Category: Features

Roger Cleveland with Harris English

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
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
RACV Royal Pines is undergoing a major facelift to become a stronger and more exciting tournament layout

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
Scott Wagstaff

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
Nerida Wilson, Cairn GC's first woman president

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
Steven Jeffress

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
Ernie Els (Photo courtesy of TaylorMade/Adams)

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
Growing women's golf is an important step by Golf Australia

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
Marc Leishman at this summer's Australian PGA Championship. (Photo: Jason O'Brien)

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’ designer Graeme Grant with the planned signature 125 metre par-3 4th behind him

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
Miguel Angel Jimenez at Royal Melbourne during the World Cup

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
Kangaroos are a major tourist attraction at Anglesea Golf Club, says general manager Rachel Kane

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
Scott Gardiner

The future looks rosy for Gardiner

Following a decade of grinding it out in the Nationwide/ 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 Alison

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
Wayne Perske

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
Scott, Day top the majors

Scott, Day top the majors

AUSTRALIANS Adam Scott and Jason Day are top of the pops following the completion of this year’s fourth major.

After 16 major rounds, the Queenslanders finished on a total of 1134 – two-over par – for the joint honour of lowest score in the majors.

August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Stacy Lewis wins Women’s British Open

Stacy Lewis wins Women’s British Open

American Stacy Lewis closed with a pair of birdies on The Old Course at St Andrews and earned her second major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Chook Fowler

Chook Fowler still pecking away with the world’s best

Back in 1983 when a young blond-haired Peter Fowler won the Australian Open and set out on an international career, he probably figured 30 years later he would be sitting in front of the fireplace wearing slippers and telling his grandkids how good he once was.

Not in the case of Fowler. The 54-year-old veteran is currently putting the slipper into the backsides of the best European Senior Tour Players and pocketing some serious Euros as a result.

August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
With eight Top-25 finishes this season on the Tour, Mat Goggin has his sights set on returning to the big time in 2014.

Goggin’s best is still ahead

With a potential return to the PGA TOUR in the cards, as well as a world-class golf course development in the making, Mat Goggin’s future is looking bright.

July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Vikki Wrigley

Let’s talk golf, says Vikki

IT wasn’t hard to figure out what Vikki Wrigley (nee Tutt) was going to do with her life.

Vikki is hewn from golfing stock, her father Peter Tutt was the golf professional at Newcastle’s Waratah Golf Club, her brother Trevor was a trainee professional so it was inevitable she would pursue a golf career.

July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More
THIS WAY: Strathfield general manager Neil Hardy is tackling the club’s challenges head-on.

Neil goes in to bat for Strathfield

COLOURFUL is just one of the words used to describe the working life of Strathfield Golf Club general manager Neil Hardy. Other words that come to mind include exciting, intoxicating, fun, stressful, hectic and testing. It started when he left school to work the floor of the stock exchange during the exciting Poseidon nickel boom [...]

July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More
"Be there when the (new) tradition continues!" Borrowing from his successful tagline that helped drive success at the original Australian Masters, Frank Williams hopes that the new Rush Challenge will develop into a traditional event that attracts amateurs and professionals from across Australia.

Williams returns for The Rush Golf Challenge

Frank Williams needs little introduction in Australian golfing circles. As co-founder of the Australian Masters golf tournament, business manager to Greg Norman/Great White Shark Enterprises, Director at the ALPG and a raft of entrepreneurial endeavours, it can certainly be said that this man knows his golf. So when Williams announced that he was coming out of retirement to launch an exciting, brand-new event in Australian golf, the industry stood up and took notice.

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Steven Jeffress: My week at The Open Championship

Steven Jeffress: My week at The Open Championship

The Open Championship is very close and after many months of preparation, my first Major Championship has arrived. Therefore, I thought I would provide an overview of my preparation as we countdown to the D-Day. Hopefully this gives the average golfer an idea as to the life of a golf professional living the dream and [...]

July 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Prepping for the Open Championship

Prepping for the Open Championship

In late January I played in one of the International Qualifying events for the Open Championship—or as some know it the British Open—and I was lucky enough to finish 2nd over the 36 holes with rounds of 68, 67 at Kingston Heath Golf Club to earn my ticket to the oldest championship of all. Well, [...]

