Golf Industry

Golf NSW appoints Regional Managers to boost participation programs

Golf NSW appoints Regional Managers to boost participation programs

Golf NSW, in conjunction with Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG), has appointed eight Regional Managers to deliver participation programs and club support services throughout NSW and the Australian Capital Territory. Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the appointments are a first for the two closely-aligned organisations, and a significant commitment to not only golf […]

Report: Golf rounds booming in Australia

Report: Golf rounds booming in Australia

Golf is experiencing a pandemic-inspired boom, a new report has confirmed. In its Australian Golf Rounds – Trends and Impacts of Covid-19 report, Golf Australia confirms that despite parts of Victorian golf being shuttered for extended periods of 2020, year-to-date rounds played nationally are down only 1 per cent by the end of August. If […]

International #ThankASuper, #ThankAGreenkeeper Day to honour golf course management professionals

International #ThankASuper, #ThankAGreenkeeper Day to honour golf course management professionals

As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing requirements, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 September 2020, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) in conjunction with other global superintendent and turf management organisations, is recognising those who help keep the game going […]

Report: Golf memberships rise for first time in 21 years

Report: Golf memberships rise for first time in 21 years

For the first time in 21 years, Australian golf club membership has risen in the past year. The 2019 Golf Australia Participation Report has revealed a 0.05 per cent increase, the first of its kind since 1998. Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold acknowledged the “fantastic result”, just one of several promising numbers in the report, […]

Australia’s golf courses playing a role in our sustainable future

Australia’s golf courses playing a role in our sustainable future

Australian golfers have always known the courses they play on offer more than just a round of golf. They know that playing the game can not only benefit the wellbeing and social connectivity of its participants, but also the significant role that Australian golf courses play in the protection of our environment. Golf: Benefits to […]

Australian Golf Centre to unite golf’s peak bodies

Australian Golf Centre to unite golf’s peak bodies

Australian golf will find a new home in the heart of Melbourne’s Sandbelt with a new state-of-the-art facility to be built. The Australian Golf Centre will be the new headquarters for Golf Australia, PGA of Australia, Golf Victoria and Sandringham Golf Links Management. The $18.8 million project, majority funded by the Victorian Government’s $15.3 million […]

R&A Launches £7 million Covid-19 Funding Package

R&A Launches  £7 million Covid-19 Funding Package

The R&A today launched a £7 million funding package, The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund, to help golf deal with the impact of the pandemic. The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland. With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in […]

Ask not what your golf club can do for you

Ask not what your golf club can do for you

How are golf club members responding to membership renewals during this chaotic Covid-19 situation? How are you responding? Here’s a very insightful opinion piece from Ian Cottle, GM of Burleigh Golf Club on this very topic: The last six to eight weeks has seen incredible change both here in Australia, and around the globe, with […]

Covid-19: The R&A announces Temporary Modifications to the Rules of Golf

Covid-19: The R&A  announces Temporary Modifications to the Rules of Golf

The R&A and Golf Australia have announced a series of temporary measures that will enable clubs to remove any hygiene implications related to complying with the Rules of Golf. These temporary measures are effective immediately and allow the Rules of Golf, and Model Local Rules, to be modified as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. […]

March 18: Latest advice from Golf Australia and the GMA

Golf Australia and the GMA have today announced the following advice regarding Covid-19: —– As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates. Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities […]

Advice from Golf Australia regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice from Golf Australia regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Golf Australia and the GMA have released the following advice regarding golf clubs and Covid-19: Important updated information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates. Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance […]

Stephen Pitt Announces Resignation as CEO of Golf Australia

Stephen Pitt Announces Resignation as CEO of Golf Australia

Golf Australia has announced that Stephen Pitt has resigned as Chief Executive Officer after 11 years in the role and will step down from the Organisation later this year. Pitt joined Golf Australia in 2008 and oversaw a period of change and expansion, including the growth and consolidation of the Australian Opens, the introduction of […]

Golf goes to aid of bushfire victims

Golf goes to aid of bushfire victims

Australian golf is pitching in to help the victims of the country’s bushfire crisis. The central point for donations has been set up by the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC), the collaboration of all the industry bodies. It includes not only a GoFundMe page, but a designated bank account for donations for donors who prefer […]

Regis Aged Care goes a fairway for golfers

Regis Aged Care goes a fairway for golfers

AGED care facilities in Australia are growing like topsy and one of the leaders in this field is Regis Aged Care. Many senior and veteran golfers who prefer playing golf to mowing the lawn and trimming hedges are opting to move into a Regis Aged Care facility. There are plenty to choose from. Currently, there […]

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 […]

