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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, […]

Guy Wall is the PGA champion

Guy Wall is the PGA champion

GUY Wall won the rain-shortened Australian PGA Seniors Championship played at Richmond Golf Club. Wall defeated former European Tour star Peter Lonard in a playoff for the title courtesy of sinking a six-metre birdie putt on the fifth extra hole after both players fired four-under par rounds of 66. Due to heavy rain the event, […]

Alan Taylor-made for veterans’ title

Alan Taylor-made for veterans’ title

A CHAMPION veteran golfer in three decades came within 20cms of the ultimate prize – a hole-in-one – which would have seen him drive away in a brand-new car. Playing in the Sunshine Coast District Veterans Golf Association Championship at Peregian Golf Club, Alan Taylor, who plays out of Maroochy River Golf Club, was the […]

Bargain golf at Safety Beach Golf Club

GOLFERS will be hard-pressed finding a golf club that charges less than $20 to play its 18-hole (par-72) golf course that has a Slope rating of 128. Well, if you venture to the mid-north coast of NSW you’ll discover Safety Beach Golf Club, 25kms north of Coffs Harbour, charges $19 for unlimited golf. “I don’t […]

A trip to remember for Brisbane Nomads

A trip to remember for Brisbane Nomads

WE’VE heard of the grey nomads filling our highways and byways, but there is another group of nomads – golfing nomads tripping around the place. The golfing nomads – which consist of clubs located in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Sydney North, Sydney South and Perth – are all about giving and to date they have raised […]

Hundreds of girls and clubs set to soar

Hundreds of girls and clubs set to soar

THE Australian Golf Foundation has received a stunning response to its 2022 AGF Junior Girls Golf Scholarship program. The AGF, in collaboration with Golf Australia, said 134 funded centres would take part in 2022, compared with 37 clubs in 2021. “We have been delighted with the response,” said Bonnie Boezeman AO, scholarship program founder and board […]

Future looks bright for juniors

Future looks bright for juniors

IT’S a long road to reach the standard of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competition play, but Queensland juniors from the Glass House Mountains Zone and the  Darling Downs Golf Association experienced teams’ golf with great success late last year. Twenty-four juniors – 12 from the DDGA and 12 from the GMGZ – took […]

A golfer’s dream worth pursuing

A golfer’s dream worth pursuing

IF you’ve longed for a Californian/Palm Springs holiday in the sunshine, you can live that dream every day at Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters.  Palm Lake Group’s première over-50s community lifestyle resort, Palm Lake Resort Pelican Waters is currently under construction right alongside the company’s Greg Norman-designed Pelican Waters Golf Course.  In fact, the Palm […]

Fanfare opening to Oxley’s latest venture

Fanfare opening to Oxley’s latest venture

CHRISTMAS arrived early for the members of Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane with the opening of the TopStroke short course in early December. The mini-golf facility is terrific and is one of the largest built in Australia – just over 3200m2 which includes 18 mini-golf holes along with a further nine-hole practice putting green that […]

Shark determined to shake-up golf

Shark determined to shake-up golf

FORMER world number one Greg Norman will lead a newly-formed company, backed by Saudi Arabian money, which wants to revolutionise professional golf globally. Norman was recently named CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which is committed to outlaying more than $270m to 10 new marquee events to be staged annually on the Asian Tour over the […]

New women’s event with a difference

New women’s event with a difference

By Michael Davis A COMPACT two-day event at the superbly-revamped Sandringham public course is returning to the WPGA Tour of Australasia next month. Known as The Athena –  so called after the Greek goddess of war strategy and wisdom – the two-day event will feature 10 emerging Australian and New Zealand golfers like Stephanie Kyriacou, […]

‘One-Putt’ Wayne IG’s top tipster

‘One-Putt’ Wayne IG’s top tipster

WHEN it comes to tipping winners and high place-getters on the PGA Tour, Wayne Hoger (aka One-Putt) is your go-to man. Last month, Wayne, who plays his golf at Cabarlah Golf Course just outside Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, finished atop Inside Golf’s Teepster tipping competition. And for his amazing tipping prowess he won a […]

Wanneroo’s reticulation project a first for WA

Wanneroo’s reticulation project a first for WA

WANNEROO Golf Club in Perth’s northern suburbs has broken new ground in WA as far as upgrading course reticulation is concerned.   The club’s “Irrigation Upgrade Project” has been a major undertaking in 2021 at a cost of $1.3m by contractor New Ground.   Horizontal boring for the main line and vibrating ploughing for the […]

