Wanamaker Trophy up for grabs

Wanamaker Trophy up for grabs

SEVENTY-FIVE years ago Jim Ferrier got the ball rolling for Australia at the US PGA Championship when he defeated American Chick Harbert 2&1in the final played at Plum Hollow Golf Club in Michigan. For the first 41 years (1916-1957) the tournament was a matchplay contest. Since Ferrier’s famous victory in 1947, four other Aussies have […]

What if they weren’t there?

What if they weren’t there?

IF ever golf course superintendents, greenkeepers and volunteers needed recognition for their service to the golf industry it is now – especially after witnessing the devastating floods in South East Queensland, northern NSW and Sydney. In years past, Australia has witnessed not only floods but fires and drought, and yet the stewards of our golf […]

Big events don’t need superstars

Big events don’t need superstars

GEOFF Ogilvy is a professional golfer with a distinguished career on the world’s golfing stage.  Among his long list of achievements is winning eight PGA Tour titles including the 2006 US Open, three World Golf Championships as well as the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship. Three times he represented the International Team at the […]

Brad builds dream backyard hole

Brad builds dream backyard hole

BRAD Heuchan has never had a hole-in-one, but he has had “about” 100 aces. He’s simply lost count. Confused? Well, the 100 aces have been scored on his well-manicured short hole he designed and built in the backyard of his home, which is located 100m from Pacific Dunes golf course at Medowie, not far from […]

The Longest Day golf challenge raises $2.5m

The Longest Day golf challenge raises $2.5m

THERE were many fatigued golfers around the nation following the Cancer Council’s The Longest Day golf challenge, but despite players’ tiredness they still managed to raise a glass when it was announced more than $2.5m was raised for the Cancer Council. Keperra Country Golf Club, located in the north-west of Brisbane, led the charged and […]

Rankings movers and shakers

Rankings movers and shakers

LAST year was a year of mixed world ranking results for the large Australian contingent. The results panned out to be a bit like the board game Snakes and Ladders with some players climbing a ladder while others rolled the dice and ended up going down with the dreaded snake. Australia’s top-ranked player, Cameron Smith, […]

Ocean Shores Country Club turns 50

Ocean Shores Country Club turns 50

IT’S been 50 years since the first ever golf ball was launched down the first fairway at Ocean Shores CC and over the five decades the club has managed to combine the attraction of a resort-style facility with the charm and personality of a local golf club. First-time visitors to Ocean Shores CC in the […]

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

IT was a tough start to the year for Australian professionals and golf fans with the passing of Bob Shearer. Shearer, a PGA of Australia life member, suffered a heart attack and passed away on January 9, aged 73. He ranks among the finest golfers Victoria has produced and is only one of a few […]

Cam Davis eyes Presidents Cup spot

Cam Davis eyes Presidents Cup spot

AUSSIE Cameron Smith is dominating the headlines after starting the year on a high by winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but another Cameron (Cameron Davis) has set his sights on winning again on the PGA Tour. Davis, who made it into the Sentry Tournament of Champions field courtesy of winning the PGA Tour’s Rocket […]

Making the cut is hard to do

Making the cut is hard to do

NO,” was Cameron Smith’s blunt answer to a journalist who asked the winner of the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions if he would shave off his mullet. “Are you going to keep that thing forever,” was the journo’s follow up question. Smith’s reply: “I don’t think forever, but for the time being it’s hanging in.” […]

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

IT was a tough start to the year for Australian professionals and golf fans with the passing of Bob Shearer. Shearer, a PGA of Australia life member, suffered a heart attack and passed away on January 9, aged 73. He ranks among the finest golfers Victoria has produced and is only one of a few […]

That (2021) was a year, was it?

That (2021) was a year, was it?

PLEASE tick the appropriate box below to rate 2021 as a golf year to remember. The choices are: excellent, riveting, okay, interesting, ho hum and what happened for me? Several factors should be taken into consideration before ticking begins. Ignore, if you will, all the negative things like Covid-19 and forced lockdowns to “keep us […]

Fanfare opening to Oxley’s latest venture

Fanfare opening to Oxley’s latest venture

CHRISTMAS arrived early for the members of Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane with the opening of the TopStroke short course in early December. The mini-golf facility is terrific and is one of the largest built in Australia – just over 3200m2 which includes 18 mini-golf holes along with a further nine-hole practice putting green that […]

The ins and outs of golf in 2022

The ins and outs of golf in 2022

GROWING up in Rhodesia (modern Zimbabwe), my parents, my brother, sister and I would board a train for Cape Town, South Africa to holiday with my grandparents on my mother’s side during the December/January holiday period. Of German heritage, my grandfather had some strange habits including leaving the front and back doors of the house […]

Stephen’s super time at Beerwah GC

Stephen’s super time at Beerwah GC

LATE last year Beerwah Golf Club in the Sunshine Coast hinterland organised a special evening to thank its sponsors and volunteers for their contributions throughout the year. They also invited the club’s superintendent Stephen Milgate to attend the function. An unassuming character, Milgate didn’t know the club also wanted to pay tribute to him for […]

Sticking to the rules

Sticking to the rules

IT is the duty of every golfer to have a good working knowledge of the Rules of Golf, but all too often club golfers test the boundaries and bend the rules in their favour. The game’s founding fathers put a lot of thought into the rules and some of the best legal eagles have refined […]

‘One-Putt’ Wayne IG’s top tipster

‘One-Putt’ Wayne IG’s top tipster

WHEN it comes to tipping winners and high place-getters on the PGA Tour, Wayne Hoger (aka One-Putt) is your go-to man. Last month, Wayne, who plays his golf at Cabarlah Golf Course just outside Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, finished atop Inside Golf’s Teepster tipping competition. And for his amazing tipping prowess he won a […]

Move to forward tees, says US Open winner

Move to forward tees, says US Open winner

FORMER US Open winner Jim Furyk has some sage advice for golfers who have reached the age of 50 – play off the forward tees. The 51-year-old, who won the 2003 US Open and the 2021 US Senior Open, says golf is “fun again” now that he’s on the US Tour Champions and playing from […]

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 […]

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