t see it (which is probably most of you, as it was only available on Foxtel—but […]

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

Widely respected for his maturity, passion and exceptional skills on the field, three-time AFL Grand Final player Nick Dal Santo is also quietly known off the field for a different set of skills—namely, driving, pitching and putting. A friendly, honest and outgoing individual, the current North Melbourne Kangaroos midfielder loves his golf. Bitten by the ‘golf […]

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder

Inside Golf is giving away a Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder to one lucky reader! With its new ergonomic design and its award-winning PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, the Tour V3 sets the standard for being the complete laser rangefinder package – design, performance and feel. JOLT Technology eliminates all doubt by delivering short vibrating bursts to […]

Club of the Month: Ballina Golf and Sports Club

Club of the Month: Ballina Golf and Sports Club

BALLINA Golf and Sports Club, located about an hour south of the Gold Coast and 10 minutes from Ballina Airport, is a lush green parkland golf course that offers peaceful vistas of North Creek and lovely carefully maintained flora. Known as the Garden Course of the Northern Rivers, Ballina GSC is a traditional golf club […]

Melbourne golfers skate into the record books

Melbourne golfers skate into the record books

It was an exciting morning at Melbourne’s Ringwood Golf Course on Monday 11 April, as an enthusiastic group of golfers gathered to set a number of world records for the fastest rounds of golf played on a Golf Skate Caddy ‒ a feat never attempted previously. Professional golfer Graham Maher set the overall fastest time […]

WIN: Australia’s top courses on offer at Seventh Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

WIN: Australia’s top courses on offer at Seventh Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

The magnificent Mornington Peninsula will once again be on show to golfers from around Australia and overseas as the highly-anticipated Seventh Annual Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic tees off from 2-7 October. The golf extravaganza is regularly recognised as one of the most enjoyable and best-value events on the annual amateur golfing calendar, and will see […]

Cereal killer: golf and the “convenience” factor

Cereal killer: golf and the “convenience” factor

A recent story in the New York Times reported that the breakfast cereal industry is in dire straits.  Sales of the quick and easy breakfast favourite have tumbled by almost 30 per cent over the past 15 years, with the future looking even more uncertain. That’s right. The bellwether breakfast staple for millions of kids […]

We Tried It: TaylorMade M2 Family

We Tried It: TaylorMade M2 Family

Whenever TaylorMade Golf launches a new set of clubs, I anxiously await my chance to get them out on the course for a test-drive. The last full set of TaylorMade clubs I tested – the RSi irons—were so good that I quickly added them to my bag on a permanent basis. And they have never […]

We tried it: PNP SiteLine putter and chipper

We tried it: PNP SiteLine putter and chipper

Having played golf for over 40 years, I’ve seen and tested nearly every new type of club on the market. While many of these products can easily fall into the “gimmick” category, there are a fair number of clubs that are the “real deal”, offering massive benefits to golfers of all levels. An even smaller […]

Gold Coast World Masters turns 21

Gold Coast World Masters turns 21

Few events have stood the test of time like the World Masters Golf Championship on the Gold Coast each October. This event for club golfers aged 35 years and over has attracted big numbers from all over Australia, New Zealand and around the world for more than 20 years. This month, we go behind the […]

King Island – Australia’s newest golf destination

King Island – Australia’s newest golf destination

In most golfing circles these days, King Island is spoken about with much excitement. Home to two of Australia’s newest (and arguably most exciting) golf courses, the tiny island is on the verge of a major boom in golf tourism, as the courses, services, accommodation and food are all becoming renowned across the globe.   […]

WIn: A TaylorMade M2 Driver

WIn: A TaylorMade M2 Driver

Inside Golf and TaylorMade are giving away an M2 Driver to one lucky reader. Following the remarkable success of M1, TaylorMade Golf, makers of the No. 1 Driver in Golf, have unveiled the M2 drivers, fairways and Rescue clubs to complete the M family. In M2, engineers have utilised the same proprietary multi-material combination, including the seven-layer […]

Australian golfers to ‘give back’ to the future

Australian golfers to ‘give back’ to the future

Australia’s new wave of elite professional golfers will help fund the future of Australian golf under a groundbreaking new program. Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt today announced the “Give Back” program, a revolutionary plan agreed by the body’s high performance staff and athletes. “In essence, when graduates of our high performance squads reach a […]

WIN: A PING G Series Driver

WIN: A PING G Series Driver

A close-up photograph of a dragonfly was the inspiration for the primary innovation in the driver. Inspired by biomimicry, an approach to innovation that emulates nature’s time-tested patterns, PING engineers created Dragonfly Technology. The complex exoskeleton design yields PING’s thinnest (0.43 mm) and lightest crown to date, saving eight grams while creating an intricate and […]

