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Playing by the (relaxed) rules

Playing by the (relaxed) rules

Recently, there has been a huge surge in the media about new, non-traditional formats of golf. From Big Hole/Hack Golf (which features 15-inch cups) to Light It Up Golf (playing with glow-in-the-dark balls) to Project Flogton (a set of “improved playability” guidelines and rules), to suggestions about 6-hole layouts, etc., it seems that this great […]

Failing to plan/planning to fail

Failing to plan/planning to fail

THIS month, there are two key articles to which every golf club and Board should pay close attention. The first, “Report: major challenges ahead for clubs“, details the participation trends of today’s golfer. The second article, “Changing landscapes: courses on the move“ explores how some clubs are planning (or failing) to adapt to these trends. […]

Kodak or Fuji?

Kodak or Fuji?

The typewriter. Foldable maps.  The Yellow Pages. Film.  Inkwells.  Cassettes. Rotary telephones. Phonebooths. Fax machines. Cathode Ray Tubes. Pagers. Dot Matrix printers.  Vinyl records… Many of our readers will instantly recognise the items listed above. You may have even used them. At one point, each of these household items represented the cutting edge of technology […]

A mixed (Golf) blessing

A mixed (Golf) blessing

Last month, we reported on Golf Australia’s plans to boost women’s participation in golf via radically overhauling women’s dress codes and potentially bringing an end to the traditional men’s-only Saturday competitions, etc. While many of you responded with positive feedback about the plans, there were a few of you who weren’t terribly impressed—especially regarding the […]

Peering through the window (dressing)

Peering through the window (dressing)

Following on from my “Augusta Effect” article (October issue), I heard a story the other day from a mate who had played a relatively new-ish course that was featured as part of a larger real estate development. “The course was nice,” he said, “but the rough was crazy deep. Unplayably deep.” While this was not […]

This year, WE resolve to…

This year, WE resolve to…

For many people around the world, New Year’s Resolutions are usually broken within days (if not minutes) of them being made. This is usually due to the fact that we either set too difficult a goal to achieve, or we don’t really commit to it in the first place. However, this year will be different. […]

Are Superclubs the way forward?

Are Superclubs the way forward?

With the recent announcement of the merger between Kingswood and Peninsula golf clubs—two of Melbourne’s prominent Sandbelt facilities—more clubs across the country are discovering that they are not immune to the issues and obstacles threatening golf in Australia. Mergers and amalgamation are part of any business in any economy, so why would your golf club […]

Peering into the crystal (golf) ball

Peering into the crystal (golf) ball

When I started as a humble contributor for this magazine back in 2006 (Issue 16 of Inside Social Golf), I never dreamed that I would one day be sitting at the editor’s desk, publishing the 100th issue.   Looking back over the years (and flicking through past issues) I have many great memories connected to […]

The Augusta Effect

The Augusta Effect

IN September’s “Last Word” column, our own Larry Canning penned a light-hearted piece about how course Superintendents are making their courses harder and harder, and how this potentially makes golf less enjoyable for the masses, thus hurting the overall goal of getting more people into the game. While plenty of golfers from across Australia wrote […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The 2013 Masters will go down in Australian golf folklore as probably one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking, fist-pumping , heart-thumping, take-your-breath-away, get-the-monkey-off-our-backs  golf tournaments in the history of our sport. For the rest of the world, however, it may be more remembered for a pair of incidents that may have irreparably changed the game. […]

Women and children first

Women and children first

I received a phone call the other day from a very frustrated junior golfer. “Why do members hate us juniors so much?” he asked. I was taken aback for a moment, as I pondered this rather unexpected question. It turns out that the club where he recently took up a junior membership had begun restricting […]

No Silver Lining: when your best isn’t good enough

No Silver Lining: when your best isn’t good enough

What is it with the media these days? Following Adam Scott’s unfortunate performance at The Open Championship, words like “Choke” and “Collapse” rushed to the fore throughout the media, with overdramatic journalists dredging up stories about Greg Norman’s 1996 Masters, or Jean Van de Veld’s 1999 Open Championship, or the other “greatest chokes in history” […]

Getting your club on “board”

Getting your club on “board”

Boards are the sole responsibility for the viability of clubs. Plain and simple. And getting the right people onto the Board is critical to success. In a perfect world, a Board would be composed of a diverse group of individuals who (among other things) share a strategic vision for the club, and who have the necessary skills, background, time and passion to perform their duties.

Unfortunately, that is not always possible.

Knicker(bockers) in a knot: The ‘Attire’ debate on the golf course

Knicker(bockers) in a knot: The ‘Attire’ debate on the golf course

In the continuing struggle to retain members, and attract the ever-important junior contingent, some clubs are beginning to relax the traditional dress codes. White socks and collared shirts still reign supreme, but it seems that more clubs are starting to “turn a blind eye” to the more creatively-attired players these days. It’s a neon-coloured grey area.

Does Australia have too many golf courses?

Does Australia have too many golf courses?

While Australia has the third highest number of golf courses per capita in the world, many in the Australian golf industry believe strongly that there are simply too many golf courses to go around, and that consolidation is the key. This means that some courses will be forced to close their doors permanently or amalgamate with neighbouring clubs.

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