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Lynwood CC, Castle Hill RSL Club Group explore amalgamation

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
Elliott wins International Blind Golf World Championships

Elliott wins International Blind Golf World Championships

The 2014 ISPS HANDA International Blind Golf World Championships were held at the Nelson Bay Golf Club in New South Wales on 15 & 16 May 2014.  This event was preceded by the 2014 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championships. Both events were net events with trophies being awarded to the gross and net […]

June 27, 2014 More
Aussies draw closer to China

Aussies draw closer to China

Nothing could separate Team Australia and Team China following 36 holes in the International Champions Tour, played at the prestigious Agile Mickleson International Golf Club on the outskirts of Shanghai, China. Travelling to China, representing Australia were the 2013 Holden Scramble Championship Final Champions who were joined by a further seven PGA Professionals from across […]

June 27, 2014 More
GMA announces 2015 conference venue

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
Burgled balls beset Tassie range

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
Tee it up at the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

Tee it up at the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

Now in its fifth year, the Mornington Peninsula Golf classic is one of the most popular annual golf events in the Melbourne area, representing world-class golf with all the excitement and fun that only the Mornington Peninsula can offer. The event has become one of the “Must Play” tournaments on the Victorian golf calendar, and […]

June 27, 2014 More
Hack golf a 'hole' new revolution

Hack golf a ‘hole’ new revolution

HAVING a hole larger than a dinner plate could be the answer to golf’s growth problems, according to TaylorMade CEO Mark King. King said golf was been in a state of decline because “the game lacks innovation”. So convinced is King the 15-inch (38.1cm) cup is a way to attract new players that TaylorMade has […]

June 25, 2014 More
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, […]

June 25, 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
Royal Portrush to host The Open Championship

Royal Portrush to host The Open Championship

The Open Championship is set to return to Northern Ireland for the first time in over 60 years and only the second time in its more than 150-year history. Royal Portrush has been invited to stage The Open by The R&A and the County Antrim club’s members will now be asked to ratify the proposal […]

June 17, 2014 More
Kaymer captures 2014 U.S. Open

Kaymer captures 2014 U.S. Open

Germany’s Martin Kaymer has captured his second career Major Championship, taking the top spot at the 2014 U.S. Open by a massive eight shots in a dominant wire-to-wire victory. Kaymer’s blistering opening rounds of 65-65 set a new 36-hole record for a U.S. Open, and proved to be too much for the field to overcome. […]

June 16, 2014 More
Jason Dufner

Perth International to deliver strongest ever field

Reigning US PGA Champion and world number 16, Jason Dufner, has confirmed his return to Western Australia for the 2014 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 23 to 26 October. Dufner won his first Major Championship last August at Oak Hill in Rochester, NY and will return to Perth after finishing second in […]

June 12, 2014 More
Aussies converge at US Open

Aussies converge at US Open

The second Major of the year gets underway this week with the 114th staging of the U.S. Open Championship. Being played at Pinehurst No.2 Australia will be represented by 10 Professionals and one amateur. Aussies in the field include: Adam Scott (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the 13th time. In his previous 12 […]

June 11, 2014 More
Fox defends in Tahiti

Fox defends in Tahiti

Ryan Fox has successfully defended his Tahiti Open title with a dramatic one-shot victory over fellow New Zealander Kieran Muir. Fox fired a final round three-under-par 69 to finish the championship at 20-under-par (268). The big hitting Kiwi began the day with a three-shot lead but was quickly back with the chasing group mid-way through the front […]

June 10, 2014 More
McIlroy back on the podium, wins BMW PGA Championship

McIlroy back on the podium, wins BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy secured his first European Tour victory for 18 months in scintillating style as a closing round of 66 carried him to the BMW PGA Championship title. McIlroy ignited his final day charge at a sunkissed Wentworth Club with an eagle at the fourth hole, and after reaching the turn in 34 he reeled […]

May 26, 2014 More
Scott wins Crowne Plaza, completes Texas Grand Slam

Scott wins Crowne Plaza, completes Texas Grand Slam

Australia’s Adam Scott has cemented his position as the World No. 1 player, winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Overcoming fellow Major Champion Jason Dufner in a thrilling three-hole playoff, Scott claimed the Texas title in extra time after finishing tied with the American at 9-under par. Scott […]

May 26, 2014 More
Australia claims first World Cup of Disabled Golf

Australia claims first World Cup of Disabled Golf

Geoff Nicholas and Shane Luke of Australia chased down South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht and Daniel Slabbert over the last four holes at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa to clinch the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf. The South Africans took a one stroke lead into the final round and stretched the gap to two shots […]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The 'Next Generation' of women golfers