Headland’s Hill of holes-in-one

Headland’s Hill of holes-in-one

By Tony Durkin THE odds of an amateur golfer scoring a hole-in-one are 12,500 to one, and the odds of an amateur golfer scoring a hole-in-one on the same hole, in the same event, on three successive years, is ‘off the Richter Scale’ at something like 15 billion to one.  But Headland Golf Club’s A […]

Juniors to the fore at Carbrook Golf Club

Juniors to the fore at Carbrook Golf Club

CARBROOK Golf Club in Brisbane’s east delivers one of the best junior programs in the state. The coaching clinics are delivered by PGA professionals Grant Harriman and Kate Dunn. Both are experienced golf coaches and their enthusiasm is being embraced by the students they coach – juniors, ladies and students with special needs. For juniors […]

Move to forward tees, says US Open winner

Move to forward tees, says US Open winner

FORMER US Open winner Jim Furyk has some sage advice for golfers who have reached the age of 50 – play off the forward tees. The 51-year-old, who won the 2003 US Open and the 2021 US Senior Open, says golf is “fun again” now that he’s on the US Tour Champions and playing from […]

Neil and Todd win the Pineapple

Neil and Todd win the Pineapple

GOLD Coasters Neil Herdegen and Todd Sleep PGA from TS Golf Academy teamed up to win their third successive blind golf tournament at Kooralbyn Valley Golf Resort. The pair edged out more than a dozen players and their caddies over two days to claim the inaugural Kooralbyn Pineapple. Jamie Hain and Big Mark Tooks finished […]

Nambour ladies chip in for a good cause

Nambour ladies chip in for a good cause

MORE than 160 players took part in the Nambour Ladies Golf Club’s annual Cancer Charity Day recently. All proceeds ($2900) went to the Nambour General Hospital’s Cancer Unit.   Nambour ladies president Gail Campling said many players dressed in “cancer pink”, which added to the four-person ambrose fun day.  “There were raffles, auctions, prize for best […]

Yeppoon golfers clean up

Yeppoon golfers clean up

GOLFER from Yeppoon Golf Club made full use of their home course advantage when member Louie Antcliff teamed up with Mt Morgan’s Lance Antcliff to win the 2021 Central Queensland Four-ball Stableford Championships. The pair returned 48 points to finish four points clear of Boyne Island’s Scott Wawrzniak and Steve Gehrman.   The ladies event […]

Hills Golf Academy – school of champions

Hills Golf Academy – school of champions

THE Hills Golf Academy’s motto is Live, Play and Learn and many golfers joined the academy to enhance their careers. Located at Jimboomba near Brisbane, the Hills Golf Academy (HGA) for many years has produced champion golfers under the expert PGA-qualified coaching provided by their world-class staff.  Having coached former world #1 Jason Day and […]

Play a role at the Australian PGA

Play a role at the Australian PGA

THE Australian PGA Championship is fast approaching the fairways of Royal Queensland Golf Club and now is your chance to be involved and get up close and personal with the professional athletes by volunteering your services throughout the week. There are a wide variety of volunteer roles available between Thursday and Sunday, January 13-16. Organisers […]

Top amateurs to return for Avondale Amateur, Bowl

Top amateurs to return for Avondale Amateur, Bowl

AVONDALE Golf Club will host the annual Avondale Amateur from January 18-21. The event will see 120 men and 48 women compete for the 2022 Avondale Medal for men and Avondale Bowl for women. Both will be played over 72 holes on the picturesque course located on the North Shore of Sydney. The Avondale Medal […]

Sandbelt Invitational to give some festive cheer

Sandbelt Invitational to give some festive cheer

By Michael Davis JUST when we thought big tournament golf was done and dusted in Australia, two of Melbourne’s biggest golf names have put their heads together and come up with an innovative event which may help fill the void a little. The 2006 US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and former European Tour player Mike […]

Karrie Webb Cup a boost for women’s golf

Karrie Webb Cup a boost for women’s golf

RECENTLY I was super excited to be involved in a media day held at Royal Queensland Golf Club to announce the launch of the Australian WPGA Championship. It will be played in January and will be played concurrently with the Australian PGA Championship – one of Australian golf’s oldest and most prestigious tournaments. This announcement […]

Council agrees to fund neglected club

Council agrees to fund neglected club

By Michael Davis WOODEND golfers are at their wits’ end. They are frustrated by the local council’s indecision on bringing their dilapidated clubhouse up to safety standard or demolishing it altogether.  ‘It’s very frustrating,” said club secretary Barney Hearnden. “This has been going on for two years.  “It’s so hard to get an answer from […]

