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Closing the (gender membership) gap Richard Fellner Group Editor richard@insidegolf.com.au @insidegolf

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ast month, we received a letter which highlighted a growing concern by many golfers. The letter (Why 7 isn’t 7, Letters section) explained how a typical 7-day women’s membership, for example, doesn’t generally allow women to play golf on Wednesdays or Saturdays (men’s-only comps days); effectively making their membership a 5-day membership. Since then, I’ve received a variety of letters on this subject, with most in support of this viewpoint. A few letters, however, argued the contrarian viewpoint that it’s the 7-day Male members who get shorted, as they cannot play on Tuesdays (women only) or Fridays (during Vets comps at some courses), etc. And what about juniors? While they certainly pay far less, I hear numerous stories (from a variety of juniors) about how they struggle to find any convenient time to play. Regardless of the viewpoint, it’s clear that many club members feel that they may not be getting the best

value for their membership dollar— which (in addition to time constraints, etc) is one of the top reasons why traditional club membership numbers are currently on the decline. Over many years, I have argued at length in this column that clubs, members and committees need to wake up and take dramatic, swift action to change their mindsets from the old, traditional models into a new way of thinking. Without swift action, more and more clubs will (I guarantee) be forced to close or amalgamate. So, in the same vein as my recent “colour blind” article for teeboxes (which has evidently struck a positive chord in the industry, see story below), I reckon it’s time for more clubs to create a gender-neutral membership, with timesheets open to all who are available/willing to play (and pay). Clubs like Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, for example, give men and women equal playing and voting rights. Another club, Cromer Golf Club, not only adopted a gender neutral membership structure a while ago (which, by the way, was supported by both the Men’s and Women’s Captains) it actually took the idea one step further, hosting its first gendercombined Club Championships.

These two clubs (and others like them) should be applauded for adopting a brilliant, modern attitude that certainly deserves to be examined by many clubs across Australia. Women (our most important demographic for growth of the game) deserve to be treated the same as men, and welcomed to our clubs as full/regular members (not just “Associates”.) Sure, open timesheets and gender neutrality may not be applicable to ALL clubs across Australia—it could potentially cause some scheduling issues, etc—but adopting some form of flexibility in our membership models is definitely the way forward, and would be beneficial for the longterm health of our game. See you on the fairways,

Winner of multiple Australian Golf Media Awards -- including “Best Column” for his monthly Starters Box –Group Editor Richard Fellner is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and the Golf Society of Australia, and he is a regular guest on many Australian “sports talk” radio shows.

Inside Golf editor wins esteemed media award The  Australian Golf Media Association  (AGMA) last month announced the winners of the 20152016 Australian Golf Media Awards, honouring excellence in golf media. Inside Golf Group Editor Richard Fellner took top honours in the “Best Opinion” category, receiving the illustrious award for work in his Page 5 Starters Box column. Fellner’s editorial, Suited to a tee: going beyond the Red White and Blue (March, 2016, available on our website), was praised by the judges for its progressive insight into helping golfers and golf clubs adopt a “colour blind” attitude to help foster greater enjoyment of golf. “Richard’s prolific output of editorials on all facets of golf have been read by many,” the judges’ comments said. “This insightful comment piece urged Clubs to make greater use of a variety of tee boxes and remove the stigma of hitting off shorter tees to encourage greater enjoyment, faster play and better variety for every golf course.”

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the International and local golf scene including Mr John Hopkins OAM  the Chair of Golf Australia and Mr Keith Macintosh the Captain of the R&A.

“I am tremendously honoured and humbled to receive this award,” Fellner said. “An award like this represents a team effort; I’m fortunate to have a highly-supportive group at Inside Golf. Our publisher, Sam Arthur, regularly encourages the editorial team to ‘push the boundaries’ with progressive and passionate articles like these. I would also like to thank the many readers of Inside Golf. Their feedback, ideas and support over the years has been instrumental in helping us to craft innovative content, and produce what has become Australia’s Most-Read Golf Magazine.”

Other winners included Brett Robinson (Australian Turfgrass Journal) who captured two awards, “Best News Report” and “Best Visual Medium”; Bruce Matthews (Golf Victoria Magazine) for “Best Feature”, Bruce Young (iseekgolf ) for “Best Reportage, Women’s Golf”; and The Seven Network for “Best Electronic Media.”

The award ceremony was held at the AGMA annual dinner at Sydney’s Bonnie Doon Golf Club during last month’s Emirates Australian Open. AGMA 2016 Honouree Peter Senior presented the awards in front of dignitaries from

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Poulter, Top Aussies to battle on the Gold Coast

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OUR of Australia’s top-5 players will head to the Gold Coast this month to contest the Australian PGA Championship, December 1-4 at RACV Royal Pines. Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser will join defending champion Nathan Holman, England’s Ian Poulter, big hitting Canadian Jamie Sadlowski and a host of other players to battle for the illustrious Kirkwood Cup. This has been a phenomenal year for Hend and Fraser, who have both won on the European Tour and competed at the Olympics. Hend returns home to Queensland following one of his best seasons on the European Tour, recording six top-10 finishes including a win at the True Thailand Classic, plus a victory at the Queen’s Cup on the Asian Tour. Fraser impressed the world with strong play in Rio, as well as his victory at the European Tour and Asian Tour co-sanctioned Maybank Championship Malaysia; his first win in six years. A 12-time winner on the European Tour with a career high world ranking of Number 5, Ian Poulter will compete in his first Australian PGA Championship. “Australia really is a fantastic place to play golf, I always receive such strong support from the fans, so I am looking forward to playing the Australian PGA Championship,” said Poulter, who has played in Australia a previous 13 times. U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Curtis Luck will also play the event, paired in the first two rounds with Adam Scott. 2016 has been a dream year for the 20-yearold West Australian. In May, Luck won the WA Open, while in August he became just the second Australian to win the coveted U.S. Amateur Championship. He then backed it up with a victory at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship. PGA TOUR player Harold Varner III is also returning to the Gold Coast for the event.

Ian Poulter and Adam Scott will take centre stage at this month’s Australian PGA Championships The gregarious young American was a hit with fans at RACV Royal Pines Resort last year, narrowly losing the title to Nathan Holman in a playoff. This year, Varner returns a more experienced player having completed his rookie season on the PGA TOUR and played in his first Major; The Open Championship.

and is looking forward to returning to the Australian PGA Championship.

“Players that are entertaining and bring a high level of energy to tournaments, endear themselves to the Australian crowd,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia. “Harold Varner III certainly achieved this at the Australian PGA Championship last year. He was exciting to watch on the golf course and engaging off it.

The field also includes South Australian Chris Duke, who won the 2016 PGA Professionals Championship at Hamilton Island Golf Club, qualifying alongside runnerup Mathew Docking.

“Harold earned plenty of fans last year and we are delighted to have him join us again at RACV Royal Pines Resort for the Australian PGA Championship.” While the crowds were charmed by Varner, he was equally enamoured by the Gold Coast

“I really enjoyed my time at the Australian PGA Championship last year. The Gold Coast was an awesome location and everyone was friendly,” said Varner.

The 2016 tournament will feature an array of entertainment on and off the course, but it’s the Soniq Million Dollar Hole where the tournament really comes alive. While players aim to ace their way to a big pay day, fans will be celebrating in the sun with great food, music and entertainment. The week also includes the Cobra Puma Orange Crush Kids Day, Greg Norman Medal and Summer Soiree. •

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Nicholas inducted Nisbet nabs hardware in Hong Kong into Hall of Champions PGA Legends Tour Player Geoff Nicholas AM has been inducted into the 2016 NSW Hall of Champions for his achievements in amputee golf and promotion of the sport. Nicholas was inducted alongside Rugby League player Harry Wells, Baseball’s Craig Shipley, Softball’s Natalie Ward and Yachtsman Malcolm Page OAM. Nicholas was considered the pinnacle of amputee and disabled golf, dominating his sport for nearly two decades. He won both the British and U.S. Amputee Open Championships for 12 consecutive years between 1990 and 2002. In total, he won over 30 national titles across countries including Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Australia. The result of a congenital disability, Nicholas had his right leg amputated below the knee at age 11, but this did not get him down and he played his first game of golf the following year. He joined The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney in 1981 where he began his golfing career. His achievements were not limited to disabled golf as he earned the right to compete on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 1992 against the likes of Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. He shot a course record in the 1994 Singapore Open and followed it up with prominent finishes in the 1996 Australian and New Zealand Opens. “I am humbled to be here and of my achievements. As a kid I was into all sports but after the surgery I really got into golf. I’ve been privileged to play golf across the world and against some of the greatest players,” remarked Nicholas in his induction speech. Not only an incredible player, Nicholas has dedicated his time and energy into promoting inclusive golf through programs with the Special Olympics and clinics for returned service veterans.

In a dramatic finish to Hong Kong’s first PGA TOUR China Series event, Australia’s Danel Nisbet won a suddendeath playoff against American Alex Kang, sinking a 10-foot eagle putt to beat Kang for the RMB1.2 million Clearwater Bay Open.

Playing in the penultimate group, the Australian carded a six-underpar 64 for a 15-under-total of 265, a figure matched by Kang after the Californian birdied the par-five 18th for a 69. American Charlie Saxon, second on the Order of Merit, shot a second successive 65 to finish alone in third at 14-under.

A return to the Hong Kong Golf Club from December 8 to 11 will also spur him to chase for a second UBS Hong Kong Open victory following his triumph in 2014.

“I knew that if I controlled the speed of the putt that it would go in. I was a little bit excited as I put a good score together and then found out I was in a playoff, so there were a lot of emotions running through my body. Prior to this event, Nisbet had only one top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR China Series – a tie for sixth in Nanjing in June – after competing in six events in 2014 and eight events this year. “This is by far the largest event that I’ve won and it’s my wife’s birthday tomorrow so I guess she’ll be expecting a much bigger present now,” laughed Nisbet. Nisbet followed Rohan Blizard as the second Australian champion on this year’s PGA TOUR China Series.