The power and the passion

The power and the passion

Last month, I witnessed first-hand how a group of passionate people, by working together, can make magic happen. I was part of a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, a website which helps products generate start-up funds through public pledges. This campaign hoped to fund the return of a 1990s US cult classic TV show (Mystery Science […]

PowaKaddy Freeway Range

PowaKaddy Freeway Range

As the best-selling brand in over 50 countries worldwide and with over 30 years of proven innovation, PowaKaddy lead the way with cutting-edge designs fused with the latest technology to deliver the perfect combination of performance, reliability and user friendly functionality. The new Powakaddy freeway range consists of three models FW3, FW5 and FW7 boasting […]

Kingston Heath Golf Club to host World Cup of Golf

Kingston Heath Golf Club to host World Cup of Golf

Kingston Heath Golf Club has been named as the host club of the 58th edition of the World Cup of Golf, with the format returning to team play (two-man teams) from 28 different countries squaring off on November 21-27, 2016, in Melbourne. One of the most historic global events in the game, the World Cup […]

Win: A set of 3 Mizuno S5 Wedges

Win: A set of 3 Mizuno S5 Wedges

THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED. Inside Golf and Mizuno are offering one lucky reader a set of 3 Mizuno S5 Wedges in your choice of either the Blue IP or White Satin. You can also choose the perfect loft combination to fit your game! Nothing Feels Like a Mizuno! With the new S5 Wedges, you can “Spin […]

It’s time to get social

It’s time to get social

If you’ve read my column on a regular basis over the past few years, you’ll have seen many references to the growth of social golf in Australia. Month after month, year after year, this country has seen a steady increase in golfers choosing to play the game via public access/green fees rather than join private […]

Women’s Australian Open heads to Adelaide

Women’s Australian Open heads to Adelaide

The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be played in Adelaide in 2016 and beyond. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt, in conjunction with South Australian Minister for Recreation and Sport and Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, announced the historic move at next year’s host venue, The Grange Golf Club. Midori Miyazaki, executive director for international […]

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3

WIN: Bushnell Tour V3

Inside Golf is giving away a Bushnell Tour V3 Laser Rangefinder to one lucky reader! With its new ergonomic design and its award-winning PinSeeker with JOLT Technology, the Tour V3 sets the standard for being the complete laser rangefinder package – design, performance and feel. JOLT Technology eliminates all doubt by delivering short vibrating bursts to […]

A team effort

A team effort

As you can imagine, the Inside Golf team spend a lot of time on the road, visiting private golf clubs, public courses, industry bodies and any number of golf-related businesses throughout the country. One of the more enjoyable aspects of my position is visiting with clubs and chatting with members, GMs, staff and the like. […]

Eastern’s opening marks Shark’s 100th

Eastern’s opening marks Shark’s 100th

Australia’s Great White Shark, Greg Norman, hit golf’s century mark yesterday, notching his 100th international course design with the official opening of The Eastern Golf Club’s new course in Yering. At an official opening ceremony at the club’s sparkling new clubhouse, Norman signified his delight that the milestone event for Greg Norman Golf Course Design […]

Are we all doing our part for golf?

Are we all doing our part for golf?

As a father of two school-aged children, I am often disheartened (or even downright angry) when I see, year after year, how sports like cricket, footy, soccer, netball and basketball take centre stage in the school newsletters, notices and other communications, while golf gets nary a mention. So imagine my surprise (nay, delight) when a […]

Profitability: at what cost?

Profitability: at what cost?

Following on from last month’s column about businesses and companies that are focusing more on profits than on customers, I’d like to address a related topic that is just as worrying: cost-cutting to excess. In business, there are (basically) two ways to boost profitability: 1) increase revenue, or 2) cut costs. Lacking the ability to […]

WIN: Cobra FLY-Z + Driver

WIN: Cobra FLY-Z + Driver

Cobra FLY-Z + Driver Cobra’s Fly-Z+ Driver features FlipZone weight technology- a revolutionary, moveable weight system engineered to provide two different flight paths in one club that enables maximum distance for any swing and any golfer. The key to increased distance is the ultra-low centre of gravity (CG) embodied in COBRA’s new FlipZone weight technology […]

How golf got into the rough

How golf got into the rough

As I’ve regularly discussed in this column, golf is currently experiencing difficult times. But how exactly did we get here? In examining our present, we must quickly look at our past. Prior to the 1990s, golf was generally considered a boring, elitist game for retirees. But with the entrance of Tiger Woods into the professional […]

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