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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 […]

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 […]

Club memberships on the rise

Club memberships on the rise

ONE club boasts an incredible 159 per cent jump in membership. And that’s just a part of a golf membership ‘boom’ that has come about due to the Covid-19 pandemic in New South Wales. The golfing landscape has changed dramatically in the 18 months as golf has become the real ‘go-to’ sport with so many […]

Small club delivers big for charity

Small club delivers big for charity

CORAL Cove Golf Club surprised even itself when it held its third annual charity golf day to raise much-needed funds for the Challenge Foundation.  The #DoingitforJarrod fundraising event is held in memory of former PGA professional Jarrod Lyle at courses across Australia to raise funds for families affected by cancer.  Anyway, more than 120 players […]

Pinjarra GC ladies chip in for good cause

Pinjarra GC ladies chip in for  good cause

DESPITE the wet and wild weather conditions, more than 90 women travelled from Royal Perth, Lakelands and Floreat in the north, High Wycombe in the east and Collie in the south to play in Pinjarra Golf Club’s annual Ladies Charity Golf Day. More than $2,600 was raised from competition entry fees, raffles and trade table […]

Cops escape to Top End for Aussie champs, fun

Cops escape to Top End for Aussie champs, fun

A LARGE contingent of interstate police golfers managed to escape the winter cold and pending lockdowns in late July to take part in the Australian Police Golf Championships (APGC) in winter-warm Darwin. It was the first APGC held in Darwin for 23 years. Originally planned to be played in South Australia, the event was moved […]

Shelly Beach Covid Cup

Shelly Beach Covid Cup

By Kim Burke LOCKDOWN golf is different in every club and at the picturesque Shelly Beach GC on the NSW Central Coast it has necessitated a nine-hole competition and social play only to cater for its 1200-plus membership.  The women’s committee, through their 250-plus closed members Facebook group, decided to add a bit of fun […]

WA’s Melville Glades attracts women, girls

WA’s Melville Glades attracts women, girls

IN these harsh Covid-19 times across Australia, golf in all its forms – private and social club memberships, public course participation and those people who would normally be travelling throughout the country or overseas, are turning to golf. This is particularly so in Western Australia which, according to Golf WA CEO Gary Thomas. The State […]

Only the best for Keperra Bowl

Only the best for Keperra Bowl

MANY leading golf tournaments (professional and amateur) are being cancelled or pushed back, but not the Keperra Bowl which has been played annually at Keperra Country Golf Club in Brisbane for the past 16 years. The prestigious Keperra Bowl, a 72-hole Golf Australia Order of Merit and R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking Event, is scheduled […]

Outback Queensland awaits golfers

Outback Queensland awaits golfers

THE 2021 Outback Queensland Masters only recently completed its 1900km journey across Outback Queensland, but players are already planning to take part in the 2022 tournament. Next year’s event will again take players across outback Queensland … all the way to Birdsville on the edge of the Simpson Desert where a $1 million hole-in-one prize […]

Super day for Muree GC’s super

Super day for Muree GC’s super

WHAT is a course superintendent’s plan of action when he has a wish list for new equipment, including a much-needed turf cutter? Well, in the case of Muree Golf Club’s super Robert Baker you casually mention it to a club member whose wife just happens to be a staff member and keen golfer. That is […]

Massive mini-golf facility for Oxley GC

Massive mini-golf facility for Oxley GC

Historic near unanimous vote by the members of Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane has paved the way for a significant development project at the club. Following nine months of planning and investigation, the club recently started the construction of a unique mini-golf facility, which will be positioned on what was the par-3 ninth hole. The […]

Lady president a ‘first’ for Boonah Golf Club

Lady president a ‘first’ for Boonah Golf Club

Boonah Golf Club members recently elected its first female president in the club’s 93-year history. Ms Bernice Dover, 66, was elected unopposed, together with a new management committee, at a special general meeting. Ms Dover, a former human resources professional with some 30 years experience nationally and internationally, said she wanted to “build the club’s […]

Hickory event heads Down Under

Hickory event heads Down Under

Certainly the pandemic and travel restrictions has changed golf and how it is played all around the world. Even organisers of the National Hickory Championships, which have been played in the US for 23 years, were forced to make changes to allow “foreigners” a chance to compete. For those that could not play at the […]