Marco marks historic double Zirov, a second-year Trainee at Eastlake Golf Club in Sydney, was not only presented with a $1000 cheque from Inside Golf and the PGA of Australia NSW/ ACT Division for his Match Play victory, but also captured the 2016 Order of Merit title. Zirov became the first Trainee to win the Match Play title and the Order of Merit

Australian Scott Hend will be hoping to put the icing on the cake at this month’s US$2 million UBS Hong Kong Open by sealing the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown in Fanling. Long-hitting Hend is the frontrunner to become the first Aussie winner of the coveted Merit title in Asia following a season to remember which includes two victories.

“That’s the fastest my heart has ever been beating on a golf course. It was just so exciting,” said Nisbet.

Inside Golf NSW/ACT PGA Trainee Match Play Champion Marco Zirov landed a unique dual honour at the 2016 awards presentation night at Monash Golf Club last month.

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in the same year after scoring three wins and a string of high placings in the weekly Trainees tournaments. Toukley Golf Club’s Trainee Robbie Hogan also made history when he was named the NSW/ACT PGA Male Player of Year. Hogan won not only the NSW/ACT Trainees Strokeplay Championship but also the Queensland title. Other award winners presented on the night were: Female Player of the Year: Adriana Brent (Camden Studley Park) and the Rookie Trainee of the Year: Ben Stowe (Royal Sydney Golf Club).

Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are tipped to challenge Hend and the rest of a stellar field that includes title holder and Olympic Games gold medalist Justin Rose, Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett and Ryder Cup stars Patrick Reed and Rafa Cabrera Bello. The UBS Hong Kong Open, jointly sanctioned by the European Tour and the Hong Kong Golf Association, is the seasonending tournament on the Asian Tour and Hend is eager to conclude his 2016 campaign on a high note. “I’m looking forward to returning to the UBS Hong Kong Open. Going back to Fanling which I’ve won at previously will be lots of fun and I’m hoping to play my best golf there again to contend for another win,” said Hend. The widely travelled Hend has emerged as the most successful international golfer in the region with nine Asian Tour victories which include two victories in Thailand this year. He also produced six other top-10s around the world and has risen to 63rd on the Official World Golf Ranking. The US-based Aussie has a US$300,000 plus lead in the race to become the new Asian Tour number one and he is keen to also break into the world’s top-50 before 2016 closes which will earn him a maiden trip to the Masters Tournament next spring.

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End of an era for TRP Sports

Golfers hit fairways after storm

Veteran Golf Promoter Tony Roosenburg has decided to close the doors on his golf promotions business, TRP Sports after 36 years. “It has been an amazing run of success since I arrived as an immigrant from the Netherlands in 1981 and started with Tony Charlton in the Golf Industry, ” said to Roosenburg.

A former member of the Ladies European Tour and ALPG Tour in Australia, Anne Marie-Knight was named Teaching Professional of the Year at last month’s SA Golf Industry Awards Night.

TRP Sports was responsible for the running of the 1988 World Cup and 1998 Presidents Cup both at Royal Melbourne Golf Club as well as the 2001 Accenture Matchplay Championship at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Knight became the first female recipient of the award in South Australia and only the second in Australia following in the footsteps of Denise Hutton who won the award in New South Wales in 2013

However, its greatest success story was the start of the Heineken Classic in 1993 at the Vines Resort in Perth and it was followed by being the first Australian Golf Tournament to be cosanctioned with the European Tour from 1996 onwards. Its purse grew quickly from a mere $300K in 1993 to $2 million and the “Heineken,” as it was referred to, ultimately outgrew Perth and was played for its final four years, between 2002-2005 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. It is still to this day the biggest prize money event Australia has ever had. Since 2005, TRP Sports, under the expert leadership of Tournament Director Roseanne Goddard, has been responsible for the running of the PGA Championship at Hyatt Regency Coolum and Royal Pines and the last nine Emirates Australian Opens in Sydney. “With the PGA contract terminating in 2014 and this year’s Australian Open being our last, it is a very opportune time to say farewell to what has been the most amazing 36 years I could have ever wished for,” said Roosenburg.

TIMBER: One of the many fallen trees at Mildura Golf Resort. LESS than 12 hours after a Friday night freak thunderstorm devastated Mildura and took a wild swing at Mildura Golf Resort, the club’s members were back playing golf – albeit on a course with a few more hazards. The resort’s general manager Nick Cavallo told Inside Golf as many as six massive trees were uprooted. “We had a lot of trees down and limbs and debris covered a lot of the golf course ,” he said. “There was a small amount of damage to a number of greens but nothing that stopped play. “It wasn’t a course changer, but a lot of work is needed to be done to clear the debris and remove the fallen trees.

“There was a lot of water damage to one corner of an office, but the motels were okay,” he said. “The electrical storm took out the office server as well so we were offline for a few days.” The cleanup is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars. Member Robyn Downs, who lives beside the sixth hole, said the storm was ferocious. “When I got up in the morning I couldn’t believe the number of huge trees that had been knocked over,” she said. “I grabbed my camera and walked around taking photos of the damage.

“The golfers were able to play on Saturday morning. Of course, there were a number of drop zones created where trees had fallen.”

“I think most of the damage was to the front nine, but I couldn’t believe golfers were out there playing on Saturday morning.”

Cavallo said there was minimal damage to the clubhouse.

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“It was a nice shot at the last to set up the win for us,” he said. A few days later, Sir Bob approached Hamish and asked if I could help him with a crusade. “This involves getting more people to play the game and to have more fun doing so,” Hamish explained. “His strategy is to change the rules to encourage faster and more fair golf. “In a nutshell, Sir Bob is proposing shorter holes, no provisional balls (play from where ball was last seen for one stroke penalty), preferred lie on own fairway, putt with the flag in, and after hitting the ball in the hazard you should have the drop zone on the other side of the hazard. Sir Bob Charles (third from left) poses with Noosa Springs’ teaching professional Hamish Robertson, Blake Heiniger and Geoff Saunders.

Sir Bob delights locals By David Newbery IT’S not often a knight turns up to play a round of golf at a golf club on the Sunshine Coast, but Sir Bob Charles thrilled staff and members at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort when he visited the resort recently. According to teaching professional Hamish Robertson, a fellow Kiwi, the 1963 Open Championship winner and first left-handed golfer to win a major was delighted with the layout and condition of the golf course.

“His short game was better than most toplevel golf professionals I have had the privilege to play with in my time. “Sir Bob was getting everything up and down as if he was a young 16-year-old again and his light-hearted humour around the course was something I will always remember. For someone who is supposed to be getting old, I was so impressed and he just seems to be getting better. “He thought the Noosa Springs layout was a good challenge,” Hamish said.

“He was in holiday mode, which was nice,” Hamish said.

Well, Noosa Springs must have left a good impression on Sir Bob because, like Arnold Schwarzenegger he said “I’ll be back”.

“It was with great pleasure for me and my caddie for the day, member Barry Robertson, to watch the flow Sir Bob had with his game.

“He loved the environment and the experience and said he would be back so that is a good sign,” Hamish said.

“Playing off the blue tees, Sir Bob scored 74 off the stick to beat his age by six strokes and scored 35 points off his 1 handicap. He just did it with ease.

For the record, Hamish and his playing partner on the day, Geoff Saunders, edged out Sir Bob and Blake Heiniger one-up when Hamish eagled the par-5 18th hole.

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“So my recommendation is to have one day a month designed around this,” Hamish said. “I’ll call it Sunday Funday. Hamish is calling on Noosa Springs members to embrace the idea and invite other golfers to join in the fun.

Sandhurst, Rossdale discuss merger Melbourne’s Sandhurst Club has put forth a formal offer to Rossdale Golf Club to work towards a merger between the two clubs. In the offer, which was sent to Rossdale Golf Club on October 31st, Sandhurst noted that the merger aims to “provide RGC and SHC members with a wider range of sustainable benefits both in the short and long term” as well as “a modern, broader offering and establishing a robust, viable club that will prosper through the inevitable change facing the golf industry.” Under the terms of the proposed offer, Rossdale golf course and facilities would remain open and operate as at present for at least 3 years. Financial support for Rossdale golf course and facilities would be provided in the order

of between $300,000 and $500,000 during that period. Rossdale voting members would receive complimentary 10-year membership subscriptions, while all golf members would be able to play at both of Sandhurst’s two 18hole layouts as well as the 18 holes at Rossdale golf course while it remains open. The offer also highlights the development of a new sporting, cultural and environmental complex (which could include leading-edge golf practice and entertainment facilities integrated within a new public sports precinct on a portion of the RGC land) to the value of $10m, that would be gifted to the Aspendale community. Rossdale voting members would be offered a golf shareholding in SHAL (Sandhurst entity which owns the golf courses and clubhouse facilities), with as naming rights of one of the SHC golf courses to “Rossdale”. The next steps of the process would require a Heads of Agreement by the respective Boards, negotiation and development of detailed proposal, external due diligence process, a proposal put to RGC members to vote on, and, if a favourable vote is received the proposal will be implemented through the execution of a transition agreement.

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GSM new Operator of Peregian Golf Course Golf Services Management Pty Ltd (GSM) has been granted a lease to operate the Peregian golf course and clubhouse for 5 years with a further 5 year option. GSM is a golf course management company operating five golf courses in Victoria – Bay Views, Kingston Links, Ranfurlie, St Andrews Beach and Morack Golf Course and Driving range.

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Headland turns pink and blue FOR the seventh year in a row, Headland Golf Club hosted the annual pink/blue day for the breast cancer and prostate cancer organisations on the Sunshine Coast. With capacity fields for the men’s and women’s competitions the club raised more than $6000 for these worthy causes. From best-dressed teams to monster raffles, art auctions and mulligan golf shots, the members all enjoyed a great

day both on the golf course and in the clubhouse afterwards. Over the past seven years, in excess of $30,000 has been shared by the Cindy MacKenzie Breast Cancer Programme and the Sunshine Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group from this popular event. Representatives from both organisations praised and thanked the members for their great support and ensured them the monies would be well spent.

