Golf Industry

GSM new Operator of Peregian Golf Course

GSM new Operator of Peregian Golf Course

Peregian Springs Golf Holdings Limited (Holdings) has announced tha tGolf Services Management Pty Ltd (GSM) has been granted a lease to operate the Peregian golf course and clubhouse for 5 years with a further 5 year option. GSM is a golf course management company operating five golf courses in Victoria – Bay Views, Kingston Links, Ranfurlie, […]

GM Jason Looker’s decade at Caloundra

GM Jason Looker’s decade at Caloundra

CALOUNDRA Golf Club has been one of the Queensland Sunshine Coast’s golfing institutions since 1951 and remains a traditional club with a healthy membership. The club’s general manager Jason Looker has been at Caloundra for a decade and, along with a strong management committee and staff, keeps the operation running like a well-oiled machine. Looker […]

Powers of Golf NSW Council transitions to Clubs and Districts

Powers of Golf NSW Council transitions to Clubs and Districts

The powers of the Golf NSW Council have been transitioned after an historic vote of Councillors last week. This followed an earlier vote by the member clubs and districts that overwhelmingly voted in favour of the changes. With the support of all parties in place, the Golf NSW Council ceased to exist on 7 October. […]

New tee time booking website, TeeNet, officially launches

New tee time booking website, TeeNet, officially launches

NATIONAL software developer MiClub recently launched TeeNet, a markedly different tee time booking website. TeeNet offers Australia’s largest tee time range. As a non-commercial initiative, TeeNet has no onsite advertising or contractual pricing arrangements. There is no administration fee for players using the site and no contracts or commission fees for clubs or courses. Aside […]

PGA announce Western Union Business Solutions as Official Partner

PGA announce Western Union Business Solutions as Official Partner

Western Union Business Solutions has been announced as the Official Foreign Exchange Partner of the PGA of Australia and an Official Partner of the Australian PGA Championship. As one of the world’s leading providers of cross-border business payments, Western Union Business Solutions is transforming how businesses can expand their global reach through one of the […]

AGS new distributor of ECCO Golf shoes

AGS new distributor of ECCO Golf shoes

Leading golf footwear innovator, ECCO Golf, and Sydney-based American Golf Supplies Pty Ltd have announced a new partnership which will see AGS become the distributor of ECCO Golf shoes in Australia. Private company AGS, established 50 years ago and owned by Paul and Kim Roser for the past two decades, is the Australian distributor for […]

Peter Thomson retires from architecture

Peter Thomson retires from architecture

After over 50 years in golf course design, Thomson Perrett founder Peter Thomson has announced his formal retirement from golf course architecture.  Peter established the company in 1965 after winning his fifth British Open and has since worked on over 250 projects in 30 countries including building over 100 new courses. Peter’s contribution and impact […]

Yering Meadows secures new owners

Yering Meadows secures new owners

The Yering Meadows Golf Course in Melbourne’s famed Yarra Valley announced last month that it has successfully negotiated a competitive sale of its properties and will retain existing management. After a 12-month sale process, the Yering Meadows management team was presented with an offer from new owner Yering Properties Pty Ltd, a company established for […]

Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern Golf Club has unveiled its three brand-new holes and announced a vision for a drastically improved water supply and long-term master plan of its course and clubhouse. Members teed off Northern’s new Thomson Perrett-designed eighth, ninth and 10th holes on April 16. “Nine and 10 are brand-new holes, which will probably be rated one […]

Golf Industry News, May

Golf Industry News, May

  Top award for WA’s Alex Monteath WEST Australian golfing stalwart Alex Monteath doesn’t like surprises, but he received one recently when Golf Management Australia (WA) honoured him with the WA Golf Industry Recognition Award for services to golf. “It was more of a shock than a surprise because I had no idea it was […]

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

US conference inspires Aussie GMs

ELEVEN Golf Management Australia (GMA) general managers attended the Club Managers’ Association of America’s 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Diego, California and returned home inspired and loaded with new ideas. The were: Aaron Muirhead (Nudgee Golf Club), Scott Wagstaff (Carbrook Golf Club), Barnaby Sumner (Oatlands Golf Club), Michael […]

How golf cart paths can increase your club’s membership returns

How golf cart paths can increase your club’s membership returns

With more members utilising golf carts in courses across Australia and New Zealand, cart paths become an increasingly necessary part of course design, which can also provide revenue streams not otherwise available. Cart paths provide a number of benefits to a course or club. They ensure members can play throughout the year, regardless of weather. […]

Scot Charlie McGill GM of the year

Scot Charlie McGill GM of the year

MAROOCHY RIVER Golf Club general manager Charlie McGill still remembers having less than $50 in his pocket when he arrived from his native Scotland to start a new life in Australia. That was 33 years ago. Of course, today he has a few more bob in his pocket along with the Golf Management Australia (Qld) […]

