February 2018 Demo Days

February 2018 Demo Days

The latest Demo Date Listings are now online, featuring upcoming Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

Club of the month: Rosebud Country Club

Club of the month: Rosebud Country Club

Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula is regarded as one of the Australia’s most treasured and exciting locations for golfers. The variety and quality of the many golfing “gems” in the area is unmatched in our country, and at only a one-hour drive from Melbourne, it’s no wonder why many golfers (including the Inside Golf team) consider it […]

Stop the chop: Save18Holes

Stop the chop: Save18Holes

Ok, folks. Enough is enough – it’s time for us all to take action. One of Australia’s most beloved and iconic golf courses, Melbourne’s Albert Park Golf Course, is facing the chop. Situated just a 5-iron away from the Melbourne CBD (if you’re Dustin Johnson), the course is an institution for Melburnians, and sees upwards […]

January 2018 Demo Dates and Events

January 2018 Demo Dates and Events

The latest Demo Date Listings for January 2018, is now online, featuring the latest Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

The cart before the course

The cart before the course

In February, I wrote about how golf is predominantly a game of “No”, with golfers commonly hearing phrases like “No, you can’t wear those types of socks/shoes/shorts/shirts”, “No, women (or juniors) can’t be on the course this day of the week,”, “No, you can’t check email on your phone while in the clubhouse,”, “No, you can’t play unless you have an […]

Long live print — Inside Golf bucking the trend

Long live print — Inside Golf bucking the trend

It’s no secret that the print magazine industry has gone through a rough patch of late. More and more newsstand and subscription titles have ceased publication in recent years, a result of the meteoric rise of online behemoths like Google and Facebook. But one magazine is bucking this trend, and kicking goals (or in this […]

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club to host 2018 World Cup of Golf

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club to host 2018 World Cup of Golf

The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced today that the 59th edition of the World Cup of Golf will return to Melbourne, Victoria, with The Metropolitan Golf Club playing host to 28 two-person teams representing their respective countries on November 21-25, 2018. As one of five events co-sanctioned by […]

Juniors Ben, Emily tops in CQ

Juniors Ben, Emily tops in CQ

RISING STAR, Yeppoon Golf Club’s Ben Swaffield has taken out the inaugural 54-hole Central Queensland Junior Open Championship played at Capricorn Resort and Yeppoon Golf Club. Swaffield carded rounds of 70-73-71 to finish with a 214 total – 12 shots clear of Capricorn Resort’s Ben Scott (226). In B grade, Capricorn Resort’s Aiden Scott returned […]

Mornington Golf Club

Mornington Golf Club

LIKE any good golfing anecdote, a golf course can always be improved on – and with a bit of embellishment, get even better with time. So when Mornington Golf Club ‘discovered’ a pocket of uncleared land on one corner of the course, they decided it just might be the perfect opportunity to give the membership […]

December 2017 Golf Demo Days

December 2017 Golf Demo Days

The latest Demo Date Listings for December 2017, is now online, featuring the latest Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

Girls just want to have fun

Girls just want to have fun

Over many years, I have argued at length in this column that clubs, members and committees need to ‘wake up’ and take dramatic, swift action to change their mindsets from the old, traditional models into a new way of thinking. Recently, it seems that many clubs out there have been listening to and/or following these […]

Armidale junior hits the ‘Big Time’ in the ‘Big Apple’

Armidale junior hits the ‘Big Time’ in the ‘Big Apple’

5 year old Isaac Riches is soon to start kindergarten, but that didn’t stop him from hopping on a plane to New York City, go on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and get inside the ropes with his buddy, Jason Day, at the Presidents Cup. Previously invited to Orlando, Florida by Fallon’s producers when […]

PGF Status SP1 golf clubs

PGF Status SP1 golf clubs

For 85 years PGF has led the way with world-leading golf club design. Today PGF remains committed to helping golfers of all levels improve their game with equipment that pushes the boundaries of design and technology to take your game to another level. The launch of the Status SP1 range represents PGF’s complete solution for […]

Demo Dates: November 2017

Demo Dates: November 2017

The latest Demo Date Listings for November 2017, is now online, featuring the latest Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

Has Australian Golf gone out of bounds?

Has Australian Golf gone out of bounds?

