GM riding 13th Beach wave of success

GM riding 13th Beach wave of success

A Scotsman with an accent as broad as the 45 holes he overlooks at Victoria’s 13th Beach Golf Links, general manager Craig Skimming exhorts the belief of fitness. “I like to keep fit so I do some mountain biking, beach walks and I have done a couple of half marathons,” said Skimming, who has been […]

John Coote – six decades a champion

John Coote – six decades a champion

Inverell Golf Club’s John Coote recently racked up his 18th club championship title, but what’s extraordinary is he has won the title in six successive decades. The 68-year-old won his first championship at the northern New South Wales club in 1977, aged 25, and continued his good form winning the championship in the ’80s, ’90s, […]

13th Beach women create club history

13th Beach women create club history

A skilled team of women golfers from 13th Beach Golf Links on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula created club history last month when it won the Division 1 pennant for the first time in the club’s short history. The club celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For the past 19 years, the 13th Beach Golf Links women […]

Ashgrove GM banking on a bright future

Ashgrove GM banking on a bright future

ASHGROVE Golf Club, just nine kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, lives up to its reputation as being a friendly club, and general manager Michael Ronan ensures that the members and guests enjoy service with a smile. Ronan, a golf fanatic and a very good player, has been at the helm at Ashgrove GC for seven years. […]

Club pro ‘Dicko’ the golf industry’s gain

Club pro ‘Dicko’ the golf industry’s gain

ONE of golf’s most successful club professionals “got into the golf industry by mistake”, but his love of the game helped him thrive beyond expectations. John “Dicko” Dixon has been the head professional at Melbourne’s Medway Golf Club for the past 32 years and doesn’t regret not following his chosen career path – accountancy and […]

Sandhurst CEO Tim Gledhill striving to be the best

Sandhurst CEO Tim Gledhill striving to be the best

CEO of Sandhurst Club Tim Gledhill runs one of Melbourne’s largest and most successful clubs. While Sandhurst Club cannot be compared with the majority of clubs, the sheer scale of its facility dwarfs most others. It boasts two championship 18-hole layouts, members’ bar, café with an outdoor piazza, restaurant, function centre, health club including a […]

Alice Springs Golf Club

Alice Springs Golf Club

AT sunset the Alice Springs Golf Club is bathed in a ribbon of golden colour. Stripes of drab brown and muted green become awash of crimson, orange, purple and golf as the days comes to an end on one of the world’s top-10 desert golf courses. As the sun descends, the ancient MacDonnell Ranges light […]

Meet Townsville Golf Club’s GM, Mitch Bligh

Meet Townsville Golf Club’s GM, Mitch Bligh

HE’S a direct descendant of Vice-Admiral William Bligh, is fluent in German and is the boss of Queensland’s oldest golf club. Four years ago, Mitch Bligh took on the role of general manager at Townsville Golf Club and is justifiably proud of his work and the club’s progress after it was smashed by floods a […]

GM Allan’s ‘unusual’ journey to Noosa GC

GM Allan’s ‘unusual’ journey to Noosa GC

ALLAN Harris has been at the helm at Noosa Golf Club for 12 years and, although his pathway to the top job was “unusual”, hard work and common sense has paid dividends. Harris’s working life began in the timber industry at Mount Gambier in South Australia and later Victoria and Queensland where he held a […]

Medway Superintendent Col is the bee’s knees

Medway Superintendent Col is the bee’s knees

FOR Medway Golf Club superintendent Colin Winterton, working within four walls was never going to cut it. He tried it early in his career at the Victorian Egg Board, but didn’t like being cooped up and opted for the alternative. Winterton’s working life in the great outdoors started at Werribee Park as a groundsman/mechanic before […]

Resort of the month: The Kooralbyn Valley

Resort of the month: The Kooralbyn Valley

SET at the foot of the McPherson Ranges some 90 kilometres from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, The Kooralbyn Valley (resort and golf course) is the one inland golf experience you won’t want to miss. The serene and distinctive beauty of its 18 holes is a complete departure from coastal resort courses.It’s a credit […]

Sim cards 268 to win Qld PGA in playoff

Sim cards 268 to win Qld PGA in playoff

  GOLD COAST-BASED Michael Sim edged out close mate Scott Arnold in a dramatic playoff to lift the Queensland PGA Championship trophy at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club. Sim carded rounds of 68-67-63-70 for a 268 total (12-under par) while Arnold returned scores of 70-64-65-69 – 268. Brad Kennedy, who fired a course record nine-under-par 61 […]

