Category: Features

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

AS a nightclub bouncer, prison officer and pub manager, Aaron Muirhead knew a thing or two about keeping people in check. But having spent close to a decade in irksome jobs he decided to change careers and now works as the general manager at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. The prison system and the pub […]

August 28, 2014 More
Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

Whatever happened to … Ian Hepburn

REMEMBER Ian Hepburn? Most probably will as he spent close to 20 years working in management positions at club level and with golf’s governing bodies – Golf Queensland and the PGA (Queensland). Between 1989-’95, Ian was the trainee and then assistant manager at Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane before joining the Queensland Golf Union (Golf […]

August 28, 2014 More
PGA Member Profile - Gavin Campbell

PGA Member Profile – Gavin Campbell

Ramsay McMaster Education Scholarship winner Gavin Campbell knows the benefits of hard work – and the joyous feeling of helping his clients achieve their best.   At 15 years of age, well past what might be considered the ‘industry norm’, Gavin Campbell quite literally stumbled into golf for the first time. “Like most kids back […]

August 28, 2014 More
Golf’s a way of life, says Jean Thomas

Golf’s a way of life, says Jean Thomas

THERE is a real genuineness in Jean Thomas’ voice when she talks about her 47-year love affair with golf. “It started in July 1967,” the Redcliffe Golf Club stalwart said. “I was a 23-year-old school teacher when a staff member asked me if I wanted to join the golf club. “I said I’d have a […]

August 27, 2014 More
WHAT'S THE RULE: GPS Apps on Smartphones

WHAT’S THE RULE: GPS Apps on Smartphones

In 2006, golf’s rules makers allowed the use of distance measuring devices in competition golf when a Local Rule is in effect. The Local Rule must provide that “… a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that […]

August 26, 2014 More
Jones' Journey: Matt and Melissa Jones discuss the daily grind of a PGA Tour pro

Jones’ Journey: Matt and Melissa Jones discuss the daily grind of a PGA Tour pro

At long last Matt Jones can relax a bit. After leaving his home in Sydney at age 18 to pursue college and pro golf in America the 34-year-old’s hard work is fully paying off. In this year filled with Aussie victories on the US PGA Tour Jones’ breakthrough win in Houston easily takes the cake […]

August 8, 2014 More
Senden has a Major on his mind

Senden has a Major on his mind

JOHN Senden, one of the best less-heralded golfers in the world, believes he has what it takes to win a major championship despite being on the wrong side of 40. Many commentators and aficionados opine that professional golf is a younger person’s game. Still, Senden, who is 43, says age is just a number. Perhaps […]

August 7, 2014 More
PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

PGA Championship Preview, Tee Times

OFTENTIMES logic goes out the window when trying to pick a winner of the year’s final major – the US PGA Championship. Still, if you listen to logic then Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy are the players of choice. In June, Kaymer captured the US Open and a month earlier won the […]

August 4, 2014 More
Shark-itecture: Greg Norman on building a golf course from the ground up

Shark-itecture: Greg Norman on building a golf course from the ground up

With two Open Championship titles, 91 professional victories, 20 US PGA Tour Titles and 30 Top-10 finishes in major championships, Greg Norman is certainly no stranger to success. But for a man who spent 331 weeks as the number-one-ranked player in the world, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and who was […]

July 31, 2014 More
Nikki Campbell runner-up in European Masters

Nikki Campbell runner-up in European Masters

Australian Nikki Campbell finished runner up to South Korean I.K Kim at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in England overnight. The Rolex World No. 24, Kim, cruise to a five shot victory at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club finishing at 18-under-par. Four birdies on the front nine in a round of 68 saw the 26-year-old […]

July 7, 2014 More
Ladies leading by example

Ladies leading by example

What a year 2014 has been so far for our guys on the PGA Tour! Five individual winners, currently 4 Australians in the top 35 of the Fedex Cup Standings, and of course to top it off Adam Scott has become the first Australian become the No. 1 golfer on the planet since Greg Norman […]

July 4, 2014 More
‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

‘Major’ Monty still beat himself up

BY winning the recent Senior PGA Championship, Scot Colin Montgomerie has finally put to bed the “one of the best players never to win a major” tag. Okay, it’s not a major on the regular tour but that’s not stopping the 51-year-old claiming it as a major breakthrough. “I’m a major champion and will treat […]

July 4, 2014 More
Open Championship Preview: Close, but no cigar for...

