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John Deere committed to the game

John Deere committed to the game

PLAYING off a handicap of seven, John Deere’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Luke Chandler, knows the satisfaction golf brings to those who play it and what it takes to build and maintain a good course.  “I love the challenge (of golf),” Mr Chandler said. “The feeling that you can continue to grow […]

Huntingdale Golf Club & Cranbourne Country Club now into the next phase of their partnership

At a historic night on Wednesday 8th June, the Huntingdale Golf Club members, by an overwhelming majority, voted in favour to proceed with the Club’s new OCM Master Plan.  The delivery of the Master Plan and the partnership with the Cranbourne Country Club will ensure the future sustainability of the Huntingdale Golf Club. The innovative […]

Porter’s ambitious plans for junior golf

Porter’s ambitious plans for junior golf

By Rob Willis EWAN Porter knows a bit about golfing talent.  A junior prodigy with a +4 handicap before turning professional in his teens, Porter had an abundance of it.  Twice a winner on the US Nationwide Tour, qualified for three Open Championships, long off the tee and with the fearless attitude needed to compete […]

Huge shout out to incredible course superintendents

Huge shout out to incredible course superintendents

THE horrendous summer weather experienced on the east coast of Australia in early 2022 has of course been devastating for so many people.  There are so many families who have lost their houses and possessions. The scenes we witnessed from Lismore and Woodburn at the height of the two separate floods were just heartbreaking for […]

All right for ACT leftie Wright

All right for ACT leftie Wright

OCTOGENERIAN ACT leftie Ray Wright, for the second time, has achieved the feat of shooting his age. The 82-year-old achieved the feat in a Wednesday members’ competition at his home club RMC, Canberra.  According to Ray, it should have been the third time, but on a previous attempt he missed by a shot after three-putting […]

Retirement community for Gold Coast

Retirement community for Gold Coast

LIVING Choice staff members, deposit holders, clients and guests celebrated another milestone in the creation of Living Choice Parkwood at a ground-breaking ceremony held at The Club at Parkwood Village.  Living Choice, which owns 10 operating retirement villages in three states, will build its first Gold Coast village overlooking the Parkwood Golf Club on the […]

Sky’s the limit for dashing Ionna

Sky’s the limit for dashing Ionna

By Peter Owen IONNA Muir, the outstanding 14-year-old who owns the lowest handicap of any junior player on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, has just won Headland’s women’s club championship – by a staggering 32 strokes. The workaholic young star, who says she practices for three hours a day, even when she’s playing, is a member of […]

Historic ball found in flood

Historic ball found in flood

By TONY DURKIN THE recent floods may have inundated much of The Brisbane Golf Club course, but damage – and washed-up debris – was scant when compared to recent naturaldisasters. As a result, the course was closed for only 15 days in late February-early March while the clean-up took place, and is now back in […]

‘Birdies’ no match for an eagle

‘Birdies’ no match for an eagle

By Michael Davis CORELLAS are the nemesis of many turf managers. But one Victorian superintendent has literally taken the battle to the skies in a novel approach to ridding his course of the feathered scourge. Over the past few months the greens and surrounds at Ballarat Golf Club, an hour west of Melbourne, have been […]

Success comes Olive’s way early

Success comes Olive’s way early

By Michael Davis AN extremely talented 12-year-old from country Victoria has become the youngest player to win the Ladies’ Championship at Commonwealth Golf Club. But that’s only part of Olive Spitty’s story. She stepped out in the first round of the senior pennant season and won her match 3&1 against the Heritage Golf and Country […]

Women taking care of business

Women taking care of business

WOMEN have been recognised as a powerhouse at the Novotel Vines Resort in Western Australia with the entire golf department made up of dynamic females, which is unusual in a traditionally male-dominated sport.  Believed to be the only all-female golf team in Australia, the resort is also one of the few clubs with equal playing […]

Teaching an old dog new tricks

Teaching an old dog new tricks

By Rob Willis Club-fitting: Edition 1 – Mizuno TECHNOLOGY! Someone of my vintage cringes just a little at the thought of the word.  Yes, I can work the remote and find Netflix, Stan and Kayo, turn on a computer, send an email, maybe fill out an Excel spreadsheet, even deal with a PowerPoint presentation if […]

Golf world mourns Aussie great

Golf world mourns Aussie great

JACK Newton probably should have won at least two major championships. He was beaten in an 18-hole playoff for the 1975 British Open by the great Tom Watson and also finished second in the 1980 US Masters behind another great in Seve Ballesteros. Amazingly, that will not be how Jack Newton will be remembered. His […]

Wanamaker Trophy up for grabs

Wanamaker Trophy up for grabs

SEVENTY-FIVE years ago Jim Ferrier got the ball rolling for Australia at the US PGA Championship when he defeated American Chick Harbert 2&1in the final played at Plum Hollow Golf Club in Michigan. For the first 41 years (1916-1957) the tournament was a matchplay contest. Since Ferrier’s famous victory in 1947, four other Aussies have […]

