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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 […]

Timing setbacks to delay King Island course opening

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 […]

Changing landscapes: courses on the move

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 […]

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 […]

Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

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 […]

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 […]

TaylorMade unveils second Performance Lab

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Norman’s ‘Copperclub’ course opens in South Australia

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 […]

The Vantage Point Golf Development starts construction

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 […]