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COVID-19: Has it actually been GOOD for golf?

COVID-19: Has it actually been GOOD for golf?

While businesses and lives across the world have been tragically affected by the COVID-19 crisis, there has been, surprisingly, a bit of a bright side…at least in Australia. The numerous lockdowns and restrictions imposed by governments—which have generally banned most sporting activities—have named golf as one of the few sports/activities that can legally be played. […]

2020 Australian Open to be rescheduled to 2021

2020 Australian Open to be rescheduled to 2021

The Australian Open will not be played in 2020. Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse remains very hopeful that the national championship, the fifth oldest in professional golf, will still be played this summer. “These are very challenging times for all Australians and the uncertainty the global pandemic has caused makes it very difficult to […]

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, […]

RACV announces closure of RACV Golf Membership

RACV announces closure of RACV Golf Membership

Members of the RACV Golf Club membership program were left scrambling this week, following notification that the RACV is shutting down the program. The club, which began operating in 2011—offering official Golf Australia handicaps, golf events and discounted golf rates at RACV golf courses—announced the August 24 discontinuation of the program via an email to […]

Tiger v Jack v Seve v Rory? Stats and fans to decide ‘The Open for the Ages’

Tiger v Jack v Seve v Rory? Stats and fans to decide ‘The Open for the Ages’

Who would win if Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and other Open Champions IN THEIR PRIME, battled it out at once for The Open Championship, on the most spectacular golf course on the planet? The R&A is inviting golf fans around the world to take part in a very special celebration of golf’s original […]

Gamers alert: R&A Launches Inaugural E-Open Tournament

Gamers alert: R&A Launches Inaugural E-Open Tournament

Gamers around the world will be able to test themselves against the unrelenting challenge of links golf as the inaugural e-Open presented by Mastercard launches today. The virtual stroke play tournament will take place over the iconic links of Royal St George’s from 13 July to 8 September, with qualifying events and knock-out rounds running throughout […]

Olympic and Paralympic sports receive funding boost

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has announced a boost in high performance funding for Olympic and Paralympic national sporting organisations (NSOs), with increased allocations to Rugby 7s, Football, Paralympics and Surfing. This critical funding also provides 34 NSOs with much-needed certainty as they re-set for the Tokyo Games in 2021 and follows the Federal […]

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 […]

PGA TOUR back on the tee this week. Covid Testing protocols in place.

PGA TOUR back on the tee this week. Covid Testing protocols in place.

The PGA TOUR’s 91-day hiatus since The PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP was canceled—the longest unscheduled break from competition since World War II—will finally end this Thursday (Friday morning, Australia time) when play resumes at the Charles Schwab Challenge. As one of the first sports to get underway since the Covid-19 pandemic, golf is prepared take center stage […]

Tee for Tea: Sanctuary Cove members Tee off for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Council

Tee for Tea: Sanctuary Cove members Tee off for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Council

PGA Golf Professional Michael Jones and Sanctuary Cove Member Isabelle Taylor hosted the first of three Ladies’ coaching clinics in support of Cancer Council Queensland’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) on The Pines driving range on Tuesday 2 June. The two-hour Ladies’ coaching clinic gave Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club Members and guests a […]

Inside Golf announces August issue re-launch – helping clubs get a much-needed boost!

Inside Golf announces August issue re-launch – helping clubs get a much-needed boost!

After a quiet three-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia’s Most-Read Golf Publication, Inside Golf, has announced it will return with the August 2020 issue. With golf clubs, golf facilities and golf businesses around Australia enduring financial stress and hardship since the sport was restricted in March, Inside Golf management decided to suspend publishing […]

Woods fends off Mickelson in charity match to raise US$20M for Covid-19 relief

Woods fends off Mickelson in charity match to raise US$20M for Covid-19 relief

Tiger Woods has gotten the better of Phil Mickelson once more. Playing on his home golf course, the 82-time PGA TOUR winner built an insurmountable advantage over the first six holes before fending off a late rally to beat his longtime rival Mickelson, 1-up, in Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity. A total of […]

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 […]

Golf returns to Victoria

Golf returns to Victoria

Victorian golfers can head back to the course from Wednesday. Premier Daniel Andrews this morning announced the state will take the first steps to come out of its stage three Covid-19 lockdown from midnight tomorrow. A range of outdoor sports and activities will now be permitted, including golf. It’s understood that golfers will be permitted […]