GSM Company Director Ian Denny stated that he is “excited by the prospect of re-establishing this wonderful golf course and facility. GSM has been through a similar experience at St Andrews Beach where it reopened after a period of closure in 2009 and the course has been profitable and highly ranked ever since. The maintenance team from Solid Ground have done a fantastic job in keeping the course up to a standard that will see plenty of smiling golfers hitting the fairways again very shortly.” Holdings Chairman Geoff Grady said: “Access to and maintenance of a high quality golf course and clubhouse is vital to the amenity that residents of Peregian Springs community enjoy and value. We appreciate that the period of administration and financial difficulties that the Peregian Springs Golf Club has been through has been upsetting to the former members of the Peregian Springs Golf Club and the broader Peregian Springs and Sunshine Coast community. We are confident that residents and general public will again enjoy everything that this wonderful golf course has to offer under the new management of GSM.” It is anticipated that GSM will reopen the course for play mid December 2016. More: www.peregiangolf.com.au The holes closest to the course’s eastern boundary - the sixth and seventh - were worst affected and the club engaged the support of Macedon Ranges Shire engineer Leslie Woo to produce plans for a drain along the club’s eastern boundary.

Heavy rainfall forced the closure of Romsey GC for eight weeks

Romsey Re-opens Romsey Golf Club is back in business after extreme rainfall forced its closure for eight weeks up until the end of spring. Six hundred millimetres of rain fell in the central Victorian town from late July to early October and the golf course remained closed from September 3 to October 29. “The closure has lost the club between $4,000 and $5,000,” said Romsey Golf Club President Tony Lakey. “These

figures are based on our takings for the same period in 2015, this includes green fees, comp fees, weekly raffle and bar takings.” “The extended wet made it impossible to get machinery on to the course so the fairways had to be cut by the rough mowers, first at rough height, then again lowered before we could get the fairway mower into play. It was not until the second week of October we were able to get mowers on to some of the fairways.”

“Newearth Constructions undertook this work and results were rapid with a heavy flow of water through the new drain and into the storm water pit in the south-eastern corner of [Romsey] Park,” Lakey said. The drain removed surface water from the course but the soil remained wet until late spring. “The golf club hopes to use much of [the] soil around the Park to fill in low spots, repair tracks, top dress the large mounds behind the fourth, ninth and 18th greens and build or extend tees.”

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Ayr, no mangoes this year FOR Ayr Golf Club, 45 minutes south of Townsville in the bountiful Burdekin District, mangoes are an important revenue stream. With more than 750 mango trees lining 16 of its 18 fairways, the club can usually rely on income from the sale of the fruit, but not this year according to the club’s president Neville Eartorne. “This year the trees didn’t flower so there won’t be any mangoes,” he said. “We have mango trees lining the fairways on most holes except of two par-3s – the third and ninth holes.”

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Leo bowls over COMPETITORS OVER the past decade, Keperra Country Golf Club president Leo Scott has met every player that has competed in the Keperra Bowl - an internationally recognised 72-hole tournament.

Mind you, some of the more than 200 members might grumble occasionally when they spray their golf ball under the trees.

“The players also give us a lot of feedback and positive comments about the condition of the golf course.

“If you hit your ball left or right you virtually have no option but to chip out sideways,” Neville said.

“Over the past five years, the club has had a clear capital improvement plan and recently two refurbished holes on our front nine were opened.

Currently, Ayr Golf Club is without a greenkeeper, however, a group of keen members ensure the maintenance of the golf course.

“These improvements definitely created a few new challenges for Keperra Bowl field this year.”

“We don’t have reciprocal rights with other clubs,” Neville said. “We have reciprocal rights with everyone who has a Golf Australia handicap and carries a GolfLink card.” “ They are welcome to play in our competition days.”

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Gainsborough Greens set for Halcyon days

“It’s been a pleasure and humbling to know that I have spoken to every player that has played in the Keperra Bowl in the last 10 years,” said Leo, who has been a member of the club for 48 years. “I’m amazed at how many players come up on the fourth day and say ‘thanks for putting on this event’. It’s really gratifying to hear that.

Ayr is a friendly club that welcomes visitors.

“The following year I was vice-captain, then captain for four years and next year will be my fifth year as president. Then I have to stand down for 12 months before I can re-apply.”

As the starter of the elite amateur event, Leo makes a habit of meeting and chatting with all the players when they collect their cards and pin-sheets.

Many years ago, the club planted the trees specifically as an additional income source.

“The volunteers are doing a great job,” Neville added. “Some of them are over 70 years old and they work non-stop to make sure the course is in good shape.”

“When I retired I did home renovations and in my second year of retirement I was elected to go on the committee.

First played in 2004, the club is now planning next year’s tournament – the 14th – after the Sunshine Coast’s Charlie Dann won this year’s event with a 19-under-par score. “We have a contract to host the event for the next four years,” Leo said. “Obviously, the members have to give the course up for the week so we negotiate with local clubs for our members to play in their competitions. “It (tournament) is very high profile. It’s a Golf Australia national selection event and five years ago the Royal and Ancient agreed to make it an international event so we do get international players playing in it.

THE Gold Coast is set to launch Australia’s first over-50s golf and country club community following the sale of Gainsborough Greens Golf Club. Developer Halcyon, who settled its purchase of the golf club and adjoining land at Pimpama, will commence work on a 500-plus community within months. The deal includes an 114ha holding, which includes the golf club, 18-hole golf course and 34ha of residential development land.

Keperra Country Golf Club president Leo Scott.

“There’s nothing else in Australia with all these ingredients and this presents a unique offering to our market,” Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said.

“Some of the previous winners, like Marc Leishman, are now playing and winning on the PGA Tour.

“The site itself is a green island within a master-planned community, surrounded by reserves, greenery and golf but in proximity to all the daily amenities sought after by over 50s.

“We have had Jason Day and Cameron Smith play in the Keperra Bowl.” A retired hospital administration manager, Leo has been club president for four years. “While I was working I said I would never go on the club’s committee because you need time to dedicate to the role,” said Leo, who lives beside the 11th hole just 405m from the clubhouse.

“This acquisition represents a wonderful opportunity for Halcyon to develop its largest community in one of the fastestgrowing regions in Australia.” The golf course will remain open to Gainsborough Greens residents and the public.


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Chirnside Park Scrambles to a final

from playing the next shot. Once the team’s ball is on the putting green, all four team members can putt.

Chirnside Park Country Club in Melbourne’s far east had never qualified a men’s or women’s team for the Championship Final of the Holden Scramble until the 2016 edition when both made it to the national decider.

Gardiners Run PGA professional Aaron Cox helped both teams to the national Final, joining the women’s team of Cheryl Hudson, Gail James, Margaret Gridley and Brenda Henderson and men’s team of Brian Paterson, Julian Armstrong, Matthew King and Rob Ochiltree.

Competing for Gardiners Run, which is Chirnside Park’s nearby 18-hole championship golf course, the club’s men’s and women’s teams won their respective Regional and State Finals to qualify for the Championship Final at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from November 25-28. Gardiners Run’s women’s team won the Women’s State Final at Ranfurlie Golf Club on October 14, scoring 54.9 shots in the four-person elimination ambrose format. The club’s men’s team was victorious in the Regional Final at Sandhurst Club on October 26 with a winning total of 55 shots. Under elimination ambrose, all team members tee off on every hole, teams choose one shot and the golfer whose shot is chosen is eliminated

But Cox could only compete for one team in the Championship Final at Twin Waters. “We [had] to make the decision, we’ve got another pro who is actually a member here, Rhys Granger, he’s the pro who will play with the guys’ side,” Gardiners Run Golf Course Manager Mark Boulton said.” Gardiners Run was exceptionally close to qualifying two men’s teams for the Championship Final. In its men’s Regional Final, the Gardiners Run teamed guided by PGA professional Granger finished third on 55.8 - only 0.1 of a shot behind the second-placed team from Rossdale Golf Club, which also qualified for the national Final.

Cranbourne’s new 14th (photo provided by Mike Cocking)

New par-3 at Cranbourne shaping up Cranbourne Golf Club’s new par-3 14th hole is expected to be available for play as early as March next year. The soon-to-be-opened hole will measure 135m from the back tee and replace the old 165-metre par-3 14th on adjacent land. “It’s come up really well,” said Mike Cocking from Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead Golf Course Design, which began earthworks on the new hole in September. “The final phase will be taking all that vegetation that used to be in the tee carry of the old 14th and virtually placing that in the tee carry of the new hole, so pretty instantaneously, it’ll feel like an old, established hole and it’ll feel like the hole we’re replacing.” Cocking said the new 14th will provide added versatility in terms of distance. “It’s quite a long green, it’s about 36-37m long, so the back pin’s probably 146 or 147m.

“It’s got a big tee, you can send everything forward and maybe play it at barely 100m.” The newly created par-3 will reduce walking distances between Cranbourne’s 13th, 14th and 15th holes. “From the 13th, which is the par-five down the hill, it was kind of a long walk to get to the 14th, the par-3, and then another long walk back to the short par-4 tee of the 15th, so you had these funny walks which kind of made for a bit of a clunky routing.” Cocking said, unlike the old 14th which was protected at the front, left and right by bunkers, members and guests tackling the new hole will have the opportunity to run their ball onto the green. “There’s actually a fairway short of the green now and more short grass around the right of the green. And that was the problem on the old green, there was literally no fairway.” “With some of the most memorable holes in Melbourne being short par 3s, this hole promises to be a great addition to this list. It should be a fun hole for all to play.”

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Left-handed golfers fire up MORE than 140 golfers took part in the 51st National Association of Left-Handed Golfers Australia (NALGA) championships at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast last month. Queensland’s Drew Herbert, playing in his first national championship, carded rounds of 7173-79-73 for a 296 total to win the national title. He finished 16 shots clear of runner-up Michael Maynard of New South Wales. The ACT’s Cheryl Gorham took out the women’s title with a score of 330 – nine shots clear of South Australia’s Valerie Callaghan. It was Cheryl’s 16th national championship. The championship recognised men’s and women’s A, B and C grade gross and nett winners and runners-up as well as veterans, super veterans and teams event winners. Nathan Lutton, Mike Horkings, Brett Cawthray and Darren Wildman from the Town of 1770 Golf Club show off the spoils of victory after winning the Robinson Cup.