Open Championship Preview: Close, but no cigar for…

There is a long list of players destined never to win the Open Championship. A number of Australians are among the players denied by human error or a cruel twist of fate, writes DAVID NEWBERY IN 2012, Adam Scott lost the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes. In the first round, Adam fired […]

July 1, 2014 More
Open Championship preview:  Reflections on Royal Liverpool

Open Championship preview: Reflections on Royal Liverpool

We chat with Major Champions Peter Thomson and Gary Player about their memories of Royal Liverpool, and see what’s in store for the Aussies in the field at Hoylake this month. The 2014 Open Championship returns to Hoylake – Royal Liverpool Golf Club – a club steeped in history. The club hosted the inaugural Men’s […]

July 1, 2014 More
Spotlight on Ashgrove volunteers

Spotlight on Ashgrove volunteers

EVERY Wednesday morning, a 30-strong band of faithful Ashgrove Golf Club members turn up to do voluntary work around their beloved golf course. For all of them, it’s a labour of love. Some volunteers are rookies while others like 84-year-old Col Welch have been chipping in for decades. “I have been volunteering at the club […]

July 1, 2014 More
GM Matt Day goes public

GM Matt Day goes public

COULD more dialogue between the game’s governing bodies and public golf course operators be a solution to growing the game? It’s a view put forward by Matt Day. The general manager of Perth’s Wembley Golf Course says the attitude towards public golf courses needs addressing and sees an opportunity for Golf Australia and the PGA […]

June 27, 2014 More
Making quick work of slow play (from the inside and out)

Making quick work of slow play (from the inside and out)

Slow play has become a major issue in the golfing industry, and it represents a significant threat to the long-term health of the game.  With five-hour rounds becoming the norm, golfers are abandoning the game in droves, and new players are hesitant to start out. This month, we present a complete “Inside and Out” strategy […]

June 25, 2014 More
US Open dilemma for leaders

US Open dilemma for leaders

SATURDAY is moving day for professional golfers at tournaments around the world. Well, it is for those who make the cut. The 114th US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina from June 12-15 is no different. Those who do play on the weekend will want to be there or thereabouts going into the […]

June 5, 2014 More
US Open Preview

US Open Preview

Apply a simple word association to the following phrase: ‘US Open’ and what is it that immediately springs to mind? Any shortlist of responses will no doubt include the word ‘rough’, perhaps ‘thick’ rough. Images of corridor-width fairways, callisthenic manoeuvres from the world’s best to advance a ball from rough no further than they could […]

June 5, 2014 More
The 'Next Generation' of women golfers

The ‘Next Generation’ of women golfers

As Golf Australia and the PGA announce the roll out their new MyGolf initiative, the ALPG has been busy with our own project in identifying and nurturing our stars of the future. The ALPG ActewAGL Next Generation Club was launched last year and in January 2014 the inaugural ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp was held […]

May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
We chat with Roger Cleveland

We chat with Roger Cleveland

He loves Australian golf, just helped to launch the new Big Bertha, and has been a staple of the golf industry for over 25 years. Roger Cleveland recently sat down with Inside Golf to discuss his club designs with industry super-power Callaway. The Big Bertha is back. What prompted that? Well, we have two new […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
ON TOUR WITH: Nathan Holman

ON TOUR WITH: Nathan Holman

Having secured his Asian Tour card in his first attempt at the Qualifying School in Thailand, young Aussie Nathan Holman talks about the challenges he faces moving forward. What made you want to play on the Asian Tour? I’ve had some great experiences playing in Asia and I know there are a lot of great […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

When the tournament marshals surrounding the 18th green on the final day of the recent Volvik RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast raised their “Quiet Please” signs for silence as Cheyenne Woods completed her significant victory in the event, it might well be the last time in the immediate future that […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
GM Scott rules where sharks lurk

GM Scott rules where sharks lurk

BEING a golf club manager and a rules expert can be equally challenging, says Scott Wagstaff. Scott is the general manager at Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane’s southeast and each year acts as a rules official at the Australian Open so he should know. The 37-year-old, known as the Shark Whisperer by some of his […]

