Cassie, Tyler complete Keperra Bowl double

Cassie, Tyler complete Keperra Bowl double

FOUR months ago, Cassie Porter struggled to bend down to tie her laces without pain due to a serious back stress fracture. But using her mental strength, Porter, 19, mustered enough strength to lift the women’s Keperra Bowl after coming home with a wet sail over the final four holes with an eagle-birdie-birdie-par finish. The […]

GOLF COURSE OF THE MONTH – Palmer Coolum Resort

GOLF COURSE OF THE MONTH – Palmer Coolum Resort

WORD of mouth is a powerful advertising tool and it is making Palmer Coolum Resort a fan favourite all over again. This year golfers have been flocking to the Sunshine Coast to play one of Australia’s iconic layouts designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior. Yes, the resort did find the rough a number of years […]

There’s money in toting a golf bag

There’s money in toting a golf bag

BEING a good caddie on the PGA Tour can be financially rewarding – just ask Steve Williams who caddied for Tiger Woods from 1999 to 2011. Many tour bag toters earn hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and their bosses don’t mind paying them handsomely because it means they are finishing high up on leaderboards. […]

Only the best for Keperra Bowl

Only the best for Keperra Bowl

MANY leading golf tournaments (professional and amateur) are being cancelled or pushed back, but not the Keperra Bowl which has been played annually at Keperra Country Golf Club in Brisbane for the past 16 years. The prestigious Keperra Bowl, a 72-hole Golf Australia Order of Merit and R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking Event, is scheduled […]

Robert Allenby set for next chapter

Robert Allenby set for next chapter

CHAMPION golfer Robert Allenby, oftentimes a mysterious figure in golf circles, announced his return to golf after turning 50 in July … and falling out of a boat. Allenby has hardly played any golf in the past year, but he made his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Senior (British) Open at Sunningdale in England […]

PGA life membership for Mark ‘Gibbo’ Gibson

PGA life membership for Mark ‘Gibbo’ Gibson

PROFESSIONAL Mark Gibson recently joined an elite group of individuals when he was awarded life membership of the PGA of Australia. Gibson’s name now sits comfortably alongside the likes of Norman von Nida, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Charlie Earp, Paul King, Alex and Dave Mercer, Peter Senior, Graham Marsh, Rodger Davis, Ian Baker-Finch et al. […]

PGA silver lining has faded, but there’s still plenty to play for…$HOW US THE MONEY

PGA silver lining has faded, but there’s still plenty to play for…$HOW US THE MONEY

Many thoughts have been aired about the plight of the Australasian professional tour. Many years ago, the legendary Peter Thomson said Australia was just a nursery. Of course, there are others who bemoan the current state of the Australian Open – once considered by some as the world’s fifth major. Yet others wail that the […]

The day Laura took on ‘Long’ John and co

The day Laura took on ‘Long’ John and co

Way back in 1996, two of golf’s longest hitters of the golf ball faced a media scrum to promote an Australian Skins tournament at Sanctuary Cove. England’s Laura Davis looked relaxed while “Long” John Daly smiled nervously ahead of the tournament that also included five-time (British) Open champion Tom Watson and Aussie favourite Peter Senior. […]

$$$ and sense

$$$ and sense

There’s gold in them thar hills” warbled Frankie Marvin some nine decades ago. And today it’s a golden era for professional golfers good enough to make it on to the richest golf tour – the US PGA Tour. Unlike all other sports where athletes retire long before the age of 40, professional golfers on the […]

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 […]

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