NSW Senior Open set to stay at Thurgoona until 2022

NSW Senior Open set to stay at Thurgoona until 2022

The Liverpool Catholic Club has signed a new three-year, $300,000 sponsorship deal with Golf NSW, keeping the NSW Senior Open Golf Championship at Thurgoona Country Club Resort in Albury into 2022. With a purse of $120,000 this year, an increase of $20,000 on last year’s prize fund, the NSW Senior Open Golf Championship is the […]

Vardy new GMA Chief Executive Officer

Vardy new GMA Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Golf Management Australia (GMA) has announced the appointment of Paul Vardy to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Paul joins GMA with an extensive knowledge of, and experience within the golf industry, most recently as the Clubs & Facilities Support Senior Manager at Golf Australia. Prior to this, Paul held senior […]

Commonwealth Golf Club and Yarra Yarra Golf Club sign Joint Co-Operation Agreement

Commonwealth Golf Club and Yarra Yarra Golf Club sign Joint Co-Operation Agreement

Commonwealth and Yarra Yarra Golf Clubs have announced the signing of a ‘Joint Co-operation Agreement’ to facilitate the investigation of opportunities for closer collaboration with each other. In a statement by the club, the objectives of the agreement were to “improve the membership offerings currently enjoyed by members of each Club; and to explore potential […]

New Golf Manager at The Vines

New Golf Manager at The Vines

The Vines Resort Golf & Country Club in the Swan Valley announced the appointment of Wayne Smith to the Golf Manager’s position. Wayne is well known as a professional golfer, commencing in 1984 when he was named the Rookie of the Year in Australia.  After representing his country as a junior in the US, Wayne became the first […]

GMA News, July: BMI Program a Royal Success, Sali announced as keynote speaker for GMA Conference

GMA News, July: BMI Program a Royal Success, Sali announced as keynote speaker for GMA Conference

Participants at last month’s BMI Leadership Principles ProgramAn outstanding BMI ‘Leadership Principles’ Program was conducted last month, with 41 participants from across Australia successfully undertaking the program at the iconic Royal Sydney Golf Club. The five-day intensive educational program saw golf club General Managers, Assistant Managers, Finance and Clubhouse Managers, along with Golf Australia club […]

From tee to green, it’s more than cups, poles and flags at David Golf

From tee to green, it’s more than cups, poles and flags at David Golf

Go to any golf course or driving range in Australia (as well as many overseas facilities) and you’ll more than likely see a David Golf product. Whether it’s one of their iconic green ball washers, flagsticks, pin flags, cups or any of their myriad golf products dotted throughout the course, the David Golf logo is […]

Korn Ferry announced as new 10-year umbrella sponsor of (former) web.com Tour

Korn Ferry announced as new 10-year umbrella sponsor of (former) web.com Tour

The PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) announced today a 10-year agreement making the Los Angeles-based, global organizational consulting firm the Umbrella Sponsor of the newly named Korn Ferry Tour. In replacing Web.com, Korn Ferry’s sponsorship takes effect June 19 and extends through the 2028 season. The Korn Ferry Tour will continue to award […]

Co-share projects: How do you find a perfect match?

Co-share projects: How do you find a perfect match?

Struggling golf clubs around Australia are increasingly turning to co-share development projects as a means of shoring up future revenue streams and getting back in the black. However, each club’s location and circumstances are unique and what works at one site will not necessarily be the right solution for another site RetireAustralia and Burleigh Golf […]

Discovery, Inc. Acquires Golf Digest

Discovery, Inc. Acquires Golf Digest

Discovery, Inc. has acquired Golf Digest from Condé Nast for an estimated $30million-$35million, and indicated that the brand’s content will be integrated into Discovery’s digital platforms. The acquisition adds Golf Digest to GOLFTV’s offerings that already include exclusive carriage of the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, and the Ladies European Tour, as well as the Masters Tournament, […]

Think print is dead? Think again. Inside Golf (again) bucking the trend

Think print is dead? Think again. Inside Golf (again) bucking the trend

Australia’s Most-Read Golf Magazine, Inside Golf, is demonstrating that the much-hyped “demise of the print magazine industry” is far from reality; with recent results and partnerships signalling a bright future for the publication. While once notable Australian golf titles like Golf Magazine, Pacific Golfer, Golf Vacations and others have either exited the Australian print industry […]

New World Golf Handicapping System prepares for implementation in 2020

New World Golf Handicapping System prepares for implementation in 2020

Golf’s new World Handicap System (WHS), which is designed to bring the game of golf under a single set of Rules for handicapping and provide a more consistent measure of players’ ability between different regions of the world, remains on track for implementation starting in 2020. Education has begun with events being held in Singapore, […]

Politicians urged to “Pitch In: Grow Community Golf”

Politicians urged to “Pitch In: Grow Community Golf”