The Masters: Nick Faldo’s insight

The Masters: Nick Faldo’s insight

THREE-TIME Masters champion Sir Nick Faldo knows Augusta National like the back of his hand. He played in 23 Masters over his career and golf fans likely remember him most at Augusta when he beat Greg Norman on that unfortunate Sunday in 1996. The 64-year-old, who will commentate on his 16th Masters this month, recently […]

Scott, Leishman focus on the Masters

Scott, Leishman focus on the Masters

FORMER Masters champion Adam Scott and fellow Aussie Marc Leishman have turned their attention to this month’s Masters at Augusta National from April 7-10. The pair sat down with GARRETT JOHNSTON to answer a range of questions. Garrett Johnston: The Masters is weeks away. When do you start thinking about the year’s first major and […]

Augusta’s swing and a prayer

Augusta’s swing and a prayer

GARY PLAYER’S GUIDE TO AMEN CORNER AMEN Corner – holes 11, 12 and 13 at Augusta National – is where The Masters can be won and lost and it’s where even the best players get a little nervous and say a prayer … especially on the par-3 12th. Greg Norman, in 1999, lost a ball […]

Legendary Leroy a master at Augusta

Legendary Leroy a master at Augusta

By Michael Davis ALLOW me to indulge myself (yet again) given that the Masters is coming up in Augusta. Having had the best seat in the house and ‘backstage’ access to the ‘performers’ at so many fabulous sporting events, I reckon covering the Masters is among the best experiences. The hairs on the back of […]

Barry Bent on teaching the game of golf

Barry Bent on teaching the game of golf

By Rob Willis THINK Woolooware Golf Club during the past 50 years or so and it’s hard to not picture the little sandy-haired bloke behind the pro shop counter, conducting a junior clinic or giving a lesson adjacent to the first tee.  Barry Bent arrived at the tree-lined course in Sydney’s south back in 1970, […]

Aussie Trent making a pitch in US

Aussie Trent making a pitch in US

By Peter Owen JACK Trent, the former Sunshine Coast junior whose parents relocated to Las Vegas seven years ago to help his golf career, has won his first professional tournament in the United States. Trent, who turned professional late last year, shot rounds of 67-71-64 to win the McCormick Open at Scottsdale, Arizona. The event […]

What has happened to the game of golf – shirts out, black socks, cargo pants, thongs worn in the clubhouse! What’s next … and should it matter?

What has happened to the game of golf – shirts out, black socks, cargo pants, thongs worn in the clubhouse! What’s next … and should it matter?

BUNKER-TO-BUNKER… Inside Golf writers have their say. By Michael Court IS golf shooting itself in the sandal here? What have we done? Relaxing these dress rules on the course is becoming a joke. Does our revered game, with such a storied history of gentleman and lady champions, really have to lower itself to this level? […]

Inside Golf – Pick Us Up

Inside Golf – Pick Us Up

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Paul Gow: ‘How good is golf?’

Paul Gow: ‘How good is golf?’

THOSE golfing types older than 30 will have some knowledge of Paul Gow’s exploits as a successful tournament professional during the late ’90s and through the next decade.  For the younger golfing demographic he now might be recognised as the host of Your Golf Show and the bloke partnering celebrities and sporting stars on Playing […]

Siblings’ historic Liverpool double

Siblings’ historic Liverpool double

THERE’S nothing like producing a winning streak in the family … especially when it comes to club championships. And if ever you doubted whether or not golf was a game for youngsters, take a drive out to Liverpool Golf Club and find out for yourself. Siblings Mirabelle and Adam Naaman created club history there when […]

The Longest Day golf challenge raises $2.5m

The Longest Day golf challenge raises $2.5m

THERE were many fatigued golfers around the nation following the Cancer Council’s The Longest Day golf challenge, but despite players’ tiredness they still managed to raise a glass when it was announced more than $2.5m was raised for the Cancer Council. Keperra Country Golf Club, located in the north-west of Brisbane, led the charged and […]

Daniel’s 268m ace an albatross

Daniel’s 268m ace an albatross

THE odds of scoring an albatross, they say, are upwards of six million to one. They’re probably even greater if you’re talking about one on a par-4 hole. But Sunshine Coast golfer Daniel Hall wasn’t thinking about any of that when he played the shot of his life on the 268m par-4  15th hole at […]

Juniors on song at Beverley Park GC

Juniors on song at Beverley Park GC

THE late, great teaching pro Bill McWilliam always rated Sarah Kemp as one of his most talented proteges. So, it was fitting that Kemp should be present when McWilliam’s home club, Beverley Park, in Sydney’s south, proudly hosted the annual Bill McWilliam OAM St George Boys Junior Masters. It was run in conjunction with the […]