Over the last few months, I’ve received an increasing number of emails/letters from disgruntled readers, denouncing our governing body, Golf Australia, for a variety of reasons (see this month’s Your Voice for just a sample of the many opinions I’ve received lately.) There’s no doubt that you, the readers, feel that golf in this country […]

Demo Dates: October 2017

Demo Dates: October 2017

The latest Demo Date Listings for October 2017, is now online, featuring the latest Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

Curlewis on par and potent

Curlewis on par and potent

To say that Curlewis Golf Club has the Australian golf fraternity in an excitable spin is an understatement.   Touted as the fastest-growing golf club in Australia, Curlewis has recently catapulted up the ladder to become one of Australia’s Top-50 Public Access courses. In an unprecedented move in the club’s history, Curlewis recently announced the imminent […]

Beat the Pro – every week

Beat the Pro – every week

A few readers have alerted me to a situation that is slowly trickling through clubland. It seems that a growing number of clubs are beginning to allow professionals to play in club events like the weekly members’ competition and even Club Championships. That’s right, we are now being asked to compete against the professionals in […]

Demo Days – September 2017

Demo Days – September 2017

The latest Demo Date Listings for September 2017, is now online, featuring the latest Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at a golf club near you! Tweet

Film review: Tommy’s Honour

Film review: Tommy’s Honour

Just in time for Father’s Day in Australia comes a powerful “Father and Son” film which will tick many boxes for golfers (and even their non-golfing partners). Quality films featuring golf are few and far between. Apart from the classic zany films like Caddyshack, Happy Gilmore, Tin Cup and others of that genre, there haven’t […]

Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods

We’ve received a few letters lately regarding the media’s poor treatment of Tiger Woods and his recent troubles (see this month’s Your Say page for a sample). Readers may have noticed our lack of “coverage” regarding Tiger’s woes over the past few years. This has been a conscientious decision. We have always preferred to take […]

Yering Meadows placed into administration

Yering Meadows placed into administration

After years of declining member numbers and financial struggles, Melbourne’s Yering Meadows Golf Club has been placed into administration. In a recent letter to members, the Board noted that a disappointing membership subscription renewal period (the club currently has only 621 members across all playing categories) has meant the Club would be unable to meet […]

State to state, a slippery slope

State to state, a slippery slope

A few issues back, I raised some points about the Slope System and handicap indexing. To summarise, I proposed that, instead of using the current (and potentially outdated) American Slope system to determine the relative difficulty of courses here in Australia, we instead turn to the real-world statistical data of rounds played at each course. […]

Vines introduces credit-based memberships

Vines introduces credit-based memberships

The Vines Golf and Country Club in Western Australia has introduced a new, modern and progressive Golf Membership structure; a credit-based Membership across all categories. It is designed to allow greater flexibility for players to suit their current lifestyle, commitments and financial ability, providing three tailor-made options, utilizing the popular credit based system, already adopted […]

Junior News for June

Junior News for June

Speechley, Wikana shine in NSW YET another in the long line of champion young golfers to come out of New South Wales surfaced in last month’s Jack Newton Junior Golf NSW All Schools Junior Championship played at the Forster-Tuncurry Golf Club on the North Coast of the state. At just 12-years of age Castle Hill […]

Behind the scenes at PING Headquarters, Arizona

Behind the scenes at PING Headquarters, Arizona

What do you do when the putts just don’t drop? Get a lesson? Change putters? Well, for Karsten  Solheim, neither option was sufficient. Instead, he simply invented his own putter and, without knowing it, launched an international golf powerhouse in the process. It all started back in 1959 in Redwood City, California. Solheim – an […]

Share your (COVER) story

Share your (COVER) story

One of the things I love most about the game of golf is the amazing variety of people that I meet on the course, and the fascinating, inspirational stories that they share. Just like snowflakes, no two golfers’ stories are the same; each one has its own unique character and style. Indeed, the golf course […]

Historic win for Kim at The Players Championship

Historic win for Kim at The Players Championship

South Korea’s Si Woo Kim played the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship like the veteran that he is. Yet in only his second PLAYERS Championship, Kim, who began the final round trailing the leaders by two shots, took the lead late on the front nine at TPC Sawgrass and then methodically worked his way […]

