Golf Industry

GMA and ASTMA Industry Conference and Trade Show

GMA and ASTMA Industry Conference and Trade Show

By Paul Vardy AUSTRALIA’S golf industry produces benefits to society in the form of health and wellbeing, community, environmental and economic.   A significant amount of economic activity is generated in the preparation and maintenance of playing surfaces, buildings and surrounds.  I’m still amazed at the level of golf participation spending compared to other major […]

The storied life of a lovable larrikin

The storied life of a lovable larrikin

By Michael Davis THE late Australian golf legend Peter Thomson had a favourite Jack Newton story. It happened on the first tee at an exclusive Sydney club during a final round of a NSW Open. Newton was leading the event and Thomson was waiting on the first tee for him to start his final round […]

Matt Lang bet his future on Headland

Matt Lang bet his future on Headland

By Peter Owen HE would never describe himself as a gambling man, but there’s something about Melbourne Cup week that has had a defining effect on the career of Headland Golf Club general manager Matt Lang. A Victorian, Lang fell in love with Queensland’s Sunshine Coast while holidaying every year at Mooloolaba with his family […]

Golf NSW launches flood relief fund

Golf NSW launches flood relief fund

THROUGH the NSW Golf Foundation and the Australian Sports Foundation, Golf NSW has established the Golf NSW Flood Relief Fund to help clubs in the golfing community get back on their feet following the devastating floods that have ripped through New South Wales. The efforts to thwart rising waters were impossible for many clubs and […]

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 […]

GM John gets in early to meet and greet

GM John gets in early to meet and greet

By Michael Davis NEW Flinders general manager John McKay was on the first tee at the picturesque Mornington Peninsula club weeks before he officially started in the role. It was the club championship and he spent six hours making sure he met everyone personally. So before he even started work, the members knew him and […]

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 […]

New learning centre set up

New learning centre set up

By Michael Davis THE PGA of Australia has established a new Golf Learning Hub at Sandhurst, south of Melbourne. The completion of the Australian Golf Centre at Sandringham and the relocation of PGA administrative staff to the heart of the Melbourne Sandbelt has paved the way for an expansion of the PGA’s education centre at […]

General managers on the move

IT was a busy time for some golf club general managers in the lead-up to welcoming in the New Year. Some of the general managers on the move included Jon Gahan, who is leaving The National Golf Club as reported in Inside Golf (December 2021). Then there was Andrew Gay departing Royal Adelaide, Tim Gahan […]

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 […]

Brisbane appoints new course super

THE Brisbane Golf Club has appointed Victorian David Mason as its new course superintendent. Mason, who will start in his new role on March 1, has had more than 27 years’ experience in the golf course maintenance industry, including 17 years as a course superintendent. The 45-year-old is currently course super at Metropolitan Golf Club […]

Twin awards for The Brisbane GC

Twin awards for The Brisbane GC

By Tony Durkin THE Brisbane Golf Club (TBGC) received two major gongs at the 2021 annual Queensland Golf Industry Awards at The Star (Gold Coast) last month. Chief Executive Officer Geoff Kuehner was named Inside Golf Manager of the Year while TBGC beat 16 other finalists to be crowned winner of the MyGolf Junior Program […]

Green light for driving range

Green light for driving range

By Michael Davis WHEN Mike Kazacos inherited his parents’ 125-hectare property at Balnarring, on the Mornington Pensinsula, six years ago, the last thing on his mind was owning and operating a golf driving range. “My parents had worked really hard to turn the land from a desert into an oasis,” he said. “They planted trees, […]

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 […]

More women focus on golf industry careers

More women focus on golf industry careers

By Michael Davis IT comes as no surprise to learn there is a dearth of women in the golf industry. But there are many different career pathways available for women in golf and a recent webinar series has helped spread that message. The series – Careers in Golf – was backed by the PGA of […]

Meet GM Bonaventure Tai

Meet GM Bonaventure Tai

By Michael Davis BONAVENTURE Tai has taken a circuitous route to the manager’s position at the Chalambar Golf and Bowls Club in Ararat about 200 kilometres west of Melbourne. Born in the Cook Islands, he worked in accommodation and hospitality before moving to New Zealand in the 1990s where he worked in beverage and hospitality […]

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got

Let’s hang on to what we’ve got

By Paul Vardy WE see Covid-19 related lockdowns having a major impact on lives and livelihoods as governments try to contain the spread of the virus.  Amongst golf clubs and facilities, an ever-changing patchwork of rule changes in a climate of strong demand for golf, is causing a level of frustration.   Rules, such as […]

On Course Golf and Bike Exchange creators freewheel into new golf partnership

On Course Golf and Bike Exchange creators freewheel into new golf partnership

ON COURSE GOLF provides business support to more than 200 PGA golf professionals and clubs around the country.  Recently, they launched Australia’s first online golf marketplace, enabling golfers to connect with and buy from their favourite pro shop online. Inside Golf caught up with CEO Geoff Miles to find out more about the new venture.  […]

GMA, ASTMA a ‘perfect marriage’

GMA, ASTMA a ‘perfect marriage’

By Michael Davis It seems like the perfect marriage between two organisations pivotal to the success and enjoyment of golf across the nation. GMA (Golf Management Australia) and ASTMA (the Australian Sports Turf Managers’ Association) will deliver Australia’s largest golf industry conference and trade exhibition in Melbourne next year. It will be held at the […]