Maleny Golf Club reaches out

Maleny Golf Club reaches out

By Richard Owen MALENY Golf Club continues to evolve as an attractive destination for social golf clubs and players of all abilities seeking a unique new golfing challenge and some good old-fashioned country hospitality. Nestled within the lush green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the club’s quality, 18-hole public course provides golfers with a […]

Holes-in-one run in the family

Holes-in-one run in the family

SCORING a hole-in-one might be a rarity in most people’s golf games. And Inside Golf has long since given up recording such feats – as they seem to occur a lot more often than the odds would suggest. Yet, Ian and Dawn Campbell have beaten the ‘ace odds’ in a much different way, which is […]

Nine million reasons why golf is booming

Nine million reasons why golf is booming

By Michael Davis A STAGGERING nine million Australians are interested in swinging a golf club, a ground breaking survey has found. Yet only five per cent of them are members anywhere. The cutting edge research will define Australian golf’s new direction as it sets its sights on a solid path for post-pandemic growth.   Officially launched by the Australian Golf Industry […]

Mount Morgan GC wins prestigious Robinson Cup

Mount Morgan GC wins prestigious Robinson Cup

MOUNT Morgan Golf Club’s #2 team has taken out this year’s historic Robinson Cup teams’ event played at Capella Golf Club in Central Queensland. More than 170 players teed off in the event where the best three nett scores from each four-person team counted. The winning team from Mt Morgan returned a 228 total courtesy […]

The Heath adds short and sharp course

The Heath adds short and sharp course

By Michael Davis KINGSTON Heath is joining the groundswell of club thinking around the world bringing superb par-three experiences to time-poor golfers.  Latrobe and Lonsdale Links are two Victorian clubs already ahead of the game having completed par-three layouts on their sites. The shorter courses are proving a boon for the clubs who already have […]

Billy The Kid a star in the making

Billy The Kid a star in the making

AMONG the young kids who regularly contest the three-hole competitions in the Glasshouse Mountains Zone Futures Tour, Billy Zerbst stands out.  He’s always the smallest. That’s hardly surprising. He’s also the youngest – a four-year-old taking on five- and six-year-olds in a competition aimed at encouraging youngsters to learn and play the game of golf. […]

Ollie, 8, is a River Course ace

Ollie, 8, is a River Course ace

MOST golfers who take up the game of golf will eventually start dreaming about getting a hole-in-one. For many golfers it’s the ultimate prize. Well, the dream became reality for one young Collangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club (CTHGC) junior member when he aced the seventh hole on the River Course. Eight-year-old Ollie Moore stunned golfers […]

Cassie, Tyler complete Keperra Bowl double

Cassie, Tyler complete Keperra Bowl double

FOUR months ago, Cassie Porter struggled to bend down to tie her laces without pain due to a serious back stress fracture. But using her mental strength, Porter, 19, mustered enough strength to lift the women’s Keperra Bowl after coming home with a wet sail over the final four holes with an eagle-birdie-birdie-par finish. The […]

PGA Tour Champions can wait, says Nick O’Hern

PGA Tour Champions can wait, says Nick O’Hern

HE turned 50 in October, but for now Nick O’Hern is content. Melbourne’s frustrating Covid-19 lockdown of the past few months means the West Australian left-hander won’t be rushing off just yet to try his luck on the US PGA Tour Champions.  A winner of multiple titles in Australia and at one time among the top-20 […]

Exciting Golf Journeys in 2022

Exciting Golf Journeys in 2022

GOLF Journeys, an Australian golf travel company, has big plans in store for golfers as the country starts to re-open for travel. The travel company is managed by Mark Hawley, a golf tournament director with over 10 years’ experience, and Rueben Scheckter, a recognised digital and tech-centric entrepreneur.  Hawley and  Scheckter have put their heads […]

New cart shed and practice green for Maleny GC

New cart shed and practice green for Maleny GC

MALENY Golf Club has a new “infinity edge” practice green and a permanent home for its fleet of 24 golf carts following the recent completion of a purpose-built storage shed as part of a key infrastructure project. Some spare space in the shed, which can hold up to 32 carts, is being leased to members […]

No news is not good news when it comes to golf

No news is not good news when it comes to golf

By Michael Davis PARDON this self-indulgence.  But I am more than a little peeved at the mainstream media’s never-ending snub of golf at a time when the game is experiencing a hitherto unseen surge in participation and interest. Do the news editors, sports editors, producers and content creators have their heads buried in the sand […]

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