Handicapping system – is it fair?

Handicapping system – is it fair?

I APPRECIATE what they’re trying to do … seriously I do. A world handicapping system is a great idea, but I am really beginning to think it isn’t really working. When it was introduced a couple of years ago, authorities told us that handicapping in Australia using the WHS (World Handicap System) would involve less […]

Golf world mourns Aussie great

Golf world mourns Aussie great

JACK Newton probably should have won at least two major championships. He was beaten in an 18-hole playoff for the 1975 British Open by the great Tom Watson and also finished second in the 1980 US Masters behind another great in Seve Ballesteros. Amazingly, that will not be how Jack Newton will be remembered. His […]

Siblings’ historic Liverpool double

Siblings’ historic Liverpool double

THERE’S nothing like producing a winning streak in the family … especially when it comes to club championships. And if ever you doubted whether or not golf was a game for youngsters, take a drive out to Liverpool Golf Club and find out for yourself. Siblings Mirabelle and Adam Naaman created club history there when […]

Juniors on song at Beverley Park GC

Juniors on song at Beverley Park GC

THE late, great teaching pro Bill McWilliam always rated Sarah Kemp as one of his most talented proteges. So, it was fitting that Kemp should be present when McWilliam’s home club, Beverley Park, in Sydney’s south, proudly hosted the annual Bill McWilliam OAM St George Boys Junior Masters. It was run in conjunction with the […]

NSW Open to go ahead at Concord

NSW Open to go ahead at Concord

IT’S regarded as one of Sydney’s truest championship courses. And Concord Golf Club has vowed to be at its best when some of the best golfers in the country venture there next month for the $400,000 Golf Challenge NSW Open Championship. Tournament dates have been set for March 17 to 20 for an event with […]

GM Kate also the head professional

GM Kate also the head professional

WHEN it comes to Castlecove Golf Club, if the cap doesn’t fit … then try on another one. At least that’s the case for long-serving club manager AND head professional at Castlecove, Kate Macdouall. After serving as head professional at the popular nine-hole course, Macdouall was appointed club manager in 2018 as well. And to […]

A solution to Europe’s Ryder Cup blues

A solution to Europe’s Ryder Cup blues

I’M going in to bat for Italian Costantino Rocca to be the next Ryder Cup captain when the Americans head to the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome in 2023. Why? Because Rocca would know all the ingredients of an authentic Italian pizza. He could lace it with something like salami, or anchovies […]

Holes-in-one run in the family

Holes-in-one run in the family

SCORING a hole-in-one might be a rarity in most people’s golf games. And Inside Golf has long since given up recording such feats – as they seem to occur a lot more often than the odds would suggest. Yet, Ian and Dawn Campbell have beaten the ‘ace odds’ in a much different way, which is […]

GM Ben Russell settled at Long Reef

GM Ben Russell settled at Long Reef

A SEDATE walk around the headland that rings the entire 18 holes will only make you agree with the late, great Australian golfer Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open. Thomson once described Long Reef as the best site of any golf course in Sydney. You don’t need to convince Ben Russell, the […]

Meet Bayview GM Sandra Calabretta

Meet Bayview GM Sandra Calabretta

THE pandemic certainly changed the golfing environment in New South Wales. And while it has confined most golfers in Sydney to playing in their own local government area, it actually has had some benefits, of a different kind, for some clubs. Take Bayview Golf Club on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, for instance, and their general manager […]

REGIONAL CLUB OF THE MONTH – Griffith Golf Club

REGIONAL CLUB OF THE MONTH – Griffith Golf Club

DON’T cruise into Griffith Golf Club and think you’ll ‘carve it up’ because you’ve heard there are few bunkers and no water holes. This layout is widely regarded as one of the best in the Riverina and is a stern test of anybody’s golf skills. And here are just some of the reasons why. Griffith […]

Club of the Month: Lynwood Golf and Country Club

Club of the Month: Lynwood Golf and Country Club

Golfers are a hardy bunch. They’ll go out and play in just about any conditions. But nothing could really prepare them for the hurdles that Lynwood Golf and Country Club has had to endure over the past couple of years. The experts say a storm such as that they were subjected to comes along about […]

Driving Range of the Month: The 19th Golf Driving Range

Driving Range of the Month: The 19th Golf Driving Range

When David Zahra and Elias Sarkis took over the 19th Golf Driving Range in Sydney’s west, they felt they had a blank canvas at their disposal and began to improve the whole complex – stroke by stroke. It’s fair to say that the 19th Golf Driving Range is now widely regarded as western Sydney’s newest […]

Five Monash golfers breaking their age

Five Monash golfers breaking their age

Most golfers are in two minds when asked what they would prefer . . . a hole in one, or a par round during their golf careers. But there is another ‘Holy Grail’ in golf and usually it is far beyond the likes of most golfers. That is breaking your age around a golf course. […]

Volunteers make a difference at Dunedoo

Volunteers make a difference at Dunedoo

As you drive into Dunedoo, a tiny town west of Sydney with a population of about 800, the sign says: ‘Where the people make the difference’. And that was tested to the utmost when their golf course was ploughed up by a vandal on a tractor one night recently, destroying the nine-hole golf course. Enter […]

Sydney clubs battle floods

Sydney clubs battle floods

IT will forever go down as a time when survival suddenly became far more important than golf for a few days in Sydney’s north-west. When torrential rain flooded Sydney and the Warragamba Dam overflowed, a game of golf was probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. Yet saving their golf courses still became a priority […]

60 years for Nelson Bay

60 years for Nelson Bay

PERHAPS the only thing missing from Nelson Bay Golf Club’s storied history is recognition outside of one of the most popular holiday spots in our country, Port Stephens. Just about everything else has been squeezed into its 60 years. There’s been fires, floods, name changes, birthdays, anniversaries…you name it, and it has probably happened in […]

Gathering the RIGHT data for your course or club

Gathering the RIGHT data for your course or club

CRUISING up the Pacific Highway in New South Wales on a Sunday afternoon recently only made me certain that On-Pin should almost be mandatory at some golf clubs in this country. With the sun shining and perfect spring weather forecast, you would think golf courses would be packed with youngsters, beginners, veterans – you name […]

Verifeye helping Manly crush slow play

Verifeye helping Manly crush slow play

WHAT’S the hottest topic on the balcony after your golf round? Don’t answer that question, because I think I already know the answer. Slow play continues to be the bane of all golf clubs these days…and it is costing golf clubs a percentage of its members. We’re all too time-poor these days, so to stand […]

Club of the Month: Pennant Hills

Club of the Month: Pennant Hills

It wouldn’t be fair to say it’s business as usual at Pennant Hills Golf Club these days. That’s because it’s a heck of a lot more than that, following major construction works to the tune of around $7.0m, giving the whole club a new, much-more-modern look. The old pro shop, down near Copeland Road, for […]

Mission Hills worth the trip

Mission Hills worth the trip

YOU’VE got a bucket list, right? Let’s face it, most of us do. Well, give some serious thought to adding to it. You just have to include a golf expedition to the famous Mission Hills in China somewhere on that list … and mark my words, you’re doing yourself, and your golf experiences, a dis-service […]