Fox Sports to launch dedicated Players Championship channel

Fox Sports to launch dedicated Players Championship channel

The best golfers in the world, including defending champion Jason Day, will descend on TPC Sawgrass in Florida from next Friday (May 12) to contest The Players Championship. FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507) will become the home of golf’s unofficial fifth major from Monday (May 8), when FOX SPORTS’ dedicated 24/7 pop up channel switches […]

Rewriting the Rule Book

Rewriting the Rule Book

By now you will have heard that the USGA and the R&A are conducting a major revamp/simplification of the Rules of Golf. In a refreshing twist, the USGA and R&A are, amazingly, asking for feedback/suggestions from golfers regarding the rules. And while I’m under no illusion that the USGA or R&A are truly open to […]

Club of the month: Cranbourne Golf Club

Club of the month: Cranbourne Golf Club

When you think of golf along the spectacular Melbourne Sandbelt, the usual “famous” clubs will immediately spring to mind, with names like Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath and the like taking top billing.  Known for their pristine conditioning, strategic layouts and awe-inspiring beauty, the courses in this region represent the very best that Australia has to […]

March 2017 Golf Demo Days

March 2017 Golf Demo Days

Going to an Australian Golf Demo Day is a great way to test out new golf equipment like Drivers, Irons Wedges and Hybrids (Click here to read tips about attending a Golf Demo Day). There is no better way to test the feel of a golf club, or watch the actual ball flight, etc. Plus, […]

Kirkman new CEO for PGA of Australia

Kirkman new CEO for PGA of Australia

  The PGA of Australia announced today that Gavin Kirkman has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Peter O’Malley, Chairman of the PGA Board highlighted this appointment as particularly noteworthy as Gavin Kirkman comes from within golfing’s and the organisation’s ranks. Gavin is a long serving PGA employee having been CEO of PGA Queensland from 2002 […]

Hot under the collar

Hot under the collar

Last month’s column about mobile phones in the clubhouse unleashed a multitude of reader responses. Dozens of you wrote in, overwhelmingly supporting my point that electronic devices in the clubhouse were simply a sign of the times, and that clubs need to embrace that fact. The column also generated a bunch of letters on related […]

No, you can’t (yes, you can!)

No, you can’t (yes, you can!)

Recently, I was enjoying a coffee in the/bar lounge at a local club, getting ready for an afternoon meeting. The room was empty, apart from another guest who was tucked away in a corner, reading a newspaper. As I sat there quietly, passing the time by reading a news story on my iPhone, a member […]

Brett Coletta turns professional 

Brett Coletta turns professional 

Brett Coletta, one of Australian golf’s hottest prospects, is turning professional. Coletta will join the paid ranks at next week’s Singapore Open (January 19-22) and soon afterwards try his hand on the US PGA Tour. The 20-year-old Melburnian is changing status after reaching a career-high No.7 in the world amateur rankings but, more importantly for […]

Three holes-in-one on the same hole on the same day

Three holes-in-one on the same hole on the same day

Holes-in-one are a rare occurrence for a golfer. The probability of making a hole-in-one for an average player is roughly 12,500-to-1. The chances of two people getting an Ace on the same hole on the same day are in the 17 million-to-1 range. Add in a third person, hitting from the same tees and the statistics […]

Respected NSW journalist and editor Michael Court joins Inside Golf

Respected NSW journalist and editor Michael Court joins Inside Golf

Inside Golf is proud to announce that respected Australian journalist and editor Michael Court has joined the team as Staff Contributor for the NSW and ACT region. Court brings a wealth of golf knowledge and a strong media background to the Inside Golf team, with past positions including Sports Editor of Sydney Daily Mirror, NSW […]

Bubba goes bold with Volvik

Bubba goes bold with Volvik

Bubba Watson made history last week, becoming the first player to put a pink-coloured golf ball into play in PGA TOUR history. Watson, who is no stranger to making bold, colourful choices on the course (he is known for playing a pink PING driver),  debuted his colourful Volvik S4 golf ball at last month’s SBS […]

Seniors subdue the subsidy snafu

Seniors subdue the subsidy snafu

Most clubs across Australia will have, in one form or another, a membership category or subsidy in place to cater to Senior Members. Designed to reward long-term loyalty (and reduce the financial strain on older members), this can take the form of a greatly discounted rate for members over a certain age, who have been […]