Golf’s boom: how do we keep it going … and growing?

Golf’s boom: how do we keep it going … and growing?

By Karrie Webb WITH golf booming over the past 18 months during the Covid-19 pandemic, with participation and membership numbers up for the first time in years, now is not the time for status quo but for progress and change.  Golf has always been slowly reactionary rather than being proactive in elevating and changing our […]

More women focus on golf industry careers

More women focus on golf industry careers

By Michael Davis IT comes as no surprise to learn there is a dearth of women in the golf industry. But there are many different career pathways available for women in golf and a recent webinar series has helped spread that message. The series – Careers in Golf – was backed by the PGA of […]

Should golf be an Olympic sport?

Should golf be an Olympic sport?

Bunker-to-bunker ….. Inside Golf writers have their say. By David Newbery FOR me, the current format doesn’t cut it so it’s a no. Besides, golf at the Olympics doesn’t mean much to the world’s best players. If the Olympic golf event was held in the same week as the Masters, Open Championship, US Open or […]

Ryder Cup excitement builds

Ryder Cup excitement builds

By Michael Davis and David Newbery IT was not until the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 1998 that most Australians were able to witness firsthand what being part of a team means to golfers who usually play individual events. The event was in its infancy but you could have cut the air with a […]

Outback Queensland awaits golfers

Outback Queensland awaits golfers

THE 2021 Outback Queensland Masters only recently completed its 1900km journey across Outback Queensland, but players are already planning to take part in the 2022 tournament. Next year’s event will again take players across outback Queensland … all the way to Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert where a $1 million hole-in-one prize […]

Last chance to WIN a golfing holiday package for two!

Last chance to WIN a golfing holiday package for two!

Inside Golf, Handiskins and Peter Lehmann Wines are offering a great prize to one lucky reader: a Golfing Holiday Package for 2 people (Twin Share or King room) at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from Wednesday 4th May to Sunday 8th May 2022. The “Peter Lehmann Wines Golf Challenge Giveaway Package” is valued at $2,999 […]

Super day for Muree GC’s super

Super day for Muree GC’s super

WHAT is a course superintendent’s plan of action when he has a wish list for new equipment, including a much-needed turf cutter? Well, in the case of Muree Golf Club’s super Robert Baker you casually mention it to a club member whose wife just happens to be a staff member and keen golfer. That is […]

CLUB OF THE MONTH – Gisborne Golf Club – Centenary celebration

CLUB OF THE MONTH – Gisborne Golf Club – Centenary celebration

THE township of Gisborne, often referred to as “the Village in the Valley”, nestles in the southern slopes of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.   Only 55kms from Melbourne GPO and 40kms from Tullamarine airport, the Macedon Ranges are one of Victoria’s tourism highlights. Located on the fringe of the township but at a higher elevation, Gisborne […]

Meet GM Bonaventure Tai

Meet GM Bonaventure Tai

By Michael Davis BONAVENTURE Tai has taken a circuitous route to the manager’s position at the Chalambar Golf and Bowls Club in Ararat about 200 kilometres west of Melbourne. Born in the Cook Islands, he worked in accommodation and hospitality before moving to New Zealand in the 1990s where he worked in beverage and hospitality […]

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got

By Paul Vardy WE see Covid-19 related lockdowns having a major impact on lives and livelihoods as governments try to contain the spread of the virus.  Amongst golf clubs and facilities, an ever-changing patchwork of rule changes in a climate of strong demand for golf, is causing a level of frustration.   Rules, such as […]

On Course Golf and Bike Exchange creators freewheel into new golf partnership

On Course Golf and Bike Exchange creators freewheel into new golf partnership

ON COURSE GOLF provides business support to more than 200 PGA golf professionals and clubs around the country.  Recently, they launched Australia’s first online golf marketplace, enabling golfers to connect with and buy from their favourite pro shop online. Inside Golf caught up with CEO Geoff Miles to find out more about the new venture.  […]

Get into Motion with adidas footwear

Get into Motion with adidas footwear

GOLFERS today demand a lot from their shoes and that’s why adidas Golf has transformed the upper of its ZG21 and made it even more sustainable. The new ZG21 Motion range perfectly combines fit with function, and it offers golfers of all skill levels a high-performance spiked shoe that’s lightweight with zero compromises.  Whether it […]

The Mornington Peninsula – Australia’s golfing playground

The Mornington Peninsula – Australia’s golfing playground

Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s most popular golfing destinations. Featuring some of the country’s highest-rated courses along with jaw-dropping scenery, golfers are spoiled for choice. Tweet