Australian Golf Industry Council chairman Gavin Kirkman has called on all MPs and candidates to get behind golf during the Federal election campaign to support the great places and people in the sport. The AGIC has made the call as part of its Pitch In: Grow Community Golf advocacy campaign – a new endeavour by […]

Warringah Golf Club welcomes new lease from Northern Beaches Council

Warringah Golf Club welcomes new lease from Northern Beaches Council

Warringah Golf Club has welcomed the unanimous decision by Northern Beaches Council to offer a new 20-year lease which will see the course retained as an 18-hole course for members, visitors and for corporate golf events. Warringah Golf Club President, Scott Campbell, thanked Council and Councillors saying the decision provides the club with long-term surety […]

Etihad offers free golf bags on flights to Abu Dhabi

Etihad offers free golf bags on flights to Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced it will be offering free golf bag luggage on its flights to Abu Dhabi with immediate effect. Thousands of golfers fly in to Abu Dhabi annually to enjoy the fairways and greens across the city’s pristine courses and this offering from Etihad aims to improve […]

Troon’s International Division starts the year on an event high

Troon’s International Division starts the year on an event high

Troon venues have had a bright start to the new year with a number of well-regarded tournaments in their calendar. These events, which featured on the European Tour and Ladies European Tour, took place on some of the best conditioned courses on the circuit. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, one of Troon’s headline courses, hosted the […]

AGCSA and Golf Business Forum partner to create Australia’s largest golf industry event

AGCSA and Golf Business Forum partner to create Australia’s largest golf industry event

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) and Golf Business Forum have announced a new partnership that will deliver Australia’s largest ever Golf Business and Sports Turf Management conference in Melbourne, June 2020. “Partnering with Golf Business Forum ensures that Australasian Sports Turf Managers have expanded access to leading education opportunities to continue creating and […]

Perrett Webb appointed for Indooroopilly project

Perrett Webb appointed for Indooroopilly project

Indooroopilly Golf Club has announced the appointment of Perrett Webb Pty Ltd as course architects for the club’s new redesign project. “The Club’s Members are very excited about the new association with Perrett Webb – the enthusiasm and the course design vision that the Perrett Webb team are bringing to the Club, gives us enormous […]

Inside Golf, GMA announce media partnership

Inside Golf, GMA announce media partnership

Inside Golf Magazine and Golf Management Australia (GMA) have announced a two-year Partnership Agreement which will see the two organisations benefit from improved content sharing, networking and increased brand exposure. The agreement, which designates Inside Golf as both the Media Partner and a Networking Partner for GMA, will see the magazine expand its already strong […]

Callaway becomes Official Partner to the European Tour

Callaway becomes Official Partner to the European Tour

The European Tour has announced Callaway as an Official Partner for the next five years. Within this wide-reaching agreement across the family of Callaway owned brands, Callaway becomes the official driver, golf ball, shoe and golf bag brand of the Europe Tour; Odyssey and OGIO become the official putter and luggage brands respectively; and Callaway […]

Walkinshaw Sports and Golf Australia Partnership Announced

Walkinshaw Sports and Golf Australia Partnership Announced

Golf Australia and Walkinshaw Sports, exclusive distributor of Under Armour Golf to the green grass market, have announced a three-year partnership. It is the first major partnership for Golf Australia since One Golf began in October. One Golf represents a unified governance structure for the sport with five of the seven states and territories committed. […]

The National, Huntingdale discuss merger

The National, Huntingdale discuss merger

Two of Australia’s most iconic courses, Melbourne’s Huntingdale Golf Club and The National Golf Club have begun talks surrounding a potential merger. The National, which already boasts three amazing courses on the Mornington Peninsula, as well as a fourth course, Long Island, near Frankston, issued a statement with top sandbelt club Huntingdale last month, announcing […]

Troon to manage King Island’s Cape Wickham Golf Links

Troon to manage King Island’s Cape Wickham Golf Links

Troon International has been chosen to manage King Island’s spectacular Cape Wickham Golf Links. The par-72 championship course, designed by Mike DeVries and Darius Oliver, has been  recognised as one of the top courses in the world. As the course weaves through a variety of landscapes, with eight holes straddling the gorgeous coastline, this course […]

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 […]

Callaway partners with GMA

Callaway partners with GMA

  Golf Management Australia (GMA)  has entered into a partnership with Callaway Golf to further support the GMA membership over the coming years. For GMA, which represents Golf Club Management in Australia and provides professional development and support for members, the partnership will provide support for the future conference and events. “GMA is delighted to […]

Norman to be inducted into Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame

Norman to be inducted into Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame

Australian golf icon Greg Norman will be granted the highest honour bestowed upon a golfer in the Asia Pacific Region during the staging of the 2018 Asian Golf Awards. Norman will be inducted into the 2018 Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame on November 3 during the award presentation at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards. […]

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