TOWN OF 1770 team wins Robinson Cup MORE than 168 golfers from Central Queensland and the Central Highlands converged on Emu Park Golf Club to play in the Robinson Cup. From the start, the scores changed frequently, however, it was the number two team from Springsure Golf Club that led after the morning draw. When the second draw players came in, the best score kept on improving with Yeppoon’s number one team looking good, but it was the Town of 1770 number two team of Mike Hawkins (67), Matthew Lutton (72), Brett Cawthray (73)

and supported by Darren Wildman with a score of 212 who won the Robinson Cup just ahead of Dysart’s number one team represented by Mick Conway, Greg Walters, Joe Lindley and Todd Mallinson. The individual gross went to Yeppoon’s Trevor Tougher with a two-under-par 70 from Blackwater’s Adam Mallick (76).

Neville Chatterton (NZ) and Ken Burles (Tasmania) won the Doug Bachli Cup with a score of 142 from Trevor Wesener (Qld) and Stephen Despotovic (NSW) on 144. The Queensland team of Drew Herbert, Jamie Pitt, Chris Carley and Craig Bartholomew won the Len Nettleford Trophy. Team NSW (Michael Maynard, Peter Sheridan, Peter Richards and John Spargo) finished runners-up. New Zealand’s Neville Chatterton won the Founders Trophy.

The Town of 1770 won the best result from a zone outside Keppel zone.

Meanwhile, Nambour Golf Club’s Trevor Wesener can claim a double after winning the New Zealand Left Handed Golf Association’s Division 4 (handicaps 18.9 to 26.2) title earlier this year and the C grade nett title at Royal Pines Resort.

The 2017 Robinson Cup will be played at the Gracemere Lakes golf course on September 2.

Trevor returned a four-round score of 288 to finish 13 shots clear of Kiwi Ian Mackay.

The individual nett went to Teiri’s Ben Lindell on a 65 on a countback from Peter Grady of 1770 and Joe Lindley of Dysart.

Queensland’s Trevor Wesener wins again. NALGA executive chairman Dr Bob Murphy said 2017 would be a highlight year for lefthanded golfers in Australia with the World Championships being held in Melbourne followed by the National Championships in Canberra. “It is anticipated that up to 300 golfers will compete in the World Championships with significant numbers of the internationals also playing in the National Championships,” he said. “It is expected that a field of 200 will compete in Canberra.” Details, along with the results of the 2016 national championships, can be found on the NALGA National at www.lefthandedgolfaustralia.com

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Meet Byron Bay GM Wendy Perry “We have a beautiful aspect and a beautiful deck at the back of the clubhouse so we plan to revamp that so when people are enjoying this amazing view they are also sitting on some beautiful furniture surrounded by a great facility.”

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endy Perry has a lot on her plate as general manager of Byron Bay Golf Club, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

This year, Byron Bay Golf Club will celebrate its 10th Legends Pro-Am – one of only a handful of clubs to achieve the milestone.

Ms Perry, who has been at the helm at Byron Bay Golf Club for two years following a four-year stint as administration manager, has the club industry running through her veins.

Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior and Rodger Davis are just some of the household names that have participated in previous tournaments and many more are expected to feature again from December 9-11.

Sydney born and bred, her first job out of school was working as casual staff at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL. That’s when the club industry bug bit and she studied marketing and hospitality at NSW University and worked in the club industry before moving to Perth.

Wendy Perry says the golf industry is a great challenge. “The club is not just a hospitality venue – there are the golfers, competitions and all of the intricacies that go with golf.

“Perth doesn’t have registered clubs and I missed the club industry,” she said. “I was pleased to return to the club industry.”

“We have all of the elements of a larger club, but in a smaller quantity yet the same amount of work goes into them.

Since arriving at the club, Ms Perry has overseen a number of changes that members and guests now enjoy.

“The other thing I like is we have fantastic members.

“We have put on live entertainment on Sunday afternoons and also have a barber inhouse, which is another service we offer,” she said. “We have also taken on the catering inhouse, which has been a big challenge but it gives us the entire package so we can more seamlessly provide the services to our members and guests.” Ms Perry describes her work as “fast paced” and “diverse”.

“The Schweppes Legends Tour Championship gives the club great exposure,” Ms Perry said.

Obviously, people differ in opinions and that is what keeps the membership lively. They just want the best for the club.” To say Ms Perry loves the challenge of running a golf club is an understatement. What she doesn’t enjoy is extreme weather events that affect the club’s bottom line. “In the past few years, we have had some terrible weather,” she said. “When we do get a weather event here, it’s difficult to get people on the course, which

is due to change this coming year with a plan in place to extend the current cart paths around the entire course. “Golf is also a challenging industry and sport. “It’s a time-consuming sport and as such only a certain demographic are able to afford the time to play, so there are some challenges in getting people to play the game.” This is perhaps one of the reasons Ms Perry has remained a non-golfer although she did try it when the club held a “Ladies, give golf a go” day. “I got out there and had a hit and wasn’t very good, but I kept trying,” she said. “It takes time and practice to be a golfer and it’s not a skill that comes to everyone.” Next year, Byron Bay GC will celebrate its 60th anniversary and there are plans in place to bring the clubhouse “up-to-date”.

“We are on the television, in the papers and involve the local community who can come and watch the action and enjoy the facilities. Local businesses get on board and it is fanfare for the members who get to show off their club to everyone.” Away from the rigors of work, Ms Perry enjoys the beach, hanging out with friends and going to the gym. Still, she does love going to work. “Every morning when I drive up the driveway I pinch myself how lucky I am to work somewhere like this,” she said. “The entire clubhouse faces the golf course so you can’t help but enjoy that view every day. “The word is getting out that everyone is welcome to come here and spend time with a drink or meal on our wraparound deck in a relaxing and beautiful location.” •

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GMA membership open for public and private clubs Aaron Muirhead National Director, Golf Management Australia eo@gma.org.au

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olf Management Australia’s Mission Statement is to represent Golf Club Management in Australia and, through state associations, provide professional development and support for members. Members of GMA are far reaching including metropolitan and country or nonmetropolitan clubs of all structures including public, private and resort facilities. The Board of GMA (Golf Management Australia) has a number of strategic directives as detailed in the Strategic Plan, one of which is membership awareness and creation. The objective of this initiative is to highlight the advantages and benefits of being part of GMA, which is an integral part of the golf industry in Australia. GMA is aware that the Club industry is currently facing very challenging times, especially in terms of membership, revenue generation and water management. As a result, educational programmes delivered at both state and National level focuses on giving relevant, value-added information on these subjects, amongst others, to members of GMA. We are aware that it is more difficult for some members to enjoy all the features that membership offers, e.g. Clubs in country regions. With this in mind, GMA (both state and national) have made a move to enhance the electronic information services, predominantly through our website www.gma.org.au, benchmarking platform,

social media platforms, electronic newsletters and email communication to distribute information to members. As well as being able to enjoy the relevant content supplied at educational seminars, GMA appreciates that networking with Managers who have similar issues at their clubs, big or small, is an integral benefit of membership. In addition, every GMA member is eligible to attend all events at state level along with the GMA National biennial conferences. The next national conference is scheduled for 8 – 12 October 2017 in Adelaide in which planning is well under way and it is shaping to be five days of excellent industry content targeted towards

both public and private golf club facilities. This conference will be one not to miss. A quote from one of our current regional members: “As a Manager who came into the golf industry with no prior knowledge of the game or the industry, I have found that being part of GMA has assisted me no end to be part of the golfing scene. Especially that my club is a provincial club and could have been left behind in many aspects, but for the networking available with other Club Managers” – Sharon Purnell, Mt Coolum Golf Club. If you are interested in becoming a GMA member, please contact the Executive Office, John Stamp on eo@gma.org.au •

Rock Ishii joins Callaway Golf Ball R&D Callaway Golf Company announced last month it has fortified its golf ball R&D division with the addition of industry veteran Hideyuki “Rock” Ishii as Sr. Director, Advanced Golf Ball Research. Ishii brings 25 years of golf product development experience, including 15 years with Nike Golf, during which he was responsible for the design of every Nike ball. To date, 25 Major Championships have been won by athletes Ishii worked with on golf ball design and fitting. Callaway has made global headlines recently with their innovation in golf ball technology; products like Chrome Soft and Supersoft are proving popular with golfers. According to Golf Datatech, Callaway is the fastest-growing major golf ball brand since 2013. “Adding Rock to our already exceptional ball team will strengthen our ability to investigate new construction methods and improve our evaluation of golf ball performance,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s SVP of R&D, “This will lead to better products for golfers at every level.” While many other golf companies are consolidating resources, Callaway is investing in order to continue bringing new innovations and better performing products to market. The company recently acquired Toulon Design, a boutique clubmaker specializing in premium putters. “By further investing in R&D, at a time when we believe others are or will be forced to pull back, we view this as an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our technical position and build for the future,” said Chip Brewer, President & CEO, Callaway Golf.

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Aussie pros win top award The Australian PGA Championship kicks off Brian Thorburn CEO – PGA of Australia

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festival of golf, the Australian PGA Championship is about more than just the pursuit of the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

The week features the Cobra Puma Orange Crush Kids Day where we will welcome hundreds of kids to participate in a day designed just for them. As well as getting the chance to give golf a go they will get to meet some of the stars of the tournament. Golf’s night of nights, the Greg Norman Medal Dinner, will provide the perfect launch pad for the celebration of our great game. We look forward to honouring Australia’s most successful player, our various players of the year but also the PGA Professionals who work at a grassroots level to successfully grow golf. The Summer Soirée will continue the festivities on Wednesday where ladies will sit high above the course sipping champagne at RACV Royal Pines Resort’s beautifully appointed Videre Restaurant.