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

GM Mark Whiting answers the call

BALLINA Golf and Sports Club general manager Mark Whiting was halfway through an interview with Inside Golf when he excused himself to answer a telephone ringing in the background. Soon he returned to apologise for his short absence. “The office manager had to take her dog to the vet so while I’m talking to you […]

GM Brett Holland is on a mission

GM Brett Holland is on a mission

BRETT Holland, the general manager at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club, is not one to allow the grass to grow under his feet. More than a decade ago, as GM at Murwillumbah Golf Club, he recognised the golf industry was in decline and implemented major changes at the northern New South Wales club. Today […]

Strathfield’s Golf by Design renovation underway

Strathfield’s Golf by Design renovation underway

One of Sydney’s busiest golf course makeover companies, James Wilcher’s Golf by Design, has won the contract to rebuild Strathfield’s new-look layout, with work recently beginning on the project. The GBD Master Plan for the project was released late last year and the new design will feature both the 18th and eighth holes finishing near […]

Tru-Turf rolling nicely

Tru-Turf rolling nicely

WHAT do St Andrews, Augusta National, Pebble Beach and Royal Melbourne have in common? They all use Tru-Turf greens rollers to produce perfect putting surfaces. The Gold Coast-based company has revolutionised the way greens are cared for and even has the US PGA Tour singing its praises. Mind you, it wasn’t always smooth rolling. “When […]

Meet globetrotting GM Mark Holland

Meet globetrotting  GM Mark Holland

IN the mid-1980s, Mark Holland quit professional tennis to start a career that has led to managing some of the best golf clubs and resorts around the world. For the past 30 years, he has plied his management skills in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi and Kuwait), Singapore, Korea, Indonesia, Macau, Fiji and Australia where […]

Organic golf course for sale

Organic golf course for sale

AUSTRALIA’S only organic golf course is up for sale. Originally created to provide a place for recreation while preserving the environment, Kabi Organic Golf Club (KOGC) at Boreen Point in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, has matured into a challenging and picturesque golf course. Designed by renowned golf course architect Graham Papworth, the golf course is […]

New ‘Super Club’ a bold move in Melbourne

New ‘Super Club’ a bold move in Melbourne

   A groundbreaking move by three of Melbourne’s top ranked golf clubs to establish a ‘super club’ could shine a light into the future of club golf around Australia. Huntingdale Golf Club, Patterson River Golf Club and the Sandhurst Club, after extensive preliminary investigations, have advised that the clubs will enter into a Heads of […]

Eagle Ridge Golf Course sold

Eagle Ridge Golf Course sold

Eagle Ridge, a Mornington Peninsula 18-hole golf course and wedding venue, has been sold for an undisclosed sum to a Melbourne-based family. The Russo family, who have owned Eagle Ridge since 1995, began a public sale campaign several years ago. Fielding interest locally and from abroad, the Russos were looking for the right purchaser to take the reins […]

Walkinshaw Sports announces acquisition of CGS

Walkinshaw Sports announces acquisition of CGS

Walkinshaw Sports Pty Ltd last month announced the acquisition of wholesale golf business Cooperative Golf Services (CGS). This will see all existing international distribution agreements held by Cooperative Golf Services for this region now fall under the Walkinshaw Sports banner. Walkinshaw Sports have taken this strategic move at a testing time in the golf industry, […]

Headland Manager Ben learns from the best

Headland Manager Ben learns from the best

HEADLAND Golf Club general manager Ben Dobson has returned from his fact-finding mission to Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club armed with a plethora of good ideas. Dobson, who has been at the helm at Headland for seven years, spent three valuable days at Kingston Heath shadowing general manager Gregg Chapple. There, he was able to […]

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

Brisbane’s new greens have best warm weather grass in Australia

NO golfer, irrespective of his or her handicap, walks off a green after a three putt feeling good about themselves. And while The Brisbane Golf Club cannot guarantee a golfer’s most detested deficiency never occurring on their greens, club captain Terry Campbell is adamant the probability has greatly decreased now the course has Ultra Dwarf […]

Joining fee relevant, says club GM

Joining fee relevant, says club GM

IAN Cottle, general manager of Burleigh Golf Club on the Gold Coast, doesn’t believe it takes too long to play a round of golf. “I enjoy the four-or-so hours it takes to play a round,” he said. “Sometimes when playing nine holes you can feel like you are just getting warmed up.” Inside Golf caught […]

District shakeup in southwest Victoria

District shakeup in southwest Victoria

Golf in the southwest of Victoria has received a major shakeup with 24 clubs in the area settling into their membership as part of the newly formed Western District Golf Association. The association came into being after three former districts – South Western District Golf Association, Women’s Golf Western District and Corangamite District Golf Association […]