The ‘Next Generation’ of women golfers

As Golf Australia and the PGA announce the roll out their new MyGolf initiative, the ALPG has been busy with our own project in identifying and nurturing our stars of the future. The ALPG ActewAGL Next Generation Club was launched last year and in January 2014 the inaugural ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp was held […]

May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Hend to defend at 2014 Venetian Macau Open

Hend to defend at 2014 Venetian Macau Open

Big-hitting Australian Scott Hend has confirmed he will defend the Venetian Macau Open title he won in emphatic style last year. That victory was his fifth Asian Tour title and completed a hat-trick of wins in 2013 which propelled him to second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit. “Last year was something of […]

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

May 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
 Planting of grass begins on the Rio 2016  Olympic golf course

Planting of grass begins on the Rio 2016 Olympic golf course

The Olympic Golf Course in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro is taking shape. On Tuesday 20 May the process of planting grass commenced on the first of the 18 holes, hole number 8. Grassing is considered to be the final stage of the project and the predicted timeline for grass growth is 11 months. […]

May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Scott on top of the World

Scott on top of the World

Without so much as a swing of a club, Adam Scott has become the number 1 golfer in the world, quietly eclipsing Tiger Woods and taking the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. Scott, 33, took the top honours following the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Though Scott didn’t play in the event, his […]

May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Marcus Both on top at ICTSI Philippine Open

Marcus Both on top at ICTSI Philippine Open

Marcus Both of Australia secured an emphatic victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open to revive his career after thinking of quitting the game last year. The towering Aussie, who lost his Asian Tour card last year for the first time since 2003, posted a two-under-par 70 for a winning total of six-under-par 282 at the […]

May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Richardson claims PNG Open

Richardson claims PNG Open

Kalem Richardson has won the largest tournament of his young professional career, overcoming a one-shot deficit in the final round to claim the 2014 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open. Closing with an even-par round of 72 to finish at four-under, Richardson finished one shot ahead of Sam Brazel and Jared Pender. Pender came […]

May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
GMA launches The Green Book at national roadshows

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
Newly- reopened range has Plenty to celebrate

Newly- reopened range has Plenty to celebrate

After being closed for four years as a result of an expensive court battle, Plenty View Golf Park in Melbourne’s north east is looking forward to welcoming patrons back to a new and improved facility, following  its re-opening late last year. In late 2009, the driving range – located in the suburb of Plenty – […]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Schweppes helps juniors to ‘Tee it up’

Schweppes helps juniors to ‘Tee it up’

The past 12 months have been something that couldn’t be scripted with the resurrection of Golf here in Australia. The obvious catalyst for this was the 2013 breakthrough win at Augusta National, with Adam Scott creating history as the first ever Australian winner of the US Masters event. Adam’s commitment to play all Australian events […]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Clubs not ‘liking’ Facebook as much anymore

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
Golf Australia, PGA sign joint venture for junior golf

Golf Australia, PGA sign joint venture for junior golf

Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia have signed an historic joint venture agreement that will boost the landscape of junior golf development in Australia. Under the agreement, the PGA and Golf Australia will govern a single junior development program, MyGolf – as the one nationally recognised junior golf program that will act as the […]

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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 […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
New changes bring a new Scramble

New changes bring a new Scramble

With the introduction of a new handicapping system in Australia, the Holden Scramble continues to evolve, further strengthening its position as the number one Pro-Amateur team’s event in Australia. Golf Australia has introduced the Slope System to handicapping, which has modified the way an amateur calculates their handicap on a daily basis. Due to these […]

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
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 […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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, […]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Can we go back-to-back at Augusta?

Can we go back-to-back at Augusta?

Defending champion Adam Scott headlines Australia’s brigade of starters for the 2014 Masters – joined by Jason Day, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and 19-year-old West Australian Oliver Goss, who qualifies off the back of his runner-up finish at last year’s US Amateur Championship. Scott’s win last year and the top-four finishes […]

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Jones wins on PGA TOUR, books Augusta ticket

Jones wins on PGA TOUR, books Augusta ticket

Sydney’s Matt Jones has booked himself the final spot in the field at this week’s US Masters with a stunning come from behind victory at the Shell Houston Open. Chipping in for birdie on the first playoff hole, the Australian defeated overnight leader Matt Kuchar who had a six shot lead over Jones heading into […]

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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