When the Australian PGA Championship kicks off on Thursday, the entertainment kicks up a notch with live music every afternoon in the village, food trucks to feed the family and free entry after 5pm on Thursday and Friday and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Shannon Noll will be the star of the stage on Saturday night as he performs free for all golf fans.

But the SONIQ Million Dollar Hole is where the Australian PGA Championship really comes alive. As players aim to ace their way to a big pay day sports fans can revel in the celebratory atmosphere of the Lexus Marquee. While there is plenty of action happening outside of the ropes, this energetic golf tournament would not be possible without the stars of the show; our talented PGA Professionals. This year we welcome back Nathan Holman as our Defending Champion, hometown hero Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Olympians Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser. With four of the top-5 Australians in the field this is one of the strongest Aussie contingents assembled to contest the Joe Kirkwood Cup since we relocated to the Gold Coast. However that does not assure an Aussie victory, with a stellar line up of European Tour players headed down under we are anticipating an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Australian PGA Championship on Sunday afternoon. More information on www.championship.pga.org.au

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eading Australian PGA golf teaching professionals and co-directors of the Pro Tour Golf College Lawrie Montague and David Milne, have been awarded the 2016 Best Asia/Pacific Professional Golf Teacher at the Asian Golf Awards in Thailand. Former Australian women’s national team coach Montague and twice Australian PGA teacher of the year Milne have spent the last five years creating a unique golf development pathway designed to provide grassroots through to elite level golfers with the means to represent their country, attain a college scholarship in the U.S., and/or play on the Asian professional golf tours. Milne states, “It’s great to be recognised by the Asian golf industry for our efforts to grow the game of golf in Asia, and at such a prestigious event, attended by the titans of the Asian golf industry.”

The Pro Tour Golf College model is unique in the fact that it provides a world-class private golf training facility at Emeralda Golf Course that allows golfers to prepare all facets of their game in preparation for major junior and professional golf tournaments. “Our philosophy provides a holistic, highly structured, intense, performance-based improvement environment for our students as opposed to the perfect swing focused model that is very common throughout the golf industry,” Montague added, “Numerous high profile golf teachers/ academies have attempted to establish themselves in Asia with limited success,” sais Mike Sebastian the CEO of Asia Pacific Golf Group. “Whereas David and Lawrie with their partners in Indonesia, The National Golf Institute, have consistently delivered results year-in-and-year-out that back up the quality of their golf training system.”

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Olsen battles the course, personal demons, in Senior Amateur victory As we said, that was looking from the outside. On the inside, things are often a lot tougher for Olsen. After the trophy presentations, I sat down with Olsen to do the traditional “winner’s interview”. Usually you have a beaming winner talking about how happy they are to have claimed such a great title.

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T’S not easy writing the full story about Kym Olsen winning a golf tournament because he’s not your average amateur golfer.

We did canvass a lot of things. How he started playing golf with mates at the age of 12 in a tiny South Australian outback town, how he started an apprenticeship with the army at 15, eventually founded an international construction business, played golf all over the world, won some exotic sounding amateur titles in places like Jamaica, the Caymans, Samoa; played the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1987 and ten years later as a 36 year-old played the U.S. Amateur Championship.

For a start, not many amateur golfers have a former professional career that includes playing a major on the U.S. Champions Tour. And, thankfully, not many amateur golfers have won a highly regarded national championship trophy then found themselves shortly afterwards finally publicly declaring they are suffering from severe mental issues that at times make playing a golf shot a paralysing and tormenting experience. And while many golfers may smile at that reference, Olsen won’t be one of them. Battling with depression, the 55 year-old struggles to find anything to smile about these days, on or off the course. There are also a number of physical issues that compound the situation. So at the recent 2016 Australian Senior Amateur Championship at the Kooyong Golf Club in Adelaide, from a spectators point of view, we had Olsen producing what was described elsewhere as “a fighting display of top-class golf” to win the title.

The victory had all the right elements. Going into the third and final round on the Thursday, Olsen trailed by a stroke behind three-time champion Stefan Albinski and talented Canadian visitor David Schultz. After 36 holes at a very challenging course, the field of more than 150 of Australia’s top senior amateurs, with a sprinkling of Kiwis (and one Canadian), had whittled down to only a half dozen or so who could realistically win, including defending champion Greg Rhodes. Olsen, who had only reached the qualifying

age of 55 in the middle of the year, had already won a couple of minor senior amateur events, but was playing for his first senior amateur Australian championship. Kooyong is a tough course in the best of times. It has hosted five Australian Opens and the blustery conditions didn’t make it any easier. All week there had been only one subpar round – Albinski’s magnificent 4-under 68 in the second round. Olsen came out in the final round and shot a superb 2-under 70 to win the title by four strokes from Shultz, with Rhodes third.

Basically, as the decades passed golf weaved in and out of his life. There were times due to work or location or a couple of accidents, particularly a car accident in Chile where he broke one wrist and fractured the other, that golf was on the back burner for a few years. As he approached 50 he really got the bug about turning pro and eventually got a tour card on the senior tour in Asia. He played there for half a year then returned to Australia in January 2012 and won the PGA Legends Tour qualifying at Camden Lakeside by a record 14 strokes.

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He then won his first six Legends Tour events, 14 in total for the season and was named Player of the Year. That year he also went through qualifying and won a spot in the U.S. Senior Open on the Champions Tour. He had limited local preparations and missed the cut but now talks fondly of fulfilling a bucket list wish and playing alongside the likes of Mark O’Meara and Fred Couples, and having lunch with Bernhard Langer. But there were some big changes after that year when Olsen decided to suspend his time on tour and support his wife who travelled back to Canada to look after her seriously ill mother. His mother-in-law passed away some 14 months later. Somewhere there, Olsen began experiencing some serious mental and physical issues, including being diagnosed with Polyarticular Arthritis, which is a condition with inflammation affecting multiple joints. He recently had two surgeries for the arthritis, has multiple injections and needed medication and cold water treatments to complete the Adelaide tournament. To regain his amateur status Olsen had to make a special application to Golf Victoria and then sit out two years. And although he’s now had two wins out of three completed events in his fledgling senior amateur career, he’s also pulled out of 11 tournaments and, perhaps, not appeared all that friendly to some playing partners. He also played in the British Senior Amateur Championship, made the cut, but couldn’t fully play out the final round. His explanation now might shed some light for some of those tournament organisers and playing partners. “I don’t want to sound like a big sob story

Olsen was hugely thankful for the support he has received from family and friends.

Following our interview, Olsen sent me the following email, which I’ve abridged:

“My wife and my best mate they have been very good to me in terms of pushing, and Phil Boulton [former Legends Tour co-coordinator] has been absolutely fantastic. And two or three guys I play with back at the National [his home club in Victoria] who I play with are very supportive, understand what I am going through and just really spur me on and you know, give me that little bit of confidence and you need that.”

“It is certainly the first time I’ve been as open about it publicly and there are many more that are having much larger and more personal problems than myself. “I’m embarrassed to some degree about the whole thing but do know that speaking about it and tackling my issues head on to some degree does help. I’m lucky to have a small network of close friends who understand and “put up with me”.

He was also very appreciative of the reception he had received from everyone involved with the senior order of merit amateur events.

but mental health is a big issue for me,” Olsen said. “I have depression. I have to fight that every day and I fight it out there [on the course]. “And I don’t want to be around the people because I don’t want them to be affected by my things. I just can’t, sort of cheer up and I don’t want them to be affected by it because I want them to enjoy it and have a good time. I would like to think I am always appreciative of course etiquette and all that in everything but I just choose to just stay by myself.” “Like I said, winning an event like this and knowing that I played reasonably well and some things falling into place maybe I can move on a little bit and hopefully actually enjoy it. Like today to finish the [final] putt I didn’t know if I won but I was just happy that I completed the event. For me that was a bigger win, with all due respect to the Kerry Packer Trophy, than winning the Kerry Packer Trophy, for me personally.”

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“I truly hope that others in a similar situation can get some degree of solace or strength from it and that most may get a better understanding and place themselves in positions to help or recognise signs and/or symptoms of what their friends or others may be going through. I have been exceptionally lucky to have the friends I have and would not be doing what I’m doing or remotely achieving what I have without them. I 100% know that for a fact.

“To the credit of all the people I’ve played with, who probably think I’m an idiot or something, they’ve all been absolutely fantastic. Absolute gentlemen at the best and I really, really appreciate that they do that. Because everyone thinks you should be laughing and joking and smiling and I just can’t do it.” For me, it was a bit of a shock when Olsen couldn’t actually say he “enjoyed” playing golf. He did enthusiastically say he “loved” practicing and could happily spend hours just chipping and putting around a green. But not just going out and playing a round. “You also need to play these [bigger events] for your own personal gratification,” he said later. “For me I don’t need it for the awards and all the other bits. I just like the challenge. I’ve played reasonably good here the last couple of days so that means I’ve got some things I can work on, some confidence to go forward that maybe I can challenge myself to maybe some things like the British Senior Amateur and the U.S. and Canada. I probably will do those again if I can maintain this consistency, the ball striking and then see where it goes from there.”

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“I should also point out which I think I mentioned in our interview, the “reception” I have got from the multitude of players/event staff at the few events I’ve played in has been amazing. This game just seems to bring out the best in people while providing amazing high points for victory and/or best results while being able to humble us at times for no apparent reason.” [People experiencing depression or mental health issues should talk to their GP, contact Lifeline or Beyond Blue.] Brian O’Hare is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer, a website and online magazine providing news, information and entertainment for golfers aged 45 plus. Australianseniorgolfer.com.au

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Dobbelaar’s epic run to New Zealand Amateur crown Mark Hayes Golf Australia

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ouis Dobbelaar is destined to win many golf tournaments, but he might never again win one like this.