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Scott Proctor

Managing WA’s Meadow Springs

SCOTT Proctor has been at the helm of Meadows Springs Golf and Country Club for five years and his hospitality background, hard work, common sense and a hands-on approach is working wonders.

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Top teaching pro keeps it simple

Top teaching pro keeps it simple

THE decision to drop out of university and pursue a career in golf has paid dividends for Matt Cleverdon after he was named Victorian Teaching Professional of the Year.

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Jessica Speechley

Loneliness tests Jessica’s resolve

PROFESSIONAL golfers say golf can be a lonely sport, but many rookie professionals are left feeling forlorn when playing in a foreign country. Young Perth-born professional Jessica Speechley, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour, is one of those players.

July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Steven Jeffress

Tour Talk: the (not so) glamorous life of travelling overseas

Hailing from Port Macquarie Golf Club where he completed his PGA Traineeship, Steven Jeffress has become a prolific Pro-Am winner with more than 30 victories to his name. Starting this month, he will be providing a behind-the-scenes look at ‘life of tour’, both here in Australia and abroad. Jeffress’ maiden victory came in the 2006 [...]

June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Kel Nagle (left) with good friend and golfing great Peter Thomson

Kel Nagle: the popular champion

UNASSUMING and modest, Kel Nagle easily masks his significant golfing deeds. “It’s been a nice journey,” is how this quiet, humble man sums up his stellar career, which includes winning the centenary Open Championship at St Andrews. Still, Kel has an astonishing recall for tournaments he played in more than 50 years ago. He can [...]

June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Adam Scott was known to play a prank or two in his youth

Adam Scott: creature of habit

OLD habits are hard to break – especially when you’re Adam Scott. The 32-year-old with movie star good looks is rightly Australia’s pin-up boy after winning the US Masters, but when he attended Kooralbyn International School in the late 1990s he wasn’t shown any special favours, according to former classmate Henry Epstein. Scott, like most [...]

June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Matthew Griffin (Paul Lakatos/OneAsia)

Griffin gearing up for Aussie gold

Victorian pro Matt Griffin’s time on the OneAsia tour has taught him that playing – let alone winning – in Korea can be a harrowing task. Simply having enough golf balls to hit on the practice range is considered a luxury at Korean events where locals perennially dominate leaderboards.

June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Playing Merion Golf Club is both an enjoyable and terrifying experience

US Open Preview: Merion Golf Club

Finding Merion’s fairways at this month’s US Open will be akin to threading the eye of a needle.

I witnessed US Open preparations first-hand a year ago when I made the two-hour trip south from New York City to Ardmore, Pennsylvania to play the club’s famous East Course

June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Brett Rumford (Picture by Paul Lakatos/OneAsia)

Brett Rumford: cracking the code to success

Buoyed by a new caddie, a new self-belief and inspiration by Adam Scott’s recent victory at The Masters, Perth’s Brett Rumford has recently rediscovered his form, and is now setting his sights on cracking the world top-50. Following his dramatic back-to-back wins in Asia, Inside Golf was one of Australia’s first golf publications to chat with our newest golfing hero.

May 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced that the handicap anchor will rise from four strokes to five strokes this month. In a letter to clubs last month, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins outlined the reason for the change, noting the ‘seasonality’ of handicaps . “Under our current handicap system, handicaps in Australia are notably seasonal. On average, [...]

May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Su Hyun Oh

Oh so talented

Su Hyun Oh tweets an early morning photo of a vacant chipping green at Metropolitan Golf Club with the caption “entire green to myself!” The 16-year-old amateur has both a handle on the ever-advancing digital space and a genuine love for the game she has played since the age of nine. I stand beside her [...]

May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The NSW Mid-North Coast

The NSW Mid-North Coast

In terms of scenic beauty, the Mid-North Coast and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales are unsurpassed. And when it comes to golf, this stretch of NSW manages to combine the attraction of a resort golf destination with the charm of friendly local clubs.

February 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Looking back on the 12th hole from the elevated 13th tee at Marysville

Marysville rises from the ashes

Driving down the main street of the tiny Victorian town of Marysville is a slightly surreal experience these days, not for what you see (for the view is truly beautiful), but rather for what you DON’T see. For a town that lost nearly all of its buildings to the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, one would expect to see charred trees, blackened bushes or frames of burned-down buildings. But you’d be hard-pressed to see any of that now.

November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
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