Tell us briefly about the history of MGI. I started the business in September, 1993 from home. What motivated me was necessity, as I had two children in school and needed to earn a good income to provide for them. The electric buggy business was small in Australia and historically, retailers did not stock electric […]
I arrived at my hotel in beautiful Queenstown about 5pm, on the eve of the New Zealand Open which was being played at The Hills and Milbrook golf courses. This was always going to be a tough week, for a couple of reasons. Firstly I had just come from two awesome weeks in the States, […]
HEADLAND Golf Club general manager Ben Dobson has returned from his fact-finding mission to Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club armed with a plethora of good ideas. Dobson, who has been at the helm at Headland for seven years, spent three valuable days at Kingston Heath shadowing general manager Gregg Chapple. There, he was able to […]
IF golf course superintendent Phil Soegaard had a magic wand he would use it to predict the weather. Mother Nature, he says, is a superintendent’s biggest challenge. Of course, the weather is just of one the many challenges a superintendent faces in the day-to-day management of a golf course members expect to be in pristine […]
GOLF is not a team sport, but if you want to be a successful player you need to surround yourself with a team, says two-time US PGA Tour winner John Senden. The former Australian Open champion told Inside Golf he was able to reach the highest level (US PGA Tour) because he surrounded himself with […]
The last month has been very busy. I started my tournament year with the Victorian Open at 13th Beach where I played solid and finished tied 25th. I would like to take this chance to say thank you to Rex and Izzy for their hospitality whilst putting me up for the week. I then headed […]
IAN Cottle, general manager of Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast, doesn’t believe it takes too long to play a round of golf. “I enjoy the four-or-so hours it takes to play a round,” he said. “Sometimes when playing nine holes you can feel like you are just getting warmed up.” Inside Golf caught […]
DAVID Scott is a shining example of the emerging new age of PGA golf club professionals in the Australian golf industry. Scott, the Deputy General Manager of Riverside Oaks – one of Australia’s biggest and leading golf resort-residential-playing complexes—is a graduate of the PGA’s International Golf Institute and the follow-on PGA club Traineeship. In less […]
HE’S held a number of interesting jobs in his working life, but Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club general manager Roger Morris reckons his current position is right up there with the rest of them. Morris started his career working in international hotels before landing key positions at The Australian Golf Club and Castle Hill Country […]
Just four months into the top job at The Heritage Golf and Country Club, General Manager Wayne Sutherland has vowed to give the club’s members the best value golf and lifestyle offering since the venue’s inception in 1999. The Heritage was sold again recently for a reported price tag just shy of $18 million and […]
After more than a decade working as a golf professional at Flinders Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Scotsman Gavin Coyle has revealed it’s the club’s similarities to his homeland that have sustained his passion for both the job and the seaside links course. Coyle, who hails from Gourock Golf Club on Scotland’s west coast, […]
WHEN Melissa Ellis took on the general manager’s role at Castle Hill Country Club two years ago, a few bold members gave her the moniker “non-golfing sheila” but it didn’t take long for the sobriquet to wear off. “I came from a non-golfing background so when I first started here that’s what they called me, […]
IT’S hard to know where to start when writing about the passing of Melbourne’s legendary teaching professional Jack Harris. John Bruce “Jack” Harris, who died recently aged 91, was an amazing man. A quiet achiever, Jack’s golf story began as a 10-year-old at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Born in 1922, he went to Kingston Heath […]
Victorian professional golfer Peter Nolan is optimistic about returning to full health since being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April. Nolan, who competed on the PGA Tour of Australasia between 2007 and 2012, was preparing to undergo his tenth chemotherapy treatment at the time of writing and said he has already seen his condition improve. […]
How did you feel about your game before the win (Barracuda Championship), and what had you been working on? The best thing I did was take three weeks off after Congressional (Quicken Loans National, June). I mean, I hit the ball so well at Congressional it’s incredible. But I couldn’t touch the hole from three […]
Australia’s Brendan Moylan will tee it up with the world’s longest hitters this month in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships, held in Mesquite, Nevada. Having competed in the Australian Finals of the RE/MAX Long Drive Tournament in May, Moylan qualified for the Mesquite event via eye-popping drives like his early-round 321m blast, which could […]
It was no surprise to hear that my playing partner for the day had arrived at the course early and was spending his time practicing. For my playing partner was none other than Dan McLaughlin, and Dan has a plan to spend 10,000 hours on his golf game in an attempt to become one of […]
TO his Indonesian golf students and their parents, Australian teaching professional Tony Blacker is a diamond in the rough. For the past eight years, the former Brisbane club pro has taught golf in Indonesia and now calls Jakarta home. It’s where Blacker, the head coach at the Aserra Golf Academy at the Senayan Golf Driving […]
An Australian group of wounded war veterans are proving that golf can be their means for positive reintegration into the community. With the help of national charity Soldier On, a small band of Aussie veterans made the pilgrimage to the home of golf, St Andrews, in Scotland for a global veterans charity event in July […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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,” […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.