NSW supers in the spotlight

NSW supers in the spotlight

Two prominent superintendents from busy NSW courses were lauded for their efforts last month at the National Turf Industry Awards dinner. Cypress Lakes Resort’s Craig Molloy and Eastlake GC’s Nathan Bradbury were in the spotlight as their fellow superintendents acknowledged their extraordinary efforts. Molloy has been at Oaks Cypress Lakes for the past seven years […]

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd new lease arrangement

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd new lease arrangement

GSM Peregian Golf Pty Ltd has entered into a new lease arrangement with Peregian Springs Golf Holdings P/L, effective July 14th, 2021. The new lease conditions allow a number of significant improvements to be made on the course layout, in accordance to the guidelines contained in a detailed report provided by highly acclaimed golf course […]

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 […]

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

Mornington GC Moving forward The next stage of construction works at Mornington Golf Club, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, has commenced.  The project involves a complete rebuild of the Club’s par-4 6th hole.   Those familiar with the course will know that the current tee shot on the 6th is too difficult, especially for shorter hitters. […]

A great time for a career in the golf industry

By Paul Vardy Of the range of GMA services offered to its members, professional development events are the most in demand.  Managers recognise that to be of greatest value to their clubs and facilities, they need to fan their desire to keep improving what they do and to stay informed of a rapidly evolving golf […]

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

NEWS FROM THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS

Garfield GC plans for the future Garfield GC is situated on the outskirts of South Eastern Melbourne in a beautiful rural setting and was established in 1929. The 18-hole layout is a Par-69 of 5,265m for men and Par-71, 4970m for women. Like many other rural-based golf clubs around Australia Garfield has built itself up […]

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. […]

2021 Golf Survey – 20 Prizes up for Grabs

2021 Golf Survey – 20 Prizes up for Grabs

One of Inside Golf Magazine’s trusted golf industry partners has launched a survey to determine Australian golfers’ preferences and habits. By completing this survey, you will be entered into a competition where 20 randomly-selected winners will be drawn and share in prizes valued at over $3500, including $1000 in VISA Gift Cards. Click the button above (or […]

Australian Golf Equipment drives forward into the future

Australian Golf Equipment drives forward into the future

FOR many in the golf industry, 2020 was a year that we’d all like to forget. The global COVID-19 pandemic, combined with lockdowns and various restrictions, saw many global businesses hit major stumbling blocks, or even go out of business altogether. Across a few segments of the golf industry, however, the pandemic has led to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Judd and Booth appointed at Club Catalina

Judd and Booth appointed at Club Catalina

Club Catalina in Batemans Bay has secured two new employees on the golfing side of the operations. Mitchel Judd has been appointed the title of Director of Golf, while Rodney Booth has joined as Golf Professional. Both individuals have moved their young families to Batemans Bay for this exciting opportunity. Mitchel comes to Club Catalina […]

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 […]

The Golf School – The home of Lee and Pete’s Club fitting and coaching centre.

The Golf School – The home of Lee and Pete’s Club fitting and coaching centre.

Learn the game (or improve your current swing) with golf lessons from a team of leading PGA Professional coaches and leading Gold Coast club fitters. The expert team at The Golf School is ready to help you on your journey into the golfing world. Located at Palm Meadows Driving Range on the Gold Coast, The […]

The R&A and USGA announce golf equipment research topics and proposed equipment standards changes

The R&A and USGA announce golf equipment research topics and proposed equipment standards changes

The R&A and the USGA have re-engaged with the golf industry on the Distance Insights project, which aims to help achieve a more sustainable long-term future for golf. The governing bodies are issuing specific Areas of Interest to help mitigate continuing distance increases and three proposed changes to the Equipment Rules to ensure their effectiveness […]

Walkinshaw Sports Celebrate 10 years

Walkinshaw Sports Celebrate 10 years

The Walkinshaw name has long been associated with automotive, but it is now also a household name in golf through Walkinshaw Sports, one of Australia’s largest golf product distributors. Walkinshaw Group was established in 1987 when founder and racing car driver Tom Walkinshaw established Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), which is now Australia’s largest car manufacturer. […]

Jon Rahm Joins Callaway Golf Tour Staff

Jon Rahm Joins Callaway Golf Tour Staff

Jon Rahm, the #2 ranked player in the world, has joined Callaway’s Tour professional staff in a multiyear agreement. As a Staff Pro, he will transition into a full bag of Callaway Woods, Callaway Irons, Callaway Wedges, a Callaway Chrome Soft X Golf Ball and an Odyssey Putter. “I’m so happy to be joining Callaway, […]

Dolling moving on from GMA SA Operations Manager role

Dolling moving on from GMA SA Operations Manager role

Golf Management Australia has announced that Zoee Dolling has tendered her resignation from the role of Operations Manager for GMA – South Australia.  In an email to members, GMA Chief Executive Officer Paul Vardy made the announcement, and highlighted Dolling’s achievements. “Zoee has been in the role for a little over two years, more recently […]

Golf Australia, Apia announce partnership

Golf Australia, Apia announce partnership

Golf Australia (GA) has announced a new multi-year major partnership with insurance specialist, Apia. Apia will be recognised as an official partner of GA’s Get into Golf seniors’ program, and will support participants in staying active, connected to their community and learning the skills of the sport.  Apia will also be an exclusive partner of […]

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