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Peregian Springs closes doors

Peregian Springs closes doors

NOBODY likes to hear of golf clubs closing their doors, but news out of the Sunshine Coast is that Peregian Springs Golf Club has shut up shop just 13 years after opening. Administrator Gavin Morton told the Sunshine Coast Daily’s Bill Hoffman the club had simply run out of money to operate. To many, the […]

Twin Creeks set for turbo takeoff

Twin Creeks set for turbo takeoff

THE Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club, which for a decade has been a pacesetter in the luxury residential golf market in western Sydney, is set to soar to new heights on the wings of the new Badgerys Creek airport. Following the purchase last year by a Chinese consortium of the 340ha estate—which boasts the […]

A new era for Bay Views golf course, Rosebud

A new era for Bay Views golf course, Rosebud

One of Australia’s most scenic courses has undergone a significant facelift and is being launched with a new identity to reflect the change in management and significant improvements to course presentation. Bay Views Golf Course (formerly known as Rosebud Public or Carrington Park) located in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula is a public access course […]

GSM secures management at Kingston Links Golf Course

GSM secures management at Kingston Links Golf Course

Golf Services Management has been appointed to provide facility and golf operational services at Melbourne’s popular Kingston Links Golf Course. Located just off Wellington Rd in the leafy suburb of Rowville in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, Kingston Links is a fully public access facility boasting a number of spectacular water hazards, Santa Ana couch fairways, undulating […]

Horizons Golf Resort finds new owner

Horizons Golf Resort finds new owner

Horizons Golf Resort has found new owners, after being purchased for an undisclosed sum by long-term members Peter Rickard and Selva Saverimuttu. The former owner of the facility, Le Mellieur, went into receivership in 2010 and previous efforts to sell the course, had been blocked by their Korean banks who were owed around $12 million […]

New Eastern course open for business

New Eastern course open for business

Members of Melbourne’s Eastern Golf Club have begun a new chapter in their club’s history this month, with the long-awaited “soft” opening of their spectacular, brand-new Greg Norman-designed course in Yering on July 1. The new facility, in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley, is the culmination of a massive seven-year project which followed a member vote in 2008 […]

Wondonga Golf Club sold to consortium

Wondonga Golf Club sold to consortium

The President at Wodonga Golf Club in Victoria’s northeast claims the club’s recent sale has removed uncertainty amongst members and ensured it can become more profitable in future. The SS&A Club – which had been trying to sell Wodonga for several years – accepted an undisclosed offer from an unknown consortium in late May. “They […]

Sydney club swings $50m land deal; no cuts to course

Sydney club swings $50m land deal; no cuts to course

SYDNEY’S Strathfield Golf Club has provided the best good news story to hit the Australian golf industry in decades by securing more than $50 million in a residential land bonanza which will leave its golf course untouched. Strathfield has sold 2.2ha of redundant land, on which its dated clubhouse, carpark and a practice range is […]

Trainees to tackle Ballarat

Trainees to tackle Ballarat

Trainee professionals can expect less brutal course conditions for this year’s PGA National Futures Championship at Ballarat Golf Club after it secured the right to continue hosting the world’s richest trainee tournament for the next three years. This year’s Futures Championship will be held from October 20 with close to 120 players competing for a […]

The Dunes celebrates 20th anniversary

The Dunes celebrates 20th anniversary

It’s January 1994 and businessman Duncan Andrews takes a gamble and buys a partially-built golf course in Rye from a local butcher who had decided to sell well before the course could be finished. There was hardly a tree on the property. The Mornington Peninsula was nothing like it is today with a plethora of […]

Peterborough club, community take safety to heart

Peterborough club, community take safety to heart

Future lives in Victoria’s west could be saved after three generous golfers at Peterborough Golf Club helped raise funds to ensure the town and nearby Port Campbell will each have their own defibrillators. Michael Beer, Lachie Beer, Glen McGorlick and Andrew McQuinn set out to raise the crucial funds for the automated external defibrillator (AED) […]

Gawler Golf Club – what a laugh

Gawler Golf Club – what a laugh

SOUTH Australia’s Gawler Golf Club promoted the game recently by participating in two Adelaide Fringe events. In March, four comedians entertained more than 70 people at the golf club. For two hours, the comedians had the audience in fits of laughter. The comedians also pulled the audience into their act with quick wit and frivolity. […]

New housing, clubhouse planned for Wangaratta GC

New housing, clubhouse planned for Wangaratta GC

Wangaratta Golf Club’s outdated clubhouse could soon be a thing of the past if the club is granted council approval to allow developers to subdivide part of its current golf course. The 300-member club revealed that – if its land is successfully rezoned, it will use the sale proceeds to finance building a new clubhouse […]

Shark circles new Eastern layout

Shark circles new Eastern layout

With only a few short months remaining until the opening of Victoria’s most talked about new course development, The Eastern Golf Club in the Yarra Valley, all eyes are firmly focussed on watching the spectacular facility take shape. One pair of eyes that are giving the layout an extremely detailed and meticulous look are none other […]

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

NO golfer, irrespective of his or her handicap, walks off a green after a three putt feeling good about themselves. And while The Brisbane Golf Club cannot guarantee a golfer’s most detested deficiency never occurring on their greens, club captain Terry Campbell is adamant the probability has greatly decreased now the course has Ultra Dwarf […]

Sandbelt clubs put merger on back burner

Sandbelt clubs put merger on back burner

Woodlands, Patterson River and Rossdale are still open to the possibility of merging despite talks between the three clubs falling through late last year. The respective boards were in discussions over a plan to turn nine holes at Rossdale into residential land and form a 45-hole ‘superclub’ to ensure each club’s long-term financial viability. “Something […]