Dobbelaar, who recently turned 15, won the New Zealand Amateur Championship at Royal Wellington, becoming the youngest winner of the time-honoured event. The record books will show the Queenslander defeated experienced Kiwi Peter Spearman-Burn 2&1. What a brief look won’t reveal is that the Golf Australia national squad member survived one of the most epic runs imaginable through a big match play event. Dobbelaar was behind for the majority of a quality 36-hole final, his most recent lead before he took hold in the closing stretch, coming back after a win on the 15th hole.

emotions with friends and family on hand.

But when he was three down walking to the 30th tee, the title looked poised to stay on home soil.

“It feels crazy, the last six holes I thought I had a chance but somehow I battled it out and got the result,” Dobbelaar said.

Remarkably, though, Dobbelaar held tough as Spearman-Burn felt the pressure of the moment and won five holes in succession to take a 2-up lead.

“It’s really cool to have them all here, there was so many of them, I didn’t realise I had that many family members, but it was a pretty cool feeling having them supporting me.

A par on the 35th was enough for him to take his slice of history at a club where he holds a country membership with his father and a swag of other relatives based near Wellington.

“It’s so cool to have a big crowd and it is definitely the biggest win of my career so far, but hopefully there can be a few more.”

It was hard for the new champion to hide his

Champions Louis Dobbelaar and Rose Zheng with New Zealand Amateur golf pretension trophies. Photo: NZ Golf

But the final was just one remarkable chapter of Dobbelaar’s incredible run to the title.

The Brookwater member was locked in an epic tussle with highly rated young New Zealander Luke Toomey in their semi-final when he chipped in to win on the 21st hole. “It was one of those shots where I felt like I could get it close and I knew it was going to take something special to beat Luke, but that was really cool and I hope I get to see the video footage,” Dobbelaar said. He’d earlier won his quarter-final on the 19th hole and his Round of 32 match on the 20th to steel his nerves for the run that followed. •

Long marker nabs top putter crown ALLAN Cox, a 27 handicap social golfer upstaged a strong field of professionals and elite amateurs with a 7-under-par 153 total for 72 holes to win the inaugural Australian Open Mini Golf Championship at Thornleigh Golf Centre last month. Cox fired a 4-under-par 36 final round to win the first prize cheque of $3500 by two shots from Australian PGA Legends Tour star David Merriman and four-times Australian Putt Putt champion Nathan Lamplough, who was 5-under for the final 18. Merriman led by five shots with 11 holes to play, but Cox played that closing stretch in 6-under with successive Aces at holes 8 and 9 and birdies at 13 and 17. Merriman was unlucky, getting bad bounces off two of the courses’ rock walls, scoring 2-over for the final round. Cox, 55—who has played on the U.S. Mini Golf Tour, holds the World Putt Putt 24-hour holes-in-one record and has five times won the Australian Putt Putt title—underwent a tremendous training and planning program to win at Thornleigh. He spent a month mapping the variety of angles on the world-class U.S.-built Thornleigh Golf Centre’s Billabong and The Palms courses. In the final week, after being granted a week off work as a chemicals sales representative, he practised putting from eight to 10 hours every day at Thornleigh. “It was pretty amazing to beat such a seasoned pro as David, who has the best putting stroke I’ve seen in Australia,” Cox said. The Australian Open Mini Golf Championship attracted about 40 players and Cox complimented Thornleigh owner Steve Aisbett’s foresight in staging the event together with Coca-Cola Amatil.

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Fiji breezes and Tokyo traffic with Steven Jeffress ed@insidegolf.com.au

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t’s always awesome to head back to Fiji. Not only because I won there, but also because I’ve made a lot of friends over the nearly 10 years of playing there. I arrived on Monday afternoon for the Fiji International and headed to Geckos resort, about 25 minutes from Natadola Bay Golf Club. I played 9 holes at Natadola on the Tuesday and the Pro-Am Wednesday. The course looked perfect as always; it is without a doubt the best-conditioned island course we play. Surprisingly it wasn’t blowing which made quite a few of us wonder what may be coming over the next four days. The weather on day 1 was beautiful with only a light wind but my evenpar wasn’t the start I was looking for. I just couldn’t get anything going and it’s the type of course that if you try to push, bad things happen! The weather on day 2 was different from day 1. Unfortunately my side of the draw got hammered. The morning was nice but the afternoon saw a 30kph wind, which made making the cut very difficult. Most of the players making the weekend were from the other side of the draw, but hey, that’s four-round golf. I was just under the cut line with two holes remaining. A nice birdie on 17 gave me a little bit of breathing room. I hit it right on 18 behind a massive tree and was staring at a possible bogey. I hit a 40m hook 9-iron which somehow finished 8-foot from the pin, then holed the putt! I actually think my eyes were closed when I made contact! I made the cut at 1-over after 36 holes, but was still a long way from the leaders. The golf didn’t get much better over the weekend, shooting 73 and 72 to finish in 38th position. I was a little disappointed but had to remind myself, you can’t win every week. The QLD Open at Brisbane Golf Club was the next event. The drive is about 50 minutes from my place, so it was great to stay at home for a tournament week. I had a couple of mates staying with me; Ed Stedman and Aaron Townsend so before they came, I hid all the beer! (It’s amazing how your mates can smell out all your beer and red wine no matter where you hide it!) The week didn’t go quite as planned. Rounds of 75 and 76 had me missing the cut. Bad news? Not really, as the Gold Coast 600 was on and friends of mine Gary and Fiona, who are members at Southport GC had a unit on the track, so Aaron and I headed in on Saturday. People tell me that I have the best job in the world but I’m not sure! I would love

Jeffro with local caddy “Knox”. to do what they do! I think a relaxing weekend away from the golf course was exactly what I needed after a frustrating week. On Sunday evening Aaron, Matt Guyatt and I boarded the plane for the land of the rising sun, for the 3rd stage of Japanese Qualifying School. We landed at 6am Monday in Tokyo, and had a 10.20am practice round scheduled that morning! The drive up to Sunnyfield Country Club should be just over 2 hours but, being Monday morning and being in Tokyo, the traffic wasn’t very nice. We arrived at the course with about 20 minutes to spare, allowing me just enough time to register, organise a locker and collect my Titleist balls. As you could imagine after flying overnight my game wasn’t sharp but at this point in the week, it didn’t have to be. Although I did lose 3000 yen in bets! We stayed in a hotel in Mito, which was about 45 minutes from the course. I’ve stayed in some small hotel rooms before but this hotel may have been the winner. Between the bed and the wall was about 90cms. Just enough room to walk. It’s important in these events to get off to a good start so you’re not chasing a score. I went out the first day and only had eyes for the hole. Nine birdies and one bogey and I signed for a 63, 8-under to be in the lead. Now for those of you that aren’t sure how the Japanese tour school works, there are 4 stages. At each stage there are about 100 guys, with normally the top 30 going through to the next stage. Due to me playing in the final stage last year, I was exempt through to the

3rd stage. So leading after the first day is a massive advantage. My next two rounds were solid with a 3-under and 2-under respectively. So I was at a total of 13-under and running second with one day to go. I joked with a mate that only a leg falling off could stop me moving through to the final stage. Warming up the last day I felt good, until the final few balls on the driving range when my back started to get a little sore. My back just got tighter as the day went on. I was 5-over through the first 12 holes and was suddenly looking around for that leg. At the start of the day I thought that a 6-under total would be good enough to get through. With 6 holes to go I was back down to 8-under and thinking, ‘would I be the only man in history to miss the top 30 after running 2nd going into the last day?’ But these are the times where you have to dig deep and that’s what I did, birdieing two holes coming in to make the top 30 comfortably. So I learned something on this trip: this game can turn on you at any time and never, I repeat never, think that you have it beat! And the good news is that the two-hour drive back to the airport Friday night only took us five hours! (Congratulations to Matt Guyatt for controlling his bladder for two hours longer than he thought he could!) I have a busy end to the year with the NSW and Australian Opens, the Australian four-ball championship and the final stage at the Japanese tour school. So I’m looking forward to a month that could change my life. •

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Armstrong, Olankitkunchai tops at Srixon International

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osh Armstrong (The Lakes) and Virunpat Olankitkunchai (Thailand) have won the 2016 Srixon International in drastically different circumstances at Cypress Lakes. Armstrong, a long-time Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) Tour Player without a major victory to his name, played near-flawless golf for the majority of the final round, running away to a nine-shot lead. An eagle-birdie start built on the 3-shot overnight lead, and after 12 straight pars he stood on the 15th tee with the finish line in sight and a huge lead in hand. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing over the closing stretch; a bogey on the 15th was followed by a triple-bogey 7 on the 17th, and when his drive on 18 was pulled into the hazard left of the fairway, the job wasn’t done just yet. The Canberra 17-year-old recovered, and despite a triple-bogey,double bogey finish, went on to record the biggest win of his JNJG career. Whilst Armstrong was out in front and cruising for most of the day, Virunpat Olankitkunchai set about chasing down Girls Defending Champion Celina Yuan (The Australian) in the Girls Division. Yuan started the final round with a fiveshot lead but after a bogey on the first and another on the third, the lead was down to two when Olankitkunchai made a birdie on 3. Playing in her third Srixon International, the 17-year-old Thai kept the pressure on with three more birdies in a row from the 6th, but Yuan responded, making birdies on 6 and 8 herself. Olankitkunchai recorded an incredible fourunder-par on the front nine in the difficult conditions. Yuan extended the lead to three shots with a two-shot swing on the 11th, but three holes later she found herself trailing by one after Olankitkunchai made another pair of birdies. It was the Thai who kept her nerve

2016 Champions Virunpat Olankitkunchai and Josh Armstrong with Jack Newton

CQ junior golfers of year decided

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N the junior male golfer of the year in Central Queensland, Yeppoon’s Ben Swaffield scored a massive 86 points and topped it off by also winning the 18hole male gross division. Boyne Island’s Tayla Scully returned 90 points to win the junior girls division and the 13-hole gross division.

the best on the difficult final hole, making a clutch par to set up the victory. The 2016 Srixon International Junior and Sub-Junior Classic were held at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club and Cessnock Golf Club. A field of over 300 players included more than 100 Interstate and Overseas competitors. The tournament is the brainchild of Australian golfing stalwart, Jack Newton, and provides a competitive environment for the most promising talent from around the globe. Whilst the majority of the field consisted of NSW/ACT JNJG members, the tournament has a distinct international flavour to it with 27 players from Canada, New Zealand, Hawaii, Thailand, China, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan having made their way to the Hunter Valley to participate. Throw in 85 of the best Australian players, and it’s fair to say the tournament is one of the strongest Junior Events in Australia. The tournament is a permanent fixture on the junior golfing calendar, holding both

Australian Ranking and World Amateur Ranking Status. “The Srixon International Junior Classic is an important stepping stone for many of Australia’s young golfers. This event has been pivotal in founding the careers of Australia’s well-known international golfing stars providing them with a platform to make a successful transition into the senior ranks,” said tournament host and founder, Jack Newton. Aaron Baddeley won the Jack Newton International in 1998, just two months prior to securing his first Australian Open victory. Other international superstars that have added the Jack Newton International Junior Classic in their list of achievements include Touring Professionals Steven Bowditch, Mathew Giles and Rick Kulacz along with LPGA Tour stars Minjee Lee, Su-Hyun Oh and Thidipa Suwannapura. Ladies European Tour Champions Nikki Garrett and Rebecca Artis and multiple Japanese Tour winners Brendan Jones and Nikki Campbell have also had success at Jack’s Junior Tournament.