NSW golfing magic

NSW golfing magic

Whether you choose the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens, you will have hit on a region rich in golfing treasures. Each region can boast numerous top-quality golf courses and venues which we feature a selection of the finest in these areas. For golfers who are easily distracted, there are magnificent beaches and wineries and […]

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – September 2021

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – September 2021

The September 2021 Australian Golf Demo Date Listings are now online, featuring upcoming Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at an Australian golf club near you! NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, It is highly recommended that you contact the club or course prior to your visit to ensure the event […]

September 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

September 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

The September 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is available online This month: RYDER CUP SHOWDOWNWill Team Europe retain the trophy at Whistling Straights? SHOULD GOLF BE AN OLYMPIC SPORT? CLUB OF THE MONTHGisbourne Golf Club TECH ON THE TEEThe latest gadgets to help improve your game TOP TRAVELMornington Peninsula, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens READ […]

The iron age of golf

The iron age of golf

By Paul Vardy Many people in golf have wondered for years what would be the impact of a recession on golf participation.   Would people have less money to play or would people with more time, play more golf?   The COVID recession of 2020, with two quarters of negative growth, was so unusual and […]

Massive mini-golf facility for Oxley GC

Massive mini-golf facility for Oxley GC

Historic near unanimous vote by the members of Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane has paved the way for a significant development project at the club. Following nine months of planning and investigation, the club recently started the construction of a unique mini-golf facility, which will be positioned on what was the par-3 ninth hole. The […]

Lady president a ‘first’ for Boonah Golf Club

Lady president a ‘first’ for Boonah Golf Club

Boonah Golf Club members recently elected its first female president in the club’s 93-year history. Ms Bernice Dover, 66, was elected unopposed, together with a new management committee, at a special general meeting. Ms Dover, a former human resources professional with some 30 years experience nationally and internationally, said she wanted to “build the club’s […]

Hickory event heads Down Under

Hickory event heads Down Under

Certainly the pandemic and travel restrictions has changed golf and how it is played all around the world. Even organisers of the National Hickory Championships, which have been played in the US for 23 years, were forced to make changes to allow “foreigners” a chance to compete. For those that could not play at the […]

Cranbourne’s triple treat

Cranbourne’s triple treat

By Michael Davis It’s big news when anyone has a hole-in-one at your club. But at Cranbourne, in Melbourne’s south-east, they’re claiming what must be some sort of a record after three members scored aces in eight days – two of them in three days. Steven Leigh and Mark Hammerschlag landed their gems on the […]

Pandemic keeping golf industry healthy

Pandemic keeping golf industry healthy

By Michael Davis No matter what level we play the great game of golf, everyone is aware that in Covid times it is increasingly difficult to obtain a tee time. Now the boom in Australian golf, which has been quite anecdotally, has been confirmed by the release of official AusPlay statistics. They show that golf […]

GMA, ASTMA a ‘perfect marriage’

GMA, ASTMA a ‘perfect marriage’

By Michael Davis It seems like the perfect marriage between two organisations pivotal to the success and enjoyment of golf across the nation. GMA (Golf Management Australia) and ASTMA (the Australian Sports Turf Managers’ Association) will deliver Australia’s largest golf industry conference and trade exhibition in Melbourne next year. It will be held at the […]

NSW supers in the spotlight

NSW supers in the spotlight

Two prominent superintendents from busy NSW courses were lauded for their efforts last month at the National Turf Industry Awards dinner. Cypress Lakes Resort’s Craig Molloy and Eastlake GC’s Nathan Bradbury were in the spotlight as their fellow superintendents acknowledged their extraordinary efforts. Molloy has been at Oaks Cypress Lakes for the past seven years […]

Outback ace lands ACT golfer $10K

Outback ace lands ACT golfer $10K

Australian Northern Territory golfer David Pennell struck it rich when he landed a hole-in-one at Quilpie Golf Club during the Outback Queensland Masters tournament. Pennell, who plays out of the Murrumbidgee Golf Club, picked up $10,000 for his effort playing Quilpie’s remote sand greens layout. “After 51 years of playing golf, I finally hit a […]

Centenary Celebration: Waratah Golf Club

Centenary Celebration: Waratah Golf Club

Waratah Golf Club is about to chalk up a major milestone of 100 years on their present site. The club is planning to celebrate in style with some major events scheduled before the end of the year and leading up to their December 3 anniversary. The club’s officials have put together a time-line of one […]

