Category: Golf Industry News

Peter O’Malley, Stephen Pitt and Brian Thorburn at Parliament House

Australian Golf Industry unites to build a new home of golf

The PGA of Australia, Golf Australia and Golf Victoria have joined forces on a new project which could lead to the most significant contribution to industry collaboration in decades. Over the last 12 months the three administrative bodies, led by their respective Chief Executive Officers Brian Thorburn, Stephen Pitt and Simon Brookhouse, have been actively [...]

July 9, 2014 More
Lynwood Country Club

Lynwood CC, Castle Hill RSL Club Group explore amalgamation

SYDNEY’S Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL Club Group have announced the commencement of formal partnership discussions to pursue opportunities for amalgamation. Like many clubs across Australia, Lynwood has been challenged by the ongoing financial viability of the club, with increasing cost pressures, cashflow challenges and difficult trading conditions.  And they are not alone: [...]

July 1, 2014 More
Jupiters Gold Coast

GMA announces 2015 conference venue

The Board of Golf Management Australia (GMA) has confirmed the next GMA National Conference will be held on the Gold Coast from Monday 31st August to Thursday 3rd September 2015, at Jupiters Gold Coast. GMA President Damon Lonnie said “The 2015 Conference follows on from a very successful educational programme delivered at the 2013 Conference [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Golf Park Hobart

Burgled balls beset Tassie range

A driving range near Hobart has fallen victim to a major theft of its golf balls for the second time this year. Close to 6,000 golf balls were stolen from Golf Park Hobart on Cranston Parade in Cambridge on Friday May 31 and taken away in bright-coloured plastic tubs. Police suspect at least two people [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Victorian Golf Industry celebrates significant achievements

Victorian Golf Industry celebrates significant achievements

The Victorian Golf Industry came together on Saturday 21st June to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and clubs to the sport in 2013. Representatives from the PGA of Australia, Golf Victoria and Golf Management Victoria gathered at the Southern Golf Club to witness Kel Llewellyn being inducted into the Victorian Golf Industry [...]

June 25, 2014 More
The first hole at Ocean Dunes Golf Links

Timing setbacks to delay King Island course opening

Ocean Dunes Golf Links on Tasmania’s King Island has suffered a timing setback and isn’t expected to open until mid-2015. Director Graeme Grant, who is also spearheading the course’s design and grassing, has revealed slow progress over summer and autumn has forced him to abandon earlier hopes of opening the course by February 2015. “That’s [...]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The new Gardiners Run in Lilydale, Vic

Changing landscapes: courses on the move

It’s no longer a major surprise to hear that golf courses in Australia are selling, moving or merging in what is an unsettling time for our golf industry. Melbourne clubs like Chirnside Park and Eastern, which have relocated their courses further away from the CBD, may be set up for brighter financial days but their [...]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Tony Sernack presenting at the GMA National Roadshow at Lake Karrinyup

GMA launches The Green Book at national roadshows

One of the most common items of feedback received from golf clubs relates to clubs being able to positively plan their futures. With this in mind, GMA has undertaken a great deal of work with corporate specialist Tony Sernack to create and publish “The Green Book – The Essential Guide to Strategic Planning for Golf [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Facebook

Clubs not ‘liking’ Facebook as much anymore

There is a common misconception about Facebook among people I talk to in golf clubs. Many think when they publish a post on their business Facebook page that everyone who has liked their page will see it. This is, in fact, far from the truth! A few years ago the percentage of your Facebook fans [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 [...]

April 28, 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
Study confirms rangefinders speed up golf

Study confirms rangefinders speed up golf

A recent study has found that laser rangefinders can shave up to 30 minutes off a round of golf for mid- to high-index players. The study, conducted by California-based National University Golf Academy and Bushnell Golf, measured the speed of play of students with handicaps ranging from six to 18. Tested over two days at [...]

April 22, 2014 More
TaylorMade Performance Lab, Brisbane

TaylorMade unveils second Performance Lab

TaylorMade adidas Golf recently announced the opening of their second Performance Lab at the new Golf Central Brisbane Airport complex within the Brisbane Airport Skygate and DFO shopping precinct. The new purpose-built fitting centre is only the second of its kind in Australia and will provide golfers of all ages and abilities access to state-of-the-art [...]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Sandringham

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 [...]

September 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company to acquire Adams Golf

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company to acquire Adams Golf

The adidas Group and Adams Golf, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADGF) today announced that the TaylorMade-adidas Golf business segment has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Adams Golf for $10.80 per share in cash. The transaction value is approximately $ 70 million (approximately € 53 million), which represents a premium [...]

March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
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.