Australian PGA Tour set for new ‘wrap-around’ season of golf

Australian PGA Tour set for new ‘wrap-around’ season of golf

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will endeavour to recapture golf’s golden years in this country with a reimagined tournament schedule that will see the tour in full swing from October and culminate with the crowning of the Order of Merit winner in March. The restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought about […]

Adam Scott showcases Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club with live Instagram feed of “Nine Holes with a Mate”

Adam Scott showcases Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club with live Instagram feed of “Nine Holes with a Mate”

Former world-champion golfer Adam Scott may have titled his round of golf at the Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club as “Nine Holes with a Mate”, but he invited the rest of the world to join him via a ‘live’ Instagram feed. Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is renowned for championship golf courses such as Coolum, Twin Waters […]

Olympic Golf qualifying system extended for Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

Olympic Golf qualifying system extended for Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

The International Golf Federation and International Olympic Committee have announced an adjustment to the qualifying system for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games to accommodate the new dates of competition in 2021. In light of the one-year delay, athletes now will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through a period ending on 21 June 2021 for the […]

Limited-edition Mizuno MP20 Copper irons to arrive in Australia

Limited-edition Mizuno MP20 Copper irons to arrive in Australia

Mizuno Golf has long been renown for their sleek, high-performing, irons, woods and (more recently) putters. Favoured by many tour professionals and amateurs alike, Mizuno’s name is synonymous with success, performance and exceptional feel. In January at The PGA Merchandise Show, Mizuno caught the eyes of the industry once again, as they previewed a limited-edition […]

Blue tree brings mental health to the FORE!

Blue tree brings mental health to the FORE!

An old, dead tree on the 1st hole at Pinjarra Golf Club in Western Australia has a new, blue lease on life, shining a light on mental health awareness.   A member approached the club asking if it would participate in the Blue Tree Project for Beyond Blue.   When the suggestion was discussed with […]

April 17: Golf Australia encourages golf to be played (according to state guidelines)

April 17: Golf Australia encourages golf to be played (according to state guidelines)

Golf Australia has released the following update regarding golf and Covid-19: —– Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community. Combined with our enduring responsibility for our clubs, their staff and all Australian golfers, we remain comfortable that our position recommending that clubs close has been appropriate […]

PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 Season

PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 Season

With additional time needed to ensure PGA TOUR tournaments are staged in the most safe and responsible manner possible given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the PGA TOUR is announcing further schedule modifications for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, as well as plans for the opening portion of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season, the […]

2020 adjusted Tour schedule announced for US Open, Masters, The Open, Ryder Cup, PGA and LPGA events

2020 adjusted Tour schedule announced for US Open, Masters, The Open, Ryder Cup, PGA and LPGA events

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the leading organisati0ns in the golf industry–notably, Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA–have issued the following joint statement regarding the upcoming schedule for the major PGA tours: “This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the […]

Statement from the R&A regarding the Open Championship, Curtis Cup and Amateur Championships

Statement from the R&A regarding the Open Championship, Curtis Cup and Amateur Championships

The R&A has released the following statement regarding upcoming championships in light of the Covid-19 crisis —————– Following advice provided by the UK Government, health authorities and our own medical consultants in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the amateur championships and international match due to be played in June. We can confirm […]

April 3: Golf Australia releases COVID-19 position statement

April 3: Golf Australia releases COVID-19 position statement

In response to growing debate online regarding the confusion and disparity between the Federal and State positions on the opening/closure of golf courses during the Covid-19 crisis–as well as the advice of Golf Australia regarding these matters–Golf Australia has released the following statement reiterating their position on the Covid-19 situation: —————— Many golf clubs around […]

Fox Sports and Drummond Golf celebrate The Masters on Foxtel and Foxtel Now

Fox Sports and Drummond Golf celebrate The Masters on Foxtel and Foxtel Now

Golf fans can settle in and enjoy a week-long celebration of The Masters, when FOX SPORTS presents a special pop-up channel commencing Monday, April 6 on Foxtel and Foxtel NOW. Coinciding with when the now postponed 2020 Masters tournament had been scheduled to be played, FOX SPORTS 503 will pay homage all week to the […]

