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Troon to manage King Island’s Cape Wickham Golf Links

Troon to manage King Island’s Cape Wickham Golf Links

Troon International has been chosen to manage King Island’s spectacular Cape Wickham Golf Links. The par-72 championship course, designed by Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver, has been  recognised as one of the top courses in the world. As the course weaves through a variety of landscapes, with eight holes straddling the gorgeous coastline, this course […]

Isuzu extends Queensland Open sponsorship

Isuzu extends Queensland Open sponsorship

JUST prior to Jordan Zunic sinking the winning putt at the Isuzu Queensland Open at The Brisbane Golf Club, news filtered through of another victory … this time for Queensland golf. The good news for golf fans is Australia’s premier truck brand, Isuzu, extended its long-term sponsorship of the Queensland Open until the end of […]

Callaway partners with GMA

Callaway partners with GMA

  Golf Management Australia (GMA)  has entered into a partnership with Callaway Golf to further support the GMA membership over the coming years. For GMA, which represents Golf Club Management in Australia and provides professional development and support for members, the partnership will provide support for the future conference and events. “GMA is delighted to […]

Norman to be inducted into Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame

Norman to be inducted into Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame

Australian golf icon Greg Norman will be granted the highest honour bestowed upon a golfer in the Asia Pacific Region during the staging of the 2018 Asian Golf Awards. Norman will be inducted into the 2018 Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame on November 3 during the award presentation at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards. […]

Miles new CEO for On Course Golf

Miles new CEO for On Course Golf

On Course Golf has announced that their CEO, Geoff Zarth, is stepping down from the role following a successful eleven years leading the Group. Following an extensive Executive search, the Board have appointed Mr. Geoff Miles as the new CEO. Mr. Miles has an extensive background in sporting organisations as CEO. His prior experience includes […]

GM Mark Brady keeps eye on ball

GM Mark Brady keeps eye on ball

  IT was inevitable Mark Brady, the general manager at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, would end up with a career in sport. A sports fanatic from a young age, Brady first worked in the banking industry (10 years) followed by a role as a sales administrator that lasted five years. He then set […]

Mooney named Acting CEO, School Sport Victoria

Mooney named Acting CEO, School Sport Victoria

School Sport Victoria has announced the appointment of Nick Mooney as acting CEO. School Sport Victoria  President Sarah Burns says, “With the retirement of longstanding CEO of School Sport Victoria Jude Maguire as of July 2, 2018, we are pleased to announce that Nick Mooney has been appointed as the Acting CEO while the recruitment process […]

The latest news from GMA

The latest news from GMA

Here is a recap of the latest news from Golf Management Australia ‘One GMA’ progress Over the past 12 months, GMA has undertaken a project to develop a more ‘unified’ approach to GMA-related activities across the country,with the project progressing well to date. The project has involved consultation with each state executive over the past […]

Sully snatches super award

Sully snatches super award

ANYONE who hasn’t played at Roseville Golf Club in Sydney’s north doesn’t know what they’re missing. And long-serving course superintendent Mark O’Sullivan has been flat out keeping this private course to the standard that keeps members raving about it. Actually not flat – but flat on his back. O’Sullivan couldn’t attend an awards ceremony in […]

Troon International appointed by Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Troon International appointed by Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Troon International, the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing, has announced its latest partnership with Brookwater Golf and Country Club, Queensland’s premium golfing destination. The spectacular 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, set in a beautiful Australian landscape, is now set to benefit from Troon’s unrivalled expertise and experience as the company […]

Under Armour Golf coming to green grass

Under Armour Golf coming to green grass

Industry leading golf brand distributor Walkinshaw Sports has been appointed as the exclusive green grass distributor for Under Armour golf apparel, footwear and accessories in Australia. Dan Harrap, General Manager of Walkinshaw Sports said, “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Walkinshaw Sports and for the local green grass golf industry. Our partnership with Under […]

Business Ladies that Golf

Business Ladies that Golf

Lakeside Golf Club Camden’s most recent Business Ladies Golf courses were held from January – March 2018, having over 15 ladies participate. Local golfer, Kim Teale participated in the first Business Ladies Golf course back in October – November 2017 and has made several new friendships with ladies who had never played golf before but […]

Golf Business Forum launches full program

Golf Business Forum launches full program

With just under two months to go, excitement is cranking up as the Golf Business Forum launches the program for the two-day event in July. With an impressive lineup of Australian and international speakers, delegates will get to hear a diversity of perspectives – from the Australian Sports Commission and Golf Australia through to experts […]

The R&A launches first women’s charter for golf

The R&A launches first women’s charter for golf

The R&A has unveiled a new Women in Golf Charter as part of the organisation’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry. The Women in Golf Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more […]

