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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Wangaratta Golf Club’s outdated clubhouse could soon be a thing of the past if the club is granted council approval to allow developers to subdivide part of its current golf course.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 […]

Last Post for a Royal club

Last Post for a Royal club

A SYDNEY golf club that’s name starts with Royal is about to close its doors for the last time. Don’t panic, it’s not that one. Rather, the final curtain will come down on the Royal Australian Engineers Golf Club, a military-run operation, after the final putt drops into the cup on May 2. Yes, the […]

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 […]

Clubs blown away by post-cyclone support

Clubs blown away by post-cyclone support

IT takes a lot to stir the emotions of Rockhampton Golf Club president Ron Murphy, but he was close to tears when he sighted the damage Tropical Cyclone Marcia had left behind. “When I saw the mess around the golf course I could have cried,” said Murphy, who is also president of Golf Central Queensland. […]

Keysborough announces relocation plans

Keysborough announces relocation plans

Keysborough Golf Club in Melbourne’s southeast is the latest Victorian golf club to ask for member approval to sell land to ensure its long-term financial future. The club is seeking to have its existing land approved for residential development and use the value created to construct a new course on nearby “green wedge”, less valuable […]

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, […]

Movies moving member numbers at Yarrawonga Mulwala

Movies moving member numbers at Yarrawonga Mulwala

It’s not often when phoning a golf club that the recorded voice on the other end of the line goes beyond asking if you’d like to speak with the pro shop and administration—and inquires as to whether you would like to know the “movie theatre session times.” But that’s exactly what happens when you call […]

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 […]

Cardinia Beaconhills kicking goals with FootGolf

Cardinia Beaconhills kicking goals with FootGolf

Cardinia Beaconhills Golf Links is leading the way as a pioneer of the sport of FootGolf in Victoria. The fledgling sport, which combines soccer and golf, could be introduced as a regular weekly fixture at the club and is being considered as the basis for a separate membership category. “You get a soccer ball, you […]

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 […]

A view to a thrill at Portsea Golf Club

A view to a thrill at Portsea Golf Club

With a brand-new, multi-million-dollar clubhouse and course renovation project officially opened last month, Portsea Golf Club has set the bar very high for other courses on the Mornington Peninsula; and it could very well be the benchmark by which all future clubhouse projects are measured, as Richard Fellner explains.

Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club tees off new era

Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club tees off new era

Melbourne’s Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club is set to enter a new era as members have taken over the management of the Club with a new Board of Directors headed by one of Australia’s best known sports administrators, Ron Gauci, a Club member and resident at Sanctuary Lakes. Officially opened by in February 2000, the Sanctuary […]

Eastern Golf Club on the rise

Eastern Golf Club on the rise

With origins dating back to 1896, The Eastern Golf Club in Melbourne has a rich and treasured history.  From their early days in Mont Albert (with a railway station as their original clubhouse) through their transitional periods that saw their history intertwine with both the Box Hill and Huntingdale Golf Clubs, the club has grown […]

EOI for 20-Year Lease of Sandringham Golf Course

EOI for 20-Year Lease  of Sandringham Golf Course

Bayside City Council is inviting Expressions of Interest for an exciting opportunity to lease one of Melbourne’s premier public golf courses situated in the Bayside sandbelt. A 20 year lease is being offered from 1 July, 2014 for the Sandringham Golf Course, located in Cheltenham Road, Cheltenham (Melway 86 C2). Sandringham Golf Course has operated […]

Eaglehawk to merge with Bendigo GC

Eaglehawk to merge with Bendigo GC

Bendigo Golf Club is pushing to become one of regional Victoria’s strongest clubs after winning the bidding war to merge with embattled Eaglehawk Golf Club. Eaglehawk’s members have voted at a 66 per cent majority to merge with Bendigo instead of Neangar Park Golf Club and Belvoir Park Golf Club. “We’re very happy with (Bendigo’s) […]

Business booming at St Andrews Beach Golf Course

Business booming at St Andrews Beach Golf Course

It’s business as usual at the fully public access St Andrews Beach Golf Course, located on the Mornington Peninsula. Golfers continue to enjoy their rounds on this classic Tom Doak layout, experiencing the immaculate course conditions which sees St Andrews Beach firmly entrenched as one of Australia’s premier public access venues. Ian Denny, Director of […]

Eastern Golf Club relocation moves forward ‘with certainty’

Eastern Golf Club relocation moves forward ‘with certainty’

The Board and members of The Eastern Golf Club have cause for celebration, as their planned relocation has overcome the final hurdle, clearing way to begin construction of their proposed 27-hole multi-million-dollar Greg Norman-designed facility in Melbourne’s Yarra Ranges. Following two years of challenges from developers, council and environmental organisations, the club has announced that […]

Amstel Golf Club to take over management of Settlers Run

Amstel Golf Club to take over management of Settlers Run

In a continuing sign that consolidation is growing more common in the Australian golf industry, Amstel Golf Club has announced that it has acquired the management and operational rights of the Greg-Norman-designed Settlers Run Golf and Country Club, in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The agreement, which is set to begin in July, will see Amstel take over operations from incumbent Troon Golf, while members of both courses, thus allowing members of both clubs to gain access to each course.

Eastern Golf Club sells land to Mirvac

Eastern Golf Club sells land to Mirvac

The Eastern Golf Club has announced that their current site of 47 hectares in Doncaster has been sold to Mirvac. Club Captain, Peter Dane said “After a long running sales process involving extensive and detailed negotiations, we are delighted to confirm that Mirvac is the successful purchaser”. Mirvac is a leading integrated real estate group, […]