Just a mo, that’s a nice sum

Just a mo, that’s a nice sum

ON COURSE Golf members partnered with Callaway Golf in 2014 to raise funds for Movember – the organisation that raises vital funds, promotes awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and supports mental health through Beyond Blue. The tally was an impressive $35,000 making the two-year combined total $85,000. Members from both companies joined forces to […]

Ocean Dunes sprints towards opening

Ocean Dunes sprints towards opening

The gates at Ocean Dunes on King Island will swing open before the end of the year, according to the man responsible for building the stunning 18-hole golf course. Graeme Grant – former long-time superintendent at Kingston Heath in Melbourne and one of several directors at Ocean Dunes – said the front nine and the […]

We chat with: David Scott, Deputy General Manager at Riverside Oaks

We chat with: David Scott, Deputy General Manager at Riverside Oaks

DAVID Scott is a shining example of the emerging new age of PGA golf club professionals in the Australian golf industry. Scott, the Deputy General Manager of Riverside Oaks – one of Australia’s biggest and leading golf resort-residential-playing complexes—is a graduate of the PGA’s International Golf Institute and the follow-on PGA club Traineeship. In less […]

New Eastern course nearing completion

New Eastern course nearing completion

MEMBERS of The Eastern Golf club in Melbourne were recently treated to a sneak-peek of their new Greg Norman-designed golf course, currently under construction in the Yarra Valley. As part of the club’s ongoing going commitment to communication and development transparency to members, the club hosted an Open Day on site in Yering in December. […]

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

GM Roger Morris at Magenta

HE’S held a number of interesting jobs in his working life, but Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club general manager Roger Morris reckons his current position is right up there with the rest of them. Morris started his career working in international hotels before landing key positions at The Australian Golf Club and Castle Hill Country […]

For Wayne, it’s all about the quality

For Wayne, it’s all about the quality

Just four months into the top job at The Heritage Golf and Country Club, General Manager Wayne Sutherland has vowed to give the club’s members the best value golf and lifestyle offering since the venue’s inception in 1999. The Heritage was sold again recently for a reported price tag just shy of $18 million and […]

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

A woman’s touch at Castle Hill

WHEN Melissa Ellis took on the general manager’s role at Castle Hill Country Club two years ago, a few bold members gave her the moniker “non-golfing sheila” but it didn’t take long for the sobriquet to wear off. “I came from a non-golfing background so when I first started here that’s what they called me, […]

BetEasy Backs the Masters

BetEasy Backs the Masters

IMG, owner and promoter of the Australian Masters, has announced that BetEasy will be the naming rights partner of the Australian Masters. The BetEasy Masters will be played at The Metropolitan Golf Club from 20-23 November, 2014 when world No. 2, Adam Scott will attempt to make history as the first player to win the Gold […]

Callaway Golf extends Phil Mickelson’s contract

Callaway Golf extends Phil Mickelson’s contract

Callaway Golf has announced that longtime Staff Professional Phil Mickelson has signed a multiyear extension with the company. “When I joined the team at Callaway 10 years ago, I knew I was making the best decision of my career,” Mickelson said. “And I feel even stronger about that decision today. Backed by innovative technologies, industry-leading […]

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

From prisons to club management: Aaron Muirhead

AS a nightclub bouncer, prison officer and pub manager, Aaron Muirhead knew a thing or two about keeping people in check. But having spent close to a decade in irksome jobs he decided to change careers and now works as the general manager at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane. The prison system and the pub […]

Golf Services Management secures management contract for Rosebud Park Public Golf Course

Golf Services Management secures management contract for Rosebud Park Public Golf Course

Golf Services Management Pty Ltd has secured the management contract for the Rosebud Park Public Golf Course on the Mornington Peninsula with Rosebud Park & Recreation Chairperson Elaine Bertotto and Golf Services Management Director Ian Denny, signing off on the long term lease. Golf Services Management will undertake responsibility for the provision of golf management […]

Australian Golf Industry unites to build a new home of golf

Australian Golf Industry unites to build a new home of golf

The PGA of Australia, Golf Australia and Golf Victoria have joined forces on a new project which could lead to the most significant contribution to industry collaboration in decades. Over the last 12 months the three administrative bodies, led by their respective Chief Executive Officers Brian Thorburn, Stephen Pitt and Simon Brookhouse, have been actively […]

Lynwood CC, Castle Hill RSL Club Group explore amalgamation

Lynwood CC, Castle Hill RSL Club Group explore amalgamation

SYDNEY’S Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL Club Group have announced the commencement of formal partnership discussions to pursue opportunities for amalgamation. Like many clubs across Australia, Lynwood has been challenged by the ongoing financial viability of the club, with increasing cost pressures, cashflow challenges and difficult trading conditions.  And they are not alone: […]