Donahoo new GOM at Brookwater

Donahoo new GOM at Brookwater

FORMER touring professional Paul Donahoo has been appointed golf operations manager at Brookwater Golf and Country Club. The 37-year-old started in his new role last month after spending seven years as assistant manager at Victoria Park Golf Club in Brisbane. Donahoo is extremely familiar with Brookwater Golf and Country Club after spending a number of […]

Kingston Links bids farewell

Kingston Links bids farewell

Following years of golf operation and functions, the Kingston Links Golf Course will host its final golfers on July 1st, 2018. The owners of the 65ha site occupying the golf course have for some time been planning a residential village development within the unique wetland zone. Throughout the time of planning, the ongoing golf operations were managed […]

Global distance insights project launched

Global distance insights project launched

The R&A and the USGA have launched a comprehensive project to analyse distance in golf and gather perspectives from the worldwide golf community. The Distance Insights project will examine distance through a multi-pronged approach that includes global stakeholder engagement, third-party data review and primary research. Focus groups and discussion forums will play an important role […]

‘Embarrassed’ Jamie wins volunteer award

‘Embarrassed’ Jamie wins volunteer award

Middlemount Golf Club president Jamie Sullivan is as proud as punch to be named Golf Queensland’s Volunteer of the Year, but extremely embarrassed at what he calls the ‘unnecessary fuss’. “What I do out here is pretty normal in a country community,” said 32-year-old Jamie who has lived and worked in the Central Queensland mining […]

Toowoomba’s Zirkler: from trainee to general manager

Toowoomba’s Zirkler: from trainee to general manager

QUALIFIED accountant Johnathon Zirkler, who did his PGA traineeship at Toowoomba Golf Club at Middle Ridge on Queensland’s Darling Downs, has returned to his old stomping ground as general manager. Inside Golf caught up with Zirkler to find out about his transition into golf club management. What has been your career path to managing Toowoomba […]

New GM, green light for Devilbend GC

New GM, green light for Devilbend GC

Devilbend Golf Club on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula lives on thanks to the local council who granted the club a new 21-year lease that will take them through to 2039. And in further good news the club’s former general manager Tim O’Sullivan has returned to take charge. O’Sullivan was general manager at Devilbend GC from 2004-2010 […]

Records broken at Queensland Golf Night of Nights

Records broken at Queensland Golf Night of Nights

The Star Gold Coast has played host to 460 guests last night, to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, golf clubs and companies over the past 12 months at the QLD Golf Industry Awards night. The evening eclipsed the previous record of 453 attendees from two years ago with the night recognising the achievements of […]

PGA TOUR and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia announce cooperation agreement

PGA TOUR and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia announce cooperation agreement

The PGA TOUR and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia have announced that they have signed a cooperation and golf-development agreement, with the two golf organisations collaborating to strengthen professional tournament golf in both the Australasian region as well as globally. The agreement went into effect on December 4, 2017. The two organisations have long […]

New golf guide highlights clubs’ legal duty to be inclusive

New golf guide highlights clubs’ legal duty to be inclusive

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the release of Equal Opportunity in Golf, a practical guide to preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment in Australia’s golf clubs. The guide, which was developed with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission (and supported by Golf Australia and Golf Victoria), reminds clubs they have a positive […]

Golf’s modernised rules for 2019 unveiled

Golf’s modernised rules for 2019 unveiled

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019. The R&A and the USGA finalised golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official […]

Finau, Fowler extend gear agreements

Finau, Fowler extend gear agreements

COBRA PUMA GOLF has announced that PGA Tour athlete and key brand ambassador, Rickie Fowler, has agreed to a contract extension with the company. Fowler, who’s 2017 season included a win at the Honda Classic, 10 top-10 finishes and a record-breaking win at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, will continue to play COBRA Golf equipment […]

R&A and USGA release 2017 Driving Distance Study

R&A and USGA release 2017 Driving Distance Study

The R&A and the USGA have completed the annual review of driving distance in golf, producing a research report that documents and evaluates important findings from the 2017 season. Introduced in 2015, the annual report examines driving distance data from seven of the major worldwide professional golf tours, based on nearly 300,000 drives per year. […]

World golf handicapping system announced

World golf handicapping system announced

The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by The R&A and the USGA, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability. The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review […]

Challenge benefits $40,000+ from Oates Vic Open

Challenge benefits $40,000+ from Oates Vic Open

Golf Victoria has announced that the 2018 Oates Vic Open has helped raise $42,109 for its official tournament charity partner, Challenge – supporting kids with cancer. The final figure was generated via the ‘Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner for Challenge’ and throughout tournament week at 13th Beach Golf Links. A handful of Australia’s top chefs joined […]