Cranbourne’s triple treat

Cranbourne’s triple treat

By Michael Davis It’s big news when anyone has a hole-in-one at your club. But at Cranbourne, in Melbourne’s south-east, they’re claiming what must be some sort of a record after three members scored aces in eight days – two of them in three days. Steven Leigh and Mark Hammerschlag landed their gems on the […]

Pandemic keeping golf industry healthy

Pandemic keeping golf industry healthy

By Michael Davis No matter what level we play the great game of golf, everyone is aware that in Covid times it is increasingly difficult to obtain a tee time. Now the boom in Australian golf, which has been quite anecdotally, has been confirmed by the release of official AusPlay statistics. They show that golf […]

Display apartment opens at golf course retirement community

Display apartment opens at golf course retirement community

An exciting milestone in the creation of Living Choice Parkwood, a 200-apartment retirement community to be built at Parkwood Golf Course, was celebrated on 22nd May when the village’s first display apartment was unveiled to the public. Living Choice Parkwood, described as ‘Golf resort living for the un-retiring’, is Living Choice’s 11th retirement village and […]

John Coote – six decades a champion

John Coote – six decades a champion

Inverell Golf Club’s John Coote recently racked up his 18th club championship title, but what’s extraordinary is he has won the title in six successive decades. The 68-year-old won his first championship at the northern New South Wales club in 1977, aged 25, and continued his good form winning the championship in the ’80s, ’90s, […]

Club champions in four decades

Club champions in four decades

Headland Golf Club has produced a rare double in 2021 with both men’s and women’s club champions – Adam Richards and Josie Ryan – winning their respective titles over a four-decade period.  Arguably, it’s a first for a Queensland club with a playing membership of 1000-plus.  Josie joined Headland in 1992 but did not contest […]

Parish fires up for another open victory

Parish fires up for another open victory

BILOELA’S Golf Club Dylan Parish is on fire. The Central Queensland golfer racked up another open title – the Yeppoon Men’s Open Championship – to go with wins at Baralaba, Gladstone, Gracemere, Town of 1770 and Rockhampton golf clubs this year. Parish carded rounds of 72-67 for a 139 total to take out the 36-hole […]

Five Monash golfers breaking their age

Five Monash golfers breaking their age

Most golfers are in two minds when asked what they would prefer . . . a hole in one, or a par round during their golf careers. But there is another ‘Holy Grail’ in golf and usually it is far beyond the likes of most golfers. That is breaking your age around a golf course. […]

Volunteers make a difference at Dunedoo

Volunteers make a difference at Dunedoo

As you drive into Dunedoo, a tiny town west of Sydney with a population of about 800, the sign says: ‘Where the people make the difference’. And that was tested to the utmost when their golf course was ploughed up by a vandal on a tractor one night recently, destroying the nine-hole golf course. Enter […]

13th Beach women create club history

13th Beach women create club history

A skilled team of women golfers from 13th Beach Golf Links on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula created club history last month when it won the Division 1 pennant for the first time in the club’s short history. The club celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. For the past 19 years, the 13th Beach Golf Links women […]

Will White new pro at Launceston

Will White new pro at Launceston

By Michael Davis New Launceston Golf Club professional, Will White, had a feeling things would work out for him when he moved from the Sunshine Coast to Tasmania a few years ago. The first week he was there, he met his now wife, Jen, and they have since had a son, Bodhi, 10 months. “As […]

Sydney clubs battle floods

Sydney clubs battle floods

IT will forever go down as a time when survival suddenly became far more important than golf for a few days in Sydney’s north-west. When torrential rain flooded Sydney and the Warragamba Dam overflowed, a game of golf was probably the last thing on anyone’s mind. Yet saving their golf courses still became a priority […]

60 years for Nelson Bay

60 years for Nelson Bay

PERHAPS the only thing missing from Nelson Bay Golf Club’s storied history is recognition outside of one of the most popular holiday spots in our country, Port Stephens. Just about everything else has been squeezed into its 60 years. There’s been fires, floods, name changes, birthdays, anniversaries…you name it, and it has probably happened in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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