March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

CAIRNS Golf Club’s past president Paul Chirio says the Tropical North Queensland club is in safe hands following the appointment of Nerida Wilson as the club’s first woman president in its 90-year history. “The club has had its financial challenges in recent years, but with Nerida at the helm, and with a new board, we […]

March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments More
A strong year ahead

A strong year ahead

2014 started with a nice change to the last 12 months, after having a break from the game not touching a club and merely just relaxing with family and friends. It’s always difficult working my way back into practicing, which I mostly do at the beautiful Southport Golf Club, on the Gold Coast. Most of […]

March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Major Ambition: A new lease of life for Ernie Els

Major Ambition: A new lease of life for Ernie Els

Ernie Els is in a buoyant mood as he looks ahead to the 2014 Masters. At 44, the four-time major champion is in the twilight of his career but after a top four finish at the US Open last year, he’s shown that he’s still a contender for golf’s biggest crowns. It’s been quite a […]

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment More
On the Marc: Leishman aims for success

On the Marc: Leishman aims for success

With a fourth-place finish at last year’s US Masters, and a solid fifth at last month’s Sony Open, Australia’s Marc Leishman is bringing some top form into his 2014 PGA Tour campaign. We sat down with the big-hitting Victorian to discuss life on tour, the Majors and his career.   What do you enjoy most […]

February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Urban Golf taking it to the streets

Urban Golf taking it to the streets

Golf has gone off the fairways and onto the streets of Adelaide in one of Golf SA’s biggest-ever drives to promote the sport. Golf SA held its first-ever Playgolf WEEK in November with ‘Urban Golf’ featuring as a major highlight. Adelaide’s CBD was given a facelift with a seven-hole golf course breathing new life into […]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Meet 'The Mechanic', Miguel Angel Jimenez

Meet ‘The Mechanic’, Miguel Angel Jimenez

The World Cup of Golf’s staging over the famed Composite Course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club will be a colourful affair, they always are. Sixty players representing thirty different and culturally diverse nations will congregate from all corners of the globe for the 58th edition of the Cup, where the ‘defenders’ will be the United […]

November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
GM Rachel flies flag at Anglesea

GM Rachel flies flag at Anglesea

ANGLESEA Golf Club general manager Rachel Kane lives in the heart of Geelong footy territory and many of the club’s members are Cats fans, but that hasn’t stopped her splashing Hawthorn memorabilia around her office following the Hawks grand final victory. “You should see my office window, it has flags, posters and scarves in it,” […]

November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The future looks rosy for Gardiner

The future looks rosy for Gardiner

Following a decade of grinding it out in the Nationwide/Web.com Tour, Australia’s Scott Gardiner now stands tall as a full card-carrying member of the US PGA Tour. Inside Golf’s Garrett Johnston sat down with the Liverpool native to discuss his rookie season thus far, and the exciting times ahead.

September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Cherie did entertain the thought

Cherie did entertain the thought

WHEN Cherie Alison (nee Byrnes) is asked what possessed her to quit her club professional’s job on beautiful Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays, she provides an easy answer. “It was a good lifestyle, but living on an island has a certain lifespan,” says Cherie, who is the golf operations manager and club professional at Port […]

September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Escaping the rough - when pros struggle on tour

Escaping the rough – when pros struggle on tour

As fans of the game we often look to the headlines and leaderboards during the big tournaments to see what will happen next in golf. Who will win this Sunday? Will Tiger get closer to Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors? Will Jason Day capture his first major championship? How many more majors will Phil Mickelson win […]

September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Perske’s back and on a mission

Perske’s back and on a mission

PROFESSIONAL golfer Wayne Perske is the happiest he’s been for a long time and that could spell trouble for his counterparts as he goes about resurrecting his career. The former Japan Golf Tour winner is back in the game as a full-time player after more than two years on the sidelines and is on a […]

September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Karrie Webb

Who’s the greatest: Spider, Shark or Thommo?

Who is Australia’s greatest ever golfer – male or female? Those who measure greatness by the number of major wins will say Karrie “Spider” Webb (7 wins) is Australia’s greatest golfer followed by the legendary Peter “Thommo” Thomson (5) and Greg “The Shark” Norman. There are many firmly in the Webb camp. They believe the honour should be judged on major victories alone.
However, there are strong arguments in favour of the Thomson and iconic and charismatic Norman.

August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment More
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