March 30: Golf Australia recommends all golf clubs close until further notice

March 30: Golf Australia recommends all golf clubs close until further notice

Golf Australia has released the following statement on March 30: ——————————– 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 continuing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important […]

Golf Australia announcement: Victorian golf clubs should close immediately

Golf Australia announcement: Victorian golf clubs should close immediately

Golf Australia has sent the following advice:   Dear Victorian golf clubs and facilities, 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 […]

Can you play golf during COVID-19 crisis? Current Australian state-by-state status

Can you play golf during COVID-19 crisis? Current Australian state-by-state status

Golf Australia and the GMA have released the following statement 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 on […]

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 […]

PGA TOUR cancels/postpones more tournaments through May/June

PGA TOUR cancels/postpones more tournaments through May/June

The PGA Tour has released the following announcement in response to the Covid-19 situation: ——- The health and safety of everyone associated with the PGA TOUR and the global community is and will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we navigate the ongoing health crisis related to the Coronavirus Pandemic. On March 12, the […]

Covid-19: Golf Australia cancels, postpones some key events

Covid-19: Golf Australia cancels, postpones some key events

Golf Australia has announced key changes to several planned tournaments. The following is a statement released by Golf Australia: “In light of national and ongoing Covid-19 concerns, GA chairman Andrew Newbold reluctantly confirms the scheduled Australian Junior Championships in April, both for girls and boys, has been cancelled. “In addition, the subsequent girls’ and boys’ […]

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 […]

PGA of Australia postpones overseas tournaments

PGA of Australia postpones overseas tournaments

The PGA of Australia will postpone the Morobe Open and Papua New Guinea Open as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The two events, staged on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia respectively, were set to be played in April and May, but are likely to be rescheduled later in […]

Statement from PGA Tour announcing cancellation of The Players Championship and Upcoming PGA Tour Events

Statement from PGA Tour announcing cancellation of The Players Championship and Upcoming PGA Tour Events

The following is a PGA TOUR Statement regarding cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship and upcoming PGA TOUR events It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship. We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events – across all of our Tours – in the coming weeks, through the […]

COVID-19 Statement: PGA Tour events to continue without fans

COVID-19 Statement: PGA Tour events to continue without fans

The PGA Tour has announced that, in response to concerns amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak,  Tour events will continue as scheduled, but without fans in attendance. The announcement was made in a statement by PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, and begins tomorrow (Friday’s 2nd round) The Players Championship. It will continue through the Valero Texas Open, barring […]

World Golf Hall of Fame to Induct Tiger Woods in Class of 2021

World Golf Hall of Fame to Induct Tiger Woods in Class of 2021

The World Golf Hall of Fame will enshrine 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods as part of its Class of 2021. Woods received the news of his impending Induction in the Male Competitor category via phone today from PGA TOUR Commissioner and World Golf Foundation Board Chairman Jay Monahan. “I am both honored and humbled […]

Hero Indian Open postponed amid COVID-19 threat

Hero Indian Open postponed amid COVID-19 threat

The Hero Indian Open, scheduled to take place from March 19-22 at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, New Delhi, has been postponed due to the ongoing threat posed by the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The decision was made following consultation between the Indian Golf Union , the tournament’s co-sanctioning partners – the […]

Six dozen Srixon Q-Star Balls awarded in first leg of Inside Golf 2020 Golf Tipping Competition

Six dozen Srixon Q-Star Balls awarded in first leg of Inside Golf 2020 Golf Tipping Competition

It was a hard-fought race in February, with the Inside Golf 2020 Golf Tipping Competition leaderboard changing on a weekly (and daily) basis. It all came down to a single shot on the final hole at the Honda Classic, where overnight leader Tommy Fleetwood–needing a birdie to force a playoff with Sungjae Im–sprayed his approach […]

Kennedy captures second New Zealand Open crown

Kennedy captures second New Zealand Open crown

Brad Kennedy has become a two-time New Zealand Open champion after winning the 101st edition of the tournament at Millbrook Resort. Kennedy capitalised on perfect scoring conditions and an ability to go low on Sunday to post a bogey-free round of 8-under and take a two-shot victory over Victorian Lucas Herbert. With twin results of […]

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