Club of the Month: Rich River Golf Club

Club of the Month: Rich River Golf Club

Rich River Golf Club is situated within the beautiful Murray River region of Echuca-Moama. Less than 3 hours from Melbourne, this popular historic town was voted number 35 amongst the top 100 towns to visit in Australia. Rich River Golf Club features two very impressive 18-hole championship courses, the East and the West. They’ve been developed […]

New Ranfurlie range opens doors

New Ranfurlie range opens doors

The Ranfurlie Golf Club opened its brand-new, state-of-the-art Driving Range to much fanfare last month. Inside Golf was at the launch, which included a live broadcast by SEN Radio, a DJ churning out tunes to a large crowd, prize giveaways, food, and plenty of excitement by local golfers of all ages and abilities. The range, […]

Let’s hear it for the girls

Let’s hear it for the girls

Last month, Golf Australia announced that they plan to focus heavily on what many consider to be golf’s greatest imbalance – female participation.  GA’s “Vision 2025: The future of women and girls in golf” plan (see story on page 6) is aimed to get more women playing this great game, by improving the culture at […]

Your Murray River Magic adventure awaits

Your Murray River Magic adventure awaits

If you’re looking for a unique adventure that combines fantastic golf with the calm and relaxing character of houseboating, then Golf & Gourmet’s Murray River Magic might be just the ticket for you. Golf & Gourmet Founder and Principal, Fred Sparksman, a 48-year tourism industry veteran, launched Murray River Magic five years ago and has […]

Cobra KING F8 Driver

Cobra KING F8 Driver

The KING F8 driver (RRP $599) features an oversized address profile that increases MOI and provides more distance, forgiveness and speed on off-centre hits. An adjustable weight system offers two Centre of Gravity (CG) settings: one in the back for a higher, towering ball flight and one in the heel to provide additional draw bias. […]

March 2018 Demo Days

March 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

Callaway goes ‘Bold’ with new Superhot Bold Golf Balls

Callaway goes ‘Bold’ with new Superhot Bold Golf Balls

Callaway has unveiled three colourful additions to its golf ball family, with the launch of Superhot Bold Golf Balls. Callaway has taken the success of its super long, super straight Superhot Golf Ball and introduced three on-trend matte finishes to ensure golfers can add some colour to their game, without compromising on-course performance. In addition […]

When faster isn’t better

When faster isn’t better

  Anyone who has played golf with me knows that I’m a fan of playing quickly. My regular foursome, when unencumbered by slow groups ahead of us, can easily finish our round in roughly three hours and 45 minutes.  A quick round is a fun round. So you’ll understand my frustration when, last month, I […]

We Tried It: Mizuno ST180 Driver

We Tried It: Mizuno ST180 Driver

Many regular Inside Golf readers will recall a “We Tried It” article that I wrote over a year ago, reviewing the Mizuno JPX 900 driver. In that review, I exclaimed: “We’ve tried many drivers and woods over the years, but the Mizuno JPX900 may very well be one of the best!” You may also recall […]

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 […]