Other winners: Kiera King of Capricorn Resort 18 holes gross; Boyne’s Grace Cully nine-hole gross; Casey Randal the six-hole gross and Gracemere’s Ammelan Means the three-hole gross. In the boys: Gracemere’s Jacob Baynton won the 13 hole gross; Yeppoon’s Ryley Jensen the nine-hole gross; Gracemere’s Soran Strang the six-hole gross and Rockhampton’s Riley Milliner the threehole gross. In the junior male nett divisions, Rockhampton’s Jye Doltz won the 18 holes; Brock Taylor (Boyne Island) the 13 holes; Ryan Kappernick (Gracemere) the nine holes and Aiden Godderham (Gracemere) the six holes. Girls nett restuls: 18-hole division, Jamie Lee Amos (Boyne Island); 13 holes, Sophie Edwards (Gracemere); nine holes, Caitlyn Cox (Rockhampton); six holes Kalie Smyth (Boyne Island) and three holes, Kristie Taylor of Boyne Island.

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Mount Coolum junior Lochie a star

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ount Coolum junior golfer Lochie Coleborn has capped off a remarkable year by winning the Invincibles IGA Sunshine Junior Masters Championship last month – winning by an incredible nine strokes after scoring 71, 70, 78, 70 = 289 over the four rounds.

Central Queensland junior golfer of the year contenders. Back row (left to right): Jacob Baynton, Shayley Clarke, Nathan Beauchamp, Ben Swaffield, Brock Taylor, Kiera King, Casey Randall, Grace Colley, Tayla Coley. Front row: Rily Jensen, Caitlyn Cox, Soren Strang, Ryan Kapernick, Kristie Taylor, Ammeliah Means and Thomas Means. Junior club of the year: For the second year in a row, Boyne Island won the junior golf club of the year award. Boyne Island players won most of the junior golfer of the year divisions, which helped them achieve 270 points to claim the prestigious award. Boyne Island finished 11 points clear of Rockhampton on 259 followed by Gracemere (220), Yeppoon (158), Miriam Vale (67), Wowan and Calliope tied on 65, Capricorn Resort (33), Mt Morgan (26) and Emu Park (21). MEANWHILE, Rockhampton’s Nathan Beauchamp and Jordan Potter took out the most improved junior male and female award respectively.

Scoring sub-par rounds at two of the coast’s most challenging courses of Twin Waters and Pelican Waters over the first two days of the event, Lochie stumbled on the third day at Noosa Springs before finishing strongly in the final round at the same venue. The pinnacle of Junior events on the Sunshine Coast, the Invincibles IGA Sunshine Junior Masters Championship is a qualification-based event that had 31 of Queensland’s finest junior golfers taking up the challenge after winning either a Junior Classic or Junior Open event on The Invincibles Tour throughout the 2015-16 season. Lochie easily qualified for the Junior Masters after winning just about every Junior event on the Invincibles Tour that he entered this year, including the Maroochy River Junior Open just a week before the Championships where he carded a 1-under 71 – which included an eagle on the 5th and a monster putt for birdie on 7th. Lochie has now won the last nine Junior tournaments he has entered, stretching back into 2015. This incredible run of form for Lochie has seen him recognised locally, nationally and now internationally for his prodigious talent. In late August, Lochie finished 16th in the 2016 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club, which included a 4th overall finish in the Champion of Champions

for his opening two rounds in this event. Lochie’s 16th place finish also saw him qualify for the Queensland Men’s Amateur Championship (Match Play event), where he was unfortunately knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Dylan Perry.

competition, and runner – up in the nett rankings.

In April Lochie was announced as part of the 2016 Queensland Junior Interstate Boys teams, where he represented the State in the Australian Junior Amateur Championships in Tasmania at the Ulverstone Golf Club.

Each year 90 of the best junior players from around the world are invited to compete over four rounds in four days to win the coveted pass. This year, Lochie has been invited as part of the Queensland team to compete in the career-launching event.

Lochie also won the Northern Territory Men’s Amateur Junior Title earlier this year, scoring a total of 4 under par 284, which was enough to place him 4th overall in the senior

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A career in golf starts with PGA IGI T

HE PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI), a leader in golf education for students seeking to build a career in the golf industry, is accepting applications for its 2017 intakes.

“Students can choose to study for one year with the PGA IGI, undertaking the Diploma of Golf Management, or for three years combining the Diploma with a selected Bachelor Degree with the institution of their choice.”

Each February, April, July and October, new students from throughout Australia and around the world commence study at the PGA IGI campus on the Gold Coast, undertaking Australia’s only recognised Golf Management qualification.

Pathways to the PGA of Australia (PGA Professional) Along with the pathways to Bachelor Degrees, students also have the unique pathway to the PGA of Australia’s Trainee Program or Professional Year (PY) Program.

Delivering the qualification 10459NAT Diploma of Golf Management, the PGA IGI aims to prepare graduates to be “job ready” for a career in the golf industry – on and off the golf course.

These two programs are accredited programs to become a full vocational member of the PGA of Australia (PGA Professional). PGA Trainee Program entry requirements must be met by students looking to undertake this pathway.

“The program allows students to combine their passion for golf on the course, while learning about the industry from behind the scenes,” PGA IGI Senior Manager Christine Straw explained.

How to apply Enrolments are now open for 2017 applications at the PGA IGI’s Gold Coast Campus.

“It provides graduates with job ready experience to start a post-study career in a sport they have a strong passion for.” Straw said PGA IGI alumni held positions in the golf industry in Australia and throughout the world. “It’s great to see graduates of our program working in golf clubs and golfing organisations in a variety of roles,” Straw said.

The PGA IGI’s 2015 graduating class celebrate after completing their studies.

“We see our graduates working in positions such as a General Manager, Director of Golf, Sales, Events and Travel Managers, Tournament Coordinators and other industry specific roles.”

The qualification focuses on the skills of business, administration and management for the golf industry.

A number of PGA IGI graduates have also gone on to become accredited PGA Professionals, who now coach in Australia and internationally throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Course structure The PGA IGI Golf Management Program is a one-year program delivered over four terms of study. Students study the nationally recognised qualification 10459NAT Diploma of Golf Management, a qualification designed in consultation with golf industry bodies.

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ALPG announce team for the Queens Cup Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) has announced its nine-woman team to face the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA), Korean LPGA Tour (KLPGA) and Ladies European Tour (LET) in The Queens presented by Kowa, which will be held at Miyoshi Golf and Country Club in Aichi, Japan, from December 2-4 2016. The team will be joined by playing captain for the second consecutive year, 8-time LPGA winner Rachel Hetherington, her fellow players who will represent ALPG are: Su Oh, Sarah Jane Smith, Katherine Kirk, Stacey Keating, Sarah Kemp, Whitney Hillier, Cathryn Bristow and Lauren Hibbert.

Minjee Lee claimed her third LPGA victory in style at the “Blue Bay LPGA” on Hainan Island in China last month. The 20-year-old began the final round tied for the lead with Jessica Korda, and played near-flawless golf to card a final round of 70. The young West Australian fought all the way for the victory with Korda and world No. 2 Thai superstar Ariya Jutanugarn pushing her all day. Lee, who had led by 6 shots after 36 holes, held a twostroke lead with two holes left to play in the contest. But an untimely bogey on the par-3 17th left the door open for Jutanagarn, who holed an 8m birdie putt to grab a share of the lead. The two headed to par-5 18th tee tied at 11-underpar, one shot clear of Korda. The drama would prove to be far from over, however, as Jutanugarn then pulled her normally reliable three-wood into the water, while Korda and Lee safely navigated their way down the fairway. A missed eagle putt by Korda put Lee on centre stage, who had pitched to within a metre of the cup. Lee holed her putt and celebrated her third LPGA title. “I think my heart was, like, coming out of my chest, actually even on that last putt,” Lee said. “I was a little nervous all day, actually. I had to really work for this win. I’m glad I came out on top. They’re great competitors.”

The 44-year-old Hetherington was delighted to accept the position. “I’m excited and honoured to lead a wonderful group of our leading ALPG golfers at the Queens Cup”

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The National and State representative’s image greeted golfers at the entrance to Campbelltown Golf Club to promote last month’s NSW State Foursomes Championships. In October she had the opportunity to see the billboard first-hand and repeat the pose for real. “Oh this is so cool!” she exclaimed. The 17-year-old from Shellharbour posed for photos while swinging a driver and hitting an imaginary ball in front of the billboard as golfers arrived at the Club in a novel promotion for the Championships. “I’ve never done this before. Wait ‘till my friends see this on Facebook,” she laughed.

