IT was a busy time for some golf club general managers in the lead-up to welcoming in the New Year.

Some of the general managers on the move included Jon Gahan, who is leaving The National Golf Club as reported in Inside Golf (December 2021).

Then there was Andrew Gay departing Royal Adelaide, Tim Gahan exiting Avondale, Paul Grainger departing Commonwealth, Peter Pacagnan leaving Metropolitan for neighbouring club Commonwealth and Andrew Cooper leaving Portsea Golf Club.

Patrick Young is the new general manager of golf at The Sands Torquay, Jason Wallace is the GM at Barham, John McKay has taken the top job at Flinders, Neil Allen is the new golf operations manager at The Sands Torquay and Mallacoota has appointed Hannah Searl as its general manager.

Lloyd Miller is now boss at Ballarat GC, Calum McCarthy has taken over the GMs role at Cheltenham and Shaun Whitechurch is the chief at Howlong GC.

Meanwhile, Ben Jarvis has been appointed director of golf at Royal Melbourne and Heath Street left Box Hill GC for Commonwealth GC where he is the director of golf.

And in Queensland, Tracey-Lea Tiley departed Hope Island Resort to take up the GMs job at Cottesloe Golf Club in West Australia.

David Hogben, former golf manager at RACV Royal Pines Report, is the new GM at Hope Island Resort.

Meanwhile, Greg Ferry has departed Half Moon Bay Golf Club.

That’s a lot of experience exiting the top job.

“When we think that we’ve seen Dean Stanton leaving Tee Tree Gully Golf Club after 35 years, David Burton from NSW GC after 24 years, Peter Stackpole from Victoria GC after 20 years, Brad Dawson from Royal Perth after 15 years and many others, I start to wonder whether the average seven-year tenure (as per the 2020 survey) has now dropped a year or more,” Golf Management Australia CEO Paul Vardy said in a memo to golf club general managers.

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