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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 […]

Club News: Mount Lawley, Pelican Waters, Proserpine, Brisbane River GC

Club News: Mount Lawley, Pelican Waters, Proserpine, Brisbane River GC

A ‘hole’ new game at Mt Lawley   IT’S all happening at Mt Lawley Golf Club in Perth, West Australia. The club’s general manager Troy O’Hern told Inside Golf an additional hole, the 19th, would open for play at the end of November. It’s more of a short-game practice area, but it will give the […]

Mini golf to open at The Vines, New Par-3 for Mornington GC

Mini golf to open at The Vines, New Par-3 for Mornington GC

WESTERN Australia’s The Vines Resort and Country Club has been enjoying a bit of online buzz lately, as locals have been eagerly following the club’s construction of a state-of-the-art mini golf course. Due for completion in the middle of this month, the $1million 18-hole Vines Mini Golf course was designed by Richard Chamberlain, and features […]

Curlewis on par and potent

Curlewis on par and potent

To say that Curlewis Golf Club has the Australian golf fraternity in an excitable spin is an understatement.   Touted as the fastest-growing golf club in Australia, Curlewis has recently catapulted up the ladder to become one of Australia’s Top-50 Public Access courses. In an unprecedented move in the club’s history, Curlewis recently announced the imminent […]

Toowoomba GM Josh headed in the right direction

Toowoomba GM Josh headed in the right direction

IT’S been a year since Josh Madden joined Toowoomba Golf Club as general manager and in that time he has worked diligently to create, build and complement a great team that is working together and is on the same page when it comes to the golf club’s direction. “When I arrived here, one of the […]

First female club captain at Kew Golf Club

First female club captain at Kew Golf Club

IT didn’t take Andrea Catherine Moore long to play down her appointment as Kew Golf Club’s first female club captain. “It’s no big deal,” she said. “I understand it’s significant being the first woman captain of the club, but I hope in a couple of years a woman captain won’t even be commented on. “To […]

Kruse new President of SAGCA

Kruse new President of SAGCA

Harley Kruse, founder of KruseGolf, was elected President of the SAGCA at its 27th Annual General Meeting held recently on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  Harley replaces the outgoing President, Ted Parslow, an original founding member of the SAGCA who served 3 years in the role. The election of Harley, along with Paul Mogford as Vice President […]

Inside Golf to sponsor 2017 GMA Conference

Inside Golf to sponsor 2017 GMA Conference

Inside Golf has announced that the publication will be a sponsor of the 2017 GMA Conference. As a long-time supporter of GMA—providing content and coverage in our monthly print and online platforms for many years—Inside Golf is pleased to further that support during this monumental event in Australian golf. “We are incredibly proud to be a […]

‘Next generation’ synthetic grasses proving popular

‘Next generation’ synthetic grasses proving popular

It’s every golfer’s ultimate dream: a backyard putting/chipping green to sharpen the short game in the comfort of your own home. Yet most golfers haven’t got the time for the required maintenance, mowing and upkeep of real grass/turf. So many budding golfers have turned to synthetic grass putting greens, which provide minimal maintenance and a […]

Go Golfing partnership with Callaway Golf

Go Golfing partnership with Callaway Golf

Go Golfing, Australia’s biggest organiser of tournaments and hosted golf tours and holidays for golfers has inked a two-year deal with Callaway Golf that is sure to please club golfers. Go Golfing hosts 7 major tournaments each year for club golfers and the Callaway deal will see $200,000 worth of Callaway drivers, wedges, putters, golf […]

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