Cops escape to Top End for Aussie champs, fun

Cops escape to Top End for Aussie champs, fun

A LARGE contingent of interstate police golfers managed to escape the winter cold and pending lockdowns in late July to take part in the Australian Police Golf Championships (APGC) in winter-warm Darwin. It was the first APGC held in Darwin for 23 years. Originally planned to be played in South Australia, the event was moved […]

Shelly Beach Covid Cup

Shelly Beach Covid Cup

By Kim Burke LOCKDOWN golf is different in every club and at the picturesque Shelly Beach GC on the NSW Central Coast it has necessitated a nine-hole competition and social play only to cater for its 1200-plus membership.  The women’s committee, through their 250-plus closed members Facebook group, decided to add a bit of fun […]

WA’s Melville Glades attracts women, girls

WA’s Melville Glades attracts women, girls

IN these harsh Covid-19 times across Australia, golf in all its forms – private and social club memberships, public course participation and those people who would normally be travelling throughout the country or overseas, are turning to golf. This is particularly so in Western Australia which, according to Golf WA CEO Gary Thomas. The State […]

Golf boom to continue, say general managers

Golf boom to continue, say general managers

By Paul Vardy TWO clear themes came out across the nation from the GMA Covid Insights Survey in September.   One, golf club and facility general managers around the country expect that the high demand for golf will continue over the next 12 months.   In a rating of zero for negative and 10 for […]

CLUB OF THE MONTH: Richmond Golf Club

CLUB OF THE MONTH: Richmond Golf Club

RICHMOND Golf Course may be the oldest in NSW, with a superb playing heritage, but it is getting some very modern refurbishments in the coming months to further improve its offering to players. Located at 34 Bourke Street, Richmond, the picturesque course, home to the annual Australian PGA Seniors Championship, has gracefully survived the battering […]

We Tried it! Golf Skate Caddy

We Tried it! Golf Skate Caddy

By David Ross I HAVE been playing golf for too many years to remember and have walked hundreds of golf courses across Australia pulling a buggy as well as driving in all brands of golf cars on the market, and I’ve seen the improvement of all battery-operated vehicles.  Anyway, recently I had the opportunity to […]

Toowoomba – blooming marvellous

Toowoomba – blooming marvellous

WHILE Toowoomba is well-known for its Carnival of Flowers, the city located on the Darling Downs has long been a golfing destination for professionals and amateurs alike. Located 120km from Brisbane (a scenic 90-minute drive) and 20 minutes from Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba, 700 metres above sea level, offers two championship golf courses – Toowoomba […]

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH : Paradise Motor Homes – striving for two decades to be an overnight success

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH : Paradise Motor Homes – striving for two decades to be an overnight success

ONCE upon a time, motorhome companies were considered at the ultra-end of the niche spectrum.  Add the word luxury into the mix, and it sharpened the market even further.   Even before the recent significant disruptions to the world as we knew it, we were noticing a shift in our customer base – from almost […]

Golf resort living for the ‘un-retiring’

Golf resort living for the ‘un-retiring’

FOR many golfers, retiring to a golf resort is the ultimate “un-retiring” lifestyle.  Not only can you walk to golf, but you’re surrounded by hectares of green space that you never have to mow. Less house and garden maintenance means more time for golf – and, of course, socialising afterwards! Living Choice Parkwood, overlooking the […]

Couple on course for their best lives

Couple on course for their best lives

KEEN golfers David Goss and Nancy Young are among the first deposit-holders to find their dream retirement apartment at The Ninth Middle Ridge beside Toowoomba Golf Club’s historic course. The couple play the course two or three times a week and Nancy is a life member after serving as the first female president of club. […]

Srixon introduces Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE: Start seeing double

Srixon introduces Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE: Start seeing double

SRIXON®, a global leader in golf ball technology and innovation, announces the all-new Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE. This exciting new golf ball offering from Srixon officially launches in Australia in mid-September, 2021.  “The new Q-STAR TOUR DIVIDE looks great, but it’s so much more than that,” said Brian Schielke, General Manager at Srixon. “Easier putting alignment […]

October 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

October 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

The October 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is available online This month: DESIGN ATTRACTIONFormer US Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy is shaping up as a top course designer IS IT FAIR?… to pay the winner of the Fedex Cup $US15M? CLUB OF THE MONTHRichmond Golf Club FAIRWAY FASHIONThe latest gear TOP TRAVELToowoomba and surrounds READ ONLINE […]

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – October 2021

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – October 2021

The October 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 […]

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 […]