Loyal Matt Jones influences Blake Windred

Loyal Matt Jones influences Blake Windred

ONE is a two-time PGA Tour winner, a player to have twice hoisted the Stonehaven Cup as Australian Open champion, who more recently shot an incredible 23-under par in the final two rounds in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.  The other has ambition to achieve similar results with good judges believing he has […]

Rankings movers and shakers

Rankings movers and shakers

LAST year was a year of mixed world ranking results for the large Australian contingent. The results panned out to be a bit like the board game Snakes and Ladders with some players climbing a ladder while others rolled the dice and ended up going down with the dreaded snake. Australia’s top-ranked player, Cameron Smith, […]

On the tee with award-winning teaching pro Gary Barter

On the tee with award-winning teaching pro Gary Barter

FOR more than three decades Gary Barter has plied his trade as a teaching professional at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney and was recently recognised for his passion and dedication to the game by being named NSW PGA High Performance Coach for 2021.  The long-time coach of multiple US PGA Tour winner and two-time […]

Ocean Shores Country Club turns 50

Ocean Shores Country Club turns 50

IT’S been 50 years since the first ever golf ball was launched down the first fairway at Ocean Shores CC and over the five decades the club has managed to combine the attraction of a resort-style facility with the charm and personality of a local golf club. First-time visitors to Ocean Shores CC in the […]

Cam Davis eyes Presidents Cup spot

Cam Davis eyes Presidents Cup spot

AUSSIE Cameron Smith is dominating the headlines after starting the year on a high by winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions, but another Cameron (Cameron Davis) has set his sights on winning again on the PGA Tour. Davis, who made it into the Sentry Tournament of Champions field courtesy of winning the PGA Tour’s Rocket […]

Stephanie Kyriacou wins tour card

Stephanie Kyriacou wins tour card

AUSTRALIAN golf fans will have two new and one well-known face to cheer for on the world’s biggest women’s professional tour, the 2022 LPGA Tour. St Michael’s golfer Stephanie Kyriacou secured her 2022 LPGA Tour card alongside fellow Aussies Karis Davidson and tried-and-tested professional Sarah Jane Smith. Kyriacou played 21 tournaments in 13 different countries […]

NSW Open to go ahead at Concord

NSW Open to go ahead at Concord

IT’S regarded as one of Sydney’s truest championship courses. And Concord Golf Club has vowed to be at its best when some of the best golfers in the country venture there next month for the $400,000 Golf Challenge NSW Open Championship. Tournament dates have been set for March 17 to 20 for an event with […]

Making the cut is hard to do

Making the cut is hard to do

NO,” was Cameron Smith’s blunt answer to a journalist who asked the winner of the recent Sentry Tournament of Champions if he would shave off his mullet. “Are you going to keep that thing forever,” was the journo’s follow up question. Smith’s reply: “I don’t think forever, but for the time being it’s hanging in.” […]

King Island golf is ready for take-off – Ocean Dunes Sold

King Island golf is ready for take-off – Ocean Dunes Sold

Ocean Dunes golf course on King Island has been sold to a Melbourne based consortium. Chairman of the Ocean Dunes Board, Andrew Mitchell confirmed that the new consortium intends to develop a new clubhouse and much needed accommodation on the course. This is not only great news for Ocean Dunes but for King Island as […]

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

Golf industry mourns Bob Shearer

IT was a tough start to the year for Australian professionals and golf fans with the passing of Bob Shearer. Shearer, a PGA of Australia life member, suffered a heart attack and passed away on January 9, aged 73. He ranks among the finest golfers Victoria has produced and is only one of a few […]

That (2021) was a year, was it?

That (2021) was a year, was it?

PLEASE tick the appropriate box below to rate 2021 as a golf year to remember. The choices are: excellent, riveting, okay, interesting, ho hum and what happened for me? Several factors should be taken into consideration before ticking begins. Ignore, if you will, all the negative things like Covid-19 and forced lockdowns to “keep us […]

Devilbend GC back after major lashing

Devilbend GC back after major lashing

By Michael Davis DEVILBEND Golf Club on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, has been through the weather mill recently. The club had just recovered from massive rainfall where two of its dams breached, only to be lashed shortly afterwards by freakish cyclonic winds of more than 120kph which lashed Victoria. “It was unreal,” general manager Tim O’Sullvan […]

All hands on deck at Berwick-Montuna

All hands on deck at Berwick-Montuna

By Michael Davis BERWICK-MONTUNA Golf Club and Driving Range general manager Sean Constable echoed the sentiments of many Victorian clubs lashed by wind in freak storms which hit the state. “I would hate to be in a cyclone, that’s for sure,” he said. “If that had been a Thursday afternoon, when everyone was out there, […]

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