Carts’n’Parts steering golfers in the right direction

Carts’n’Parts steering golfers in the right direction

IF you are in the market for a new or used golf cart, the friendly staff at Carts’n’Parts will steer you in the right direction. The family-owned and operated business has attracted customers from all corners of the country to its two Gold Coast locations – Hope Island and Sanctuary Cove. Just last month, a […]

2019 Majors: Koepka easily wins majors title race

2019 Majors: Koepka easily wins majors title race

US PGA champion Brooks Koepka was the only major winner to make the cut in all four majors – the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship. Masters champion Tiger Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship and the Open Championship but he did finish in a tie for 21st at […]

Townsville courses cop belting

Townsville courses cop belting

  TOWNSVILLE’S three major golf courses – Tropics, Rowes Bay and Townsville – certainly felt the full brunt of the monsoonal rains that lashed north Queensland in early February. The major rain event dished up varying levels of damage with Tropics Golf Club being the least affected. They had a number of holes open for […]

Redcliffe solves pace of play issue

Redcliffe solves pace of play issue

WHO said it’s impossible to eliminate five-hour competition rounds of golf? Redcliffe Golf Club, located within the Moreton Bay region 28 kilometres north-northeast of Brisbane’s CBD, has virtually solved its pace of play issue and it did it within a month of installing the GolfTag system – a pace-of-play monitoring device. Since installing the Golf […]

Scott, Briese triumph in Central Queensland Junior Open

Scott, Briese triumph in Central Queensland Junior Open

CAPRICORN Resort’s Ben Scott and Charlotte Briese of Middlemount Golf Club have taken out the three-day Shanahan Swaffield Partners Central Queensland Junior Open in the boys and girls events respectively. Scott fired rounds of 76-70-72 for a 218 total to finish two shots clear of Blackwater Golf Club’s Brock Olive (73-73-74). In the A grade […]

Cameron Smith Junior Classic on again

Cameron Smith Junior Classic on again

OUT at a very excited Wantima Country Club in Brisbane, the Cameron Smith Junior Classic is on again. Excited because one of its favourite sons, Australian PGA champion Cameron Smith, will make an appearance during the Friday, December 7 tournament to meet and chat with some of the players. And there’s more than a strong […]

Junior success for Medway GC

Junior success for Medway GC

MELBOURNE’S Medway Golf Club is experiencing a spike in its junior ranks and it’s more by design than accident. In the past year, the club has become a magnet for junior golfers keen on developing their golfing skills and it’s largely due to its close relationship with nearby Maribyrnong Sports Academy (MSA). With 47 junior […]

Neil finds off-course retail success

Neil finds off-course retail success

PGA professional Neil Clutterbuck’s off-course retail businesses are far-removed from the hustle of his former life as a golf club head professional but he says the switch from on-course to off-course retail has definitely been worth it. His two golf shops – Peter Toyne Clubhouse Golf in Geelong and Golf Clothing Depot in Braeside, Melbourne […]

Jake joins his brother as champion

Jake joins his brother as champion

YEPPOON’S Jake Swaffield has followed in his brother Ben’s footsteps by winning the Boyne Island Junior Open recently. Ben won it last year. Played in difficult weather conditions (rain and wind) Jake defeated fellow junior Yeppoon member Quinn Stover in a playoff after both players returned scores of 79. Rockhampton’s Caitlyn Cox won the junior […]

Rough road ahead for Balgowlah

Rough road ahead for Balgowlah

BALGOWLAH Golf Club, located in the northern suburbs of Sydney, is fighting for its golfing life. The club’s president Bill Colwell told Inside Golf the state government’s current plan for the Beaches Link Tunnel would inevitably end almost a century of golfing at Balgowlah. “The state government proposes to use Balgowlah golf course as a […]

Isuzu extends Queensland Open sponsorship

Isuzu extends Queensland Open sponsorship

JUST prior to Jordan Zunic sinking the winning putt at the Isuzu Queensland Open at The Brisbane Golf Club, news filtered through of another victory … this time for Queensland golf. The good news for golf fans is Australia’s premier truck brand, Isuzu, extended its long-term sponsorship of the Queensland Open until the end of […]