Marc Leishman shoots 65 after emotional reunion

Marc Leishman shoots 65 after emotional reunion

By Cameron Morfit, PGATOUR.COM Hadn’t seen parents for nearly 18 months due to pandemic, Australia lockdown Marc Leishman sinks a 17-foot birdie on No. 17 in Round 1 at WGC-FedEx St. Jude It was a nice round that got him right in the thick of it despite having traveled across 14 time zones. But Marc Leishman’s 5-under […]

August 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

August 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

The August 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is available online This month: $$$ AND SENSELook who’s earning the big bucks FATHER’S DAY IDEASTop golf gifts for Dad CLUB OF THE MONTHLynwood Golf & Country Club DRIVING RANGE OF THE MONTHThe 19th Golf Driving Range WARATAH GOLF CLUBCentenary celebrations READ ONLINE HERE Tweet

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – August 2021

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – August 2021

The August 2021 Australian Golf Demo Date Listings are now online, featuring upcoming Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at an Australian golf club near you! NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, It is highly recommended that you contact the club or course prior to your visit to ensure the event […]

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd new lease arrangement

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd new lease arrangement

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd has entered into a new lease arrangement with Peregian Springs Golf Holdings P/L, effective July 14th, 2021. The new lease conditions allow a number of significant improvements to be made on the course layout, in accordance to the guidelines contained in a detailed report provided by highly acclaimed golf course […]

Mighty Murray River Golf Tour

Mighty Murray River Golf Tour

In the past five years, one Australian golf destination has been most visited by the core golf tourist. Care to take a guess which destination? Well, you might be surprised to know that it is the Murray River. With 37 courses lining its historic banks, the majestic Murray offers not only a rich education on […]

Tee off on a Trendsetter Travel adventure

Tee off on a Trendsetter Travel adventure

Golfers are a funny lot. Jack Nicklaus reports that Australia and New Zealand are the only places in the world where he is urged to make golf courses more challenging, not easier!  The 48 golfers recently hosted by Trendsetter Travel Golf Tours at the notoriously difficult Hamilton Island Golf Course (located on nearby Dent Island), […]

Go West – Explore the golfing gold of Western Australia!

Go West – Explore the golfing gold of Western Australia!

For a great golf holiday, it’s hard to find better value than Western Australia. In the West, they weave intriguing layouts, quality resorts, soothing spas, gourmet dining and blend urban cool with raw natural beauty. Here you’ll discover golf courses as good as anywhere in Australia and abroad. To be sure, golf is on the […]

Golf on the NSW Central Coast

Golf on the NSW Central Coast

Known for its golden beaches, pristine natural parks and alluring weather, the NSW Central Coastis also home to some tantalising golf courses. Tweet

Golfing Made Easy with Batteries and Accessories from R&J Batteries

Golfing Made Easy with Batteries and Accessories from R&J Batteries

WE TRIED IT! Golfers need a lot of accessories from clubs and towels to cooler bags and much more. However, the accessory that could let you down the most on the golf course is an unreliable golf cart battery. Australia’s fastest-growing battery company, R&J Batteries, carry a large range of reliable golf cart batteries from […]

Stinger Golf Push Buggy and Bag

Stinger Golf Push Buggy and Bag

WE TRIED IT! In the April Issue, I wrote a “Business Spotlight” feature on Australian Golf Equipment (AGE) and their full rangeof golf products (See it on our website: https://bit.ly/3cEnerw). Among their many products/brands are HillBilly Australia, the Australian distributor of the new 2021 HillBilly electric golf buggy (see the listing in this feature), and […]

Hit the sweet-spot with Sugar Golf

Hit the sweet-spot with Sugar Golf

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH Many club golfers and virtually all social (casual) golfers have at one time or another been in this position. That is standing on the tee box of a 150-metre par-3, the flag waving menacingly in the distance with the span between tee and green magnified by a large pond separating the […]

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

Mornington GC Moving forward The next stage of construction works at Mornington Golf Club, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, has commenced.  The project involves a complete rebuild of the Club’s par-4 6th hole.   Those familiar with the course will know that the current tee shot on the 6th is too difficult, especially for shorter hitters. […]

Display apartment opens at golf course retirement community

Display apartment opens at golf course retirement community

An exciting milestone in the creation of Living Choice Parkwood, a 200-apartment retirement community to be built at Parkwood Golf Course, was celebrated on 22nd May when the village’s first display apartment was unveiled to the public. Living Choice Parkwood, described as ‘Golf resort living for the un-retiring’, is Living Choice’s 11th retirement village and […]

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