March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Ray Wilson awarded OAM

Ray Wilson awarded OAM

PGA Professional Ray Wilson was among those honoured by the Governor General on the Australia Day honour list, awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia last week. Wilson, the Club Professional at Strathfield Golf Club since 1961, was recognised for his ‘service to the sport of golf and to the community through a [...]

January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More
PGA Tour proposes killing Q-school, big changes to developmental tour

PGA Tour proposes killing Q-school, big changes to developmental tour

Maybe golf’s ultimate wannabe heavyweight, that ubiquitous and annoying social climber named Trump, can co-opt the rights, since selling the product is at the core of this proposal and he’s got deep pockets. After all, the way things are headed, those hoping to claw their way into the PGA Tour starting next year first must [...]

January 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Mildura Golf club revamp in full swing

Mildura Golf club revamp in full swing

A $6 million redevelopment is taking shape at the Mildura Golf Club. The project will redesign the layout of three holes of the golf course, allow a 100 housing block subdivision and the development of a new resort. General manager Marcus Guthrie says the new holes are almost finished and the entire development is planned [...]

January 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Brisbane GC evacuates pumps, shed as rains hit

Brisbane GC evacuates pumps, shed as rains hit

Just a little over a year since the devastating 2011 floods hit Queensland, golf courses in Brisbane and further south on the Gold Coast have copped a lashing from Mother Nature this week. After a dry start to 2012, more than 80mm fell at the start of last week with a further 250mm falling in [...]

January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
2012 PGA Merchandise Show

2012 PGA Merchandise Show

The 59th PGA Merchandise Show Week is steeped in tradition but overflowing with innovation. All of golf’s top influencers and market leaders are in one place, plus more than 200 companies new to the Show. Product presentations from nearly 1,000 leading golf companies and brands to comparison shop and bring back the best merchandise assortment [...]

January 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More
A golf dream come true

A golf dream come true

Bundaberg’s John Kirchner is about to tee off on a dream golfing adventure, and it only took him 30 years to get there. At 53 he is about to play his first tournament in the Australian PGA Legends tour in Sydney, and John says he is excited to be taking his game to the next level [...]

January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Greg Norman says success imminent for Australian golfers

Greg Norman says success imminent for Australian golfers

VETERAN Greg Norman is highly unlikely to add to his two majors, but believes Australia should see success at the highest level of golf soon enough. It’s been more than five years since Geoff Ogilvy took out the 2006 US Open, the nation’s last major triumph and the only one in the past 17 years since [...]

January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Four Promos That Will Increase Your Facebook Fan Count

Four Promos That Will Increase Your Facebook Fan Count

The question I receive most frequently from my clients is: How do I increase the number of fans on my fan page? First of all, I would like to note that Facebook fan count is not the only way to measure ROI for your social media efforts. However, if it is your current objective, then [...]

January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Bolle and Bushnell expand Au/NZ operations

Bolle and Bushnell expand Au/NZ operations

Bollé Australia have announced the appointment of Champion Sports to run the distribution of Bushnell’s world renowned golf-specific laser and GPS rangefinder product, utilizing their Australia and New Zealand-wide representative network to provide sales and technical service. In addition, Champion Sports will also assist in the distribution of the exciting new range of Bollé golf specific eyewear. Bollé Australia [...]

July 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Ian Triggs tees up at Brookwater

Ian Triggs tees up at Brookwater

Professional golfer and coach-of-champions Ian Triggs is teaming up with Brookwater Golf Club to bring the world-famous Ian Triggs Golf to Queensland’s number one golf course this July. Brookwater Golf Club is now fully-equipped with Industry-leading coaching facilities, with Ian Triggs and his team providing clinics and lessons to golfers of all ages and experience. [...]

June 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Barry West at the opening of Copperclub GC

Norman’s ‘Copperclub’ course opens in South Australia

Australian golfing legend Greg Norman’s first course design in South Australia has officially opened for play. The finishing touches have been put on the first nine holes of the new Copperclub golf course at The Dunes Port Hughes on the Yorke Peninsula, with thousands of golfers expected to tackle the Scottish style links layout in [...]

June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
President of Sale Golf Club Bruce Carter, Mayor of the Wellington Shire Jeff Amos, Deputy Premier of Victoria Hon Peter Ryan and 5 time British Open winner Peter Thomson

The Vantage Point Golf Development starts construction

Australian golf legend Peter Thomson, the man with the vision to create the best golf course in regional Australia overlooking the spectacular South Sale wetlands, officially commemorated the construction of the Gippsland Links Development project on Friday 4th March. The Deputy Premier of Victoria Hon Peter Ryan and Mayor of the Wellington Shire Jeff Amos [...]

March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
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