Fire razes club’s machinery shed

Fire razes club’s machinery shed

RULE number one for any golf club under financial pressure: do not cancel your insurance policy. Just ask the officials at Wallangarra Golf Club located on the Queensland/New South Wales border near Stanthorpe in the heart of the Granite Belt. Two weeks after cancelling its fire and theft insurance policy, fire destroyed the club’s machinery […]

New Eastern course nearing completion

New Eastern course nearing completion

MEMBERS of The Eastern Golf club in Melbourne were recently treated to a sneak-peek of their new Greg Norman-designed golf course, currently under construction in the Yarra Valley. As part of the club’s ongoing going commitment to communication and development transparency to members, the club hosted an Open Day on site in Yering in December. […]

National, Long Island merger approved by members

National, Long Island merger approved by members

The emergence of the first 72-hole private membership Golf Club in Australia has become a reality when a proposed merger between the prestigious National Golf Club and the Long Island Country Club was recently supported by members by both clubs. Of the total number of National members who voted on the proposed merger, 80.93% voted […]

Riverside Oaks makes history with opening of Bungool course

Riverside Oaks makes history with opening of Bungool  course

RIVERSIDE Oaks, the massive resort and residential development an hour northwest of Sydney’s CBD, which has been a national golf industry pacesetter since it teed off  27 years ago, has scored another historic first. With the opening in October of its 6300m Bungool layout, which meanders along the dramatically scenic Hawkesbury River’s banks at Cattai, […]

Reciprocals a passport to golf’s future

Reciprocals a passport to golf’s future

As the Australian golf club industry in general tries to slow the overall decline in membership numbers, numerous progressive clubs are developing local reciprocal agreements to boost their offering to members and entice new members. More clubs are either executing mergers or considering joining forces with other clubs to sure up their future but reciprocal […]

The National and Long Island CC propose merger

The National and Long Island CC propose merger

A proposal to merge Long Island Country Club Limited (Long Island) into The National Golf Club Incorporated (The National) will create Australia’s first ever 72 hole private golf facility and provide members with access to four championship golf courses for the price of one annual subscription. After the merger, The National will have four courses […]

And the winner is: Nudgee

And the winner is: Nudgee

It takes a collective effort to be an award-winning golf club. And that, according to Nudgee Golf Club general manager Aaron Muirhead, is exactly why the popular club close to the Brisbane Airport was awarded the coveted title of Queensland Golf Club of the Year recently. It’s the second time in eight years Nudgee has […]

Mandalay celebrates as clubhouse breaks ground

Mandalay celebrates as clubhouse breaks ground

Following the recent completion of Club Mandalay’s 18-hole golf course, celebrations continued this week as Mandalay broke ground on its crowning feature, the $8 million “Club Mandalay” golf clubhouse and recreational facility. The clubhouse facility will complement the already playable Peter Thomson designed, 18-hole golf course, located in Beveridge, north of Melbourne. Residents, members and […]

Inland golf for Shipwreck Coast?

Inland golf for Shipwreck Coast?

Peterborough Golf Club in coastal western Victoria could be extended from nine holes to 18 if local councils completing a draft master plan for the Shipwreck Coast choose to move on discussions around building another nine holes inland. The Corangamite Shire and Moyne Shire Councils are preparing a master plan in conjunction with Parks Victoria, […]

Club News for May: Vines, Kalgoorlie and McCleod

Club News for May: Vines, Kalgoorlie and McCleod

The Vines tees up with Kalgoorlie   For years, Inside Golf has encouraged clubs across Australia to expand their reciprocal arrangements in order to create a more attractive prospect to today’s potential members. It is a well-known fact that golfers like to play a variety of courses when travelling, and challenge their game on a […]

National Golf Participation Report released

National Golf Participation Report released

The ongoing health of Australian golf clubs is the focus of a new report released by Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia. The 2013 National Golf Participation Report, which replaces the previous Annual Golf Census, has identified clear trends in the areas of club membership, golf participation and club financial viability. Among the report’s key […]

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

THE results of a survey asking members if they preferred a one-tee start or a two-tee start at Cairns Golf Club in Tropical North Queensland makes for interesting reading. Club president Nerida Wilson said the one-tee trial was “met with mixed reaction”. “We trialled a one-tee start in 2013 to assess the impacts and benefits […]

Renovations boost Warragul’s members, revenues

Renovations boost Warragul’s members, revenues

Warragul Country Club says it’s close to peak membership as its $10 million renovation nears completion. The west Gippsland club currently has more than 750 golf members and club general manager Michael Smairl says weekend fields are approaching capacity. “Our golf membership’s almost reaching its peak as far as member numbers on a Saturday so […]

The Von Bronze unveiled

The Von Bronze unveiled

IT says much about the late, great Norman von Nida when legends of the game willingly contribute to ensure the legendary Australian is immortalised. Von Nida was honoured at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane recently when the Von Bronze was unveiled as a permanent reminder of his contribution to the game. Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, […]

Don’t believe the rumours, Toowoomba Golf Club is A-ok

Don’t believe the rumours, Toowoomba Golf Club is A-ok

Contrary to rumours of ‘temporary greens’ being put in play at the facility, Toowoomba Golf Club-Middle Ridge is enjoying high-quality playing surfaces that are set to exceed those of the club’s past. While a crippling drought and extreme heat had affected the playability of the course over the past six months—leaving it in less than […]

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