Golf Industry

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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