Australian Unity, PGA of Australia tee up partnership

Australian Unity, PGA of Australia tee up partnership

Australian Unity and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia have announced an exciting new partnership in which Australian Unity will become the Official Health Insurance Partner of the PGA of Australia. This partnership will give Australian PGA Professionals and golf fans the opportunity to access great offers through Australian Unity health insurance. “We are […]

Golf Australia partners JLT

Golf Australia partners JLT

Golf Australia and Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Australia have announced a three-year partnership, with JLT named the Official Risk Partner of Golf Australia and the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open. The new partnership aims to empower Golf Australia through consistent, comprehensive insurance cover and leading risk expertise, protecting regional, country and metropolitan clubs and making […]

Long live print — Inside Golf bucking the trend

Long live print — Inside Golf bucking the trend

It’s no secret that the print magazine industry has gone through a rough patch of late. More and more newsstand and subscription titles have ceased publication in recent years, a result of the meteoric rise of online behemoths like Google and Facebook. But one magazine is bucking this trend, and kicking goals (or in this […]

Enterprise Rent-a-Car partners with the PGA of Australia

Enterprise Rent-a-Car partners with the PGA of Australia

Enterprise Rent-a-Car Australia, today announced a new multi-year partnership with the PGA of Australia where they will become the Official Hire Car Partner of the PGA of Australia and Official Presenting partner of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia App. New to the Australian car rental scene, Enterprise has been growing across the globe […]

Gold Coast secures the Australian PGA Championship for another three years

Gold Coast secures the Australian PGA Championship for another three years

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and City of Gold Coast today announced their commitment to the PGA of Australia (PGA) to support the Australian PGA Championship for a further three years. A day after the close of one of the most successful events to date, and where Queenslander Cameron Smith hoisted the Kirkwood Cup in a […]

Troon International appointed by Canberra’s Gold Creek

Troon International appointed by Canberra’s Gold Creek

Troon International has been appointed to provide full golf course management services to the semi-private Gold Creek Country Club, Canberra. Utilising Troon and its industry-leading expertise, the venue is set on increasing the quality of its offering, on and off course, to members and visitors. The 18 Hole Championship Course, designed by Australian legend Bruce Devlin, […]

QANTAS Golf Club partners with GolfNow

QANTAS Golf Club partners with GolfNow

  In a move to further enhance the connection between golf clubs and the 11.8 million-plus Qantas Frequent Flyers, Qantas Golf Club has entered into a partnership with U.S.-based GolfNow. This partnership will provide greater access for Qantas Frequent Flyers to combine their passion for golf and travel, as GolfNow provides the option to book […]

New speakers announced for Golf Business Forum 2018

New speakers announced for Golf Business Forum 2018

It’s full steam ahead at Golf Business Forum HQ in Melbourne as the first six speakers for the two-day event are confirmed this week. Organisers Guy Chapple and Andrew Davies say that curating quality content for delegates was a key strength of the inaugural event in 2016, and they are carrying that discipline through into […]

GMA National Conference declared a best of Industry Event

GMA National Conference declared a best of Industry Event

The 2017 Golf Management Australia (GMA) National Conference closed at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Thursday, 12th October with a gala closing dinner in the Panorama Ballroom attended by 250 golf industry delegates and sponsors. The conference, roundly viewed as the best yet by way of professional development content and networking opportunities, is a biennial […]

Ballarat welcomes Gender Equality, new website for Noosa Springs, Shop till you drop at McLeod

Ballarat welcomes Gender Equality, new website for Noosa Springs, Shop  till you drop at McLeod

Ballarat welcomes gender equality Ballarat Golf Club is a club that has a history spanning back to 1895 and has seen generations of golfers take their place on the honour boards. It is also a club who through solid governance has recently made a very important step to address a weakness, that of gender equality. […]

Club News: Nelson Bay, Nudgee, Yamba, Cool Tweed and the China Golf boom

Club News: Nelson Bay, Nudgee, Yamba, Cool Tweed and the China Golf boom

New clubhouse, events for Nelson Bay Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Nelson Bay Golf Club has come back with a bang, enjoying a brand-new clubhouse and influx of members and guests.  Since opening the doors to its new clubhouse in August (the club had previously lost their clubhouse due to a disastrous fire […]

Club News: Changes at Maleny, Ranfurlie and Warrnambool

Club News: Changes at Maleny, Ranfurlie and Warrnambool

Maleny adds next 3 holes MALENY Golf Club in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland remains on track to have 12 holes in play early next year following completion of bulk earthworks and installation of irrigation on the next three holes. David Burrup Golf Course and Sports Turf Designs was contracted to undertake the earthworks construction, which […]

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