Club of the month: Gailes Golf Club

Club of the month: Gailes Golf Club

GAILES Golf Club, originally known as Goodna Golf Club, is renowned for having one of the best layouts in Queensland. In fact, it was rated good enough to host the 1955 Australian Open won by South African great Bobby Locke. But long before Locke won the national open at Gailes, another world-beater rated the course […]

GM Mark Brady keeps eye on ball

GM Mark Brady keeps eye on ball

  IT was inevitable Mark Brady, the general manager at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, would end up with a career in sport. A sports fanatic from a young age, Brady first worked in the banking industry (10 years) followed by a role as a sales administrator that lasted five years. He then set […]

Wembley Golf Course

Wembley Golf Course

WHEN the owners of a golfing facility pour $30 million into improving it for the benefit of golfers and the local community you know you are going to have something special. Wembley Golf Course, a Town of Cambridge council-owned and run facility, is considered a jewel in the West Australian capital. A golfing facility of […]

Hetherington’s classic call to women

Hetherington’s classic call to women

IT’S 27 years since Rachel Hetherington won her first of two South Pacific Ladies Open Classic, but that hasn’t stopped being involved in the popular 54-hole tournament to be played at Surfers Paradise Golf Club from October 8-10. As tournament patron, Hetherington is urging women golfers to enter the tournament, which is played in four […]

McLeod GC reflects on junior success

McLeod GC reflects on junior success

LAST year, McLeod Golf Club in Brisbane launched two scholarship opportunities for juniors aged 5-12 and 13-18 and it appears the initiative is reaping the rewards. The club’s general manager Sean Kennedy told Inside Golf the fully-funded scholarship packages were designed to help take their game to the next level. The scholarships are ongoing with […]

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 […]

Sandgreens success in CQ

Sandgreens success in CQ

YEPPOON Golf Club’s Joey Kimbara and Bernie Antcliff won the men’s and women’s (respectively) Central Queensland Sandgreen Open Championships last month. Kimbara defeated Rockhampton Golf Club’s Shaun Antcliff on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff after the pair had returned rounds of nine-under par 61s at Mt Morgan golf course. It was Kimbara’s […]

City GC lights up Darling Downs

City GC lights up Darling Downs

CITY Golf Club at Toowoomba on the Darling Downs is a big believer in the adage share and share alike. As one of the most financially successful clubs in Queensland, City Golf Club for the past five years has been sharing its success with less fortunate golf clubs in the district and even one outside […]

Webb surprises juniors

Webb surprises juniors

AUSTRALIA’S greatest major winner and former world number one Karrie Webb made a surprise visit to Rowes Bay Golf Club in Townsville over Easter. Webb, who has won seven majors, presented the prizes of the 36-hole City of Townsville Junior Classic Championship to winners Tara Jenkins (Ayr Golf Club) and Levi Vincent (Paradise Palms). What […]

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 […]

Boonah GC celebrates milestone

Boonah GC celebrates milestone

QUEENSLAND’S Boonah Golf Club, affectionately known as the Fairway of the Scenic Rim, celebrated its 90th anniversary in style recently. More than 140 players took part in the two-day event including PGA of Australia CEO and “Boonah boy” Gavin Kirkman. “I felt proud to be involved in this special occasion and cannot wait to come […]

Wendy aces top job at Beerwah

Wendy aces top job at Beerwah

  NON-GOLFER Wendy Carey never thought she would carry the title “general manager” when she started a part-time job at Beerwah Golf Club on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. “I had never been involved in golf when I started working here and I certainly had no idea it would lead to the manager’s job,” she said. After […]

Carbrook Pink Bag Club donates $6100

Carbrook Pink Bag  Club donates $6100

THE Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) received a much-needed $6100 financial boost last month thanks to the generosity of the Carbrook Pink Bag Club. Formed in 2006, the “Club” within Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane’s southeast has grown and now boasts more than 120 members. In the past 12 years it has donated more […]

Ionna Muir, 10, one to watch

Ionna Muir, 10, one to watch

SHE is only a 10-year-old and already Ionna Muir’s golf is rated 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 for her age. That’s because when Ionna hits the golf ball, other golfers take more than a passing interest. Not much taller than a golf bag, the youngster plays out of the Maroochy River Golf […]

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

IN common with great golf courses everywhere, Brookwater, located at Springfield, 30 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD and 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, is very much a product of its natural surroundings. There is an aesthetic quality to the Greg Norman-designed course and a self-conscious reverence for nature. The course is quite different, of course, […]

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 […]

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