“The opportunity to work with such an inspiring group of women is a highlight of my career and I look forward to returning to Japan and enjoying the wonderful camaraderie and Japanese hospitality.” ALPG CEO Karen Lunn said: “This team has a great blend of youth and experience and I know that our ladies who have made the team can’t wait to get to Nagoya and compete against the best players from the LPGA of Japan, Korean LPGA and the Ladies European Tour.” The Queens Cup presented by Kowa is a unique match play tournament featuring four teams of nine players, including a playing captain, from the Ladies European Tour, Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan, Ladies Korean LPGA and Australian Professional Golf Inc.

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Roseville Scot earns Aussie PGA standing of Scotland. If I had to play a course every day for the rest of my life it’d be there.” Roseville has a proud PGA history – its Gold Mashie pro-am is one of Australia’s oldest and two of its past club pros were PGA Life Members Dan Cullen and Eric Cremin.

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COTTISH golf pros founded the PGA of Australia in 1911 and a year ago, Sydney’s Roseville Golf Club rekindled that famous tradition when it appointed Scott Spence as its Head Professional.

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Spence, who was born and grew up in the Scottish golf “blue-blood territory” of the Kingdom of Fife – where St Andrews is located—is the “real deal” Scot, from his accent to his tartan kilt. However, while Spence—as a Member of the British PGA—was welcome to work as a club pro and coach in Australia, at age 34 he has just nine years’ PGA experience and therefore in 2015 did not automatically qualify as a PGA of Australia member. This meant that, even as Roseville’s Head Professional, he could not hire and indenture PGA Trainees to help them qualify to become PGA of Australia members. However this year, after an application from Spence, which was supported by Roseville, the PGA of Australia sensibly has been able to offer a program of studies enabling him to join.

without doubt, one of the best in Sydney. “The process for me applying to join the PGA has been pretty straightforward. I had to pass an entrance exam which was a 60-question test based on the PGA of Australia and its Constitution and Regulations. “My motivation is to help nurture the next generation of PGA Professionals and so help to make the game stronger.

“They took me on in my current role knowing that I’d have to become a member of the PGA of Australia before I could indenture a PGA Trainee.

“The thing I missed most when I left Scotland for Australia in 2011 was being part of a club. I’d been part of a golf club since I was a little boy. At age seven, because I could play to a decent level, I was given a 36 handicap at a nine-hole course in Falkland and was seen as an equal even though I was still a kid.

“They have really backed me in terms of my junior development programs which now has 60 kids coming to MyGolf classes and 30 playing as cadets each week. Roseville also has invested heavily in the Pro Shop which is now,

“Joining the team at RGC again has given me that sense of belonging to something. Roseville is a very privileged club and the members are very fortunate to be part of a club that is doing its best to buck the trends of Australian golf.

“Roseville deserves a lot of credit for my PGA membership opportunity,” Spence says.

“Every report I read seems to say that golf in Australia is diminishing. But at Roseville we are increasing our junior numbers, have one of the strongest ladies’ memberships in the country and with 1100 members we are in the top 5 per cent of most-popular golf clubs. “My playing time was mostly in Scotland with one professional tournament win. A fond memory was qualifying for the Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles (the PGA Centenary Course and 2014 Ryder Cup venue), one of the hardest courses I’ve played. “Because of where I’ve grown up I have been so lucky to play tournament golf on some of the best and most-known courses in the world. Nothing gets the heart beating like teeing it up on the first on the Old Course, or holing a putt across the 18th green, but I have been privileged to play all of The Open Rota courses in Scotland. “My favourite tournament was always a 36-holer at Royal Dornoch way up in the north

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Tonga said he had the full support of the club’s board and the parents, who are committed to helping with the program.

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“There is no shortage of help,” he said. With the addition of 200-plus new members, Pine Rivers Golf Club is arguably the fastestgrowing golf club in southeast Queensland.

Well, it happened at Pine Rivers Golf Club, located 35 kilometres north of Brisbane, following the arrival of experienced PGA professional Nick Tonga.

“We have around 600 members now and that number is still growing.”

Just over a year ago, the club was on the verge of closing its doors but two aggressive membership drives has the club well and truly back on track.

Gould said down-to-earth, supportive and welcoming members contributed to the club’s success. “The best thing about this club is the people,” he said.

A new approach based on promoting to families, juniors and working hard to service the members, patrons and golfing groups’ expectations has worked wonders.

while the club has picked up an additional 200 new members.

course that offers many challenges with small greens and a need for a great short game.  

Today five new members, on average, are joining the golf club each week.

“We are going great guns, which is nice,” Tonga said.

Pine Rivers Golf Club president Colin Gould said the club would continue to seek growth through facility improvement and “good old fashioned service with a country feel”.

“Eleven months ago we had very few active juniors and now we have around 100 children in our junior program.

“We are lucky that the Glasshouse Mountains Junior Golf Zone is very passionate and from what I see is fast becoming one of the leaders in junior golf development and support in southeast Queensland,” Tonga added.

It seems the club’s turnaround coincided with the arrival of Tonga in November 2015. “Nick Tonga is the best thing that has happened to the club,” Gould said. “He is a wonderful man and he is doing great things at the club. “It does your heart good to see so many kids in the junior program and the club’s bank account looking healthy again.” In the past 12 months, Tonga has grown the club’s junior ranks from a modest few to 120

Pine Rivers Golf Club professional Nick Tonga (back right) with a group of juniors.

“I have a couple of young boys myself, so getting juniors into golf is my passion. “We run weekly competitions for 3-, 6-, 9- and 18-holers which allows the kids to progress through the various stages.

Tonga puts the children, aged between 4 and 15, through their paces three times a week – clinics on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays as well as competitions on Saturdays.

“I like playing golf here because of the camaraderie and friendship of the people in the club. “I wouldn’t go anywhere else while there are so many nice people here. “We are a family orientated, workingman’s club where juniors are encouraged and supported 100 per cent. It’s refreshing.” Recent rain has the golf course looking a picture and now the club has plans to refurbish the clubhouse while a new caterer is being engaged to run the restaurant.

Tonga’s juniors also receive certificates as they progress.

“When I arrived at the club in November 2015, the junior program was non-existent as the club has been without a club pro for three months,” Tonga said.

“The course is forever improving, our greens are terrific and you would be hard pressed to find a better, more enthusiastic greenkeeper than Mick Fogg and his team,” Gould concluded. •

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“Some of the younger kids are doing some extraordinary things. They are playing well above their age.

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stablished in 1898, Yarra Yarra is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most prestigious golf clubs, featuring a worldclass golf course on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt, as well as a stunning and unique heritage-listed Clubhouse.

In 1926, course architect Alex Russell formed a partnership with the great Dr Alister MacKenzie, who was visiting Australia at the time. Together they crafted a course that has truly stood the test of time, and takes pride of place among Australia’s greatest layouts. It also features some of Australia’s (and the world’s) most exquisite golf holes. In Tom Doak’s ‘Confidential Guide’, a review of the architecture of the best courses in the world, the four par-3s at Yarra Yarra are rated seventh (the only course in this category in the Southern Hemisphere). The 11th hole, described by Peter Thomson as a ‘national treasure’, is invariably in the experts’ collections of the “best 18 holes in Australia”. The superb greens and bunkers are a highlight at Yarra Yarra. Typically large, fast and undulating (and extremely true), the greens feature extreme slopes, and always require your A-Game when putting. The bunkers are beautifully crafted to blend naturally with their surrounds and are key to the strategy of each hole. So it’s no wonder why the club has hosted a variety of high-profile tournaments and events over the years, including the Victorian Open and the Women’s Australian Open. Most recently, the club was the exclusive host (all four rounds) of the Victorian Boys and Girls Championships (during which it received a hearty “thumbs up” from the competitors), and will also host next month’s Australian Amateur Championships. 34

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Yarra Yarra general manager Peter Vlahandreas said the club was thrilled to add its name to the rich history of the national amateur title. “The global significance of the Australian Amateur grows annually and we are excited to be a part of it in 2017,” Vlahandreas said. “We have hosted some great tournaments as a club, but never this one. So we will be doing all in our power to make sure the players from around the world leave Yarra Yarra with a great experience. The course is revered around the world for its layout and we will have it in pristine condition for the Aussie Amateur. All

here at the club are really excited to host the 2017 Amateur Championships.” With its long history of world-class golf, a round at Yarra Yarra allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of golf’s greatest names, including Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Johnny Miller, Tony Jacklin, Lee Trevino, David Graham, Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Geoff Ogilvy, Babe Didrickson, Jan Stephenson, Laura Davies, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam. The course has always received world-wide acclaim from amateurs and professionals alike.


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A NEW ERA FOR THE CLUB While it would be easy for a high-calibre club like Yarra Yarra to rest on their laurels and simply maintain the status quo, this is certainly not the case at present, as the club is embarking on a number of projects to not only improve the look, feel and playability of the course, but also impart modern cuttingedge technology and agronomy. While the course remains substantially the same as the original layout, Mother Nature has (as she is prone to do) imparted some natural changes over time. In addition, incremental club-influenced adjustments have been made over the decades. Thus, sightlines, hazards and the overall feel of the course have all been slightly altered over the years. To reverse these effects, and restore the original characteristics that made Yarra Yarra unique and charming, the club has embarked on a new chapter for the layout, with a project to give the course a bit of architectural “love”, and return to the unique features that Alex Russell embedded in his original design. “The Committee believes this is an exciting opportunity for an architect to revive what was once one of Australia’s premier golf courses. Having once been regarded as having a unique position in the Melbourne Sandbelt, the accumulated effect of the changes made over the years has left the Yarra Yarra course without the lustre and uniqueness of its original design,” Vlahandreas said. “The Club’s Committee is very keen to see the course returned to its former glory, so that we can ensure the relevance of Yarra Yarra into the future. Playing Yarra Yarra Golf Course should be a fun and memorable experience for golfers of all levels.” Over the past 12-18 months, the club has implemented a variety of projects to this end, and the results so far are stunning. During a recent visit by Inside Golf, we were amazed at how “open” and bright the course has become, with the current course conditioning another standout. Indeed, it feels like a much different course from the one we played just over a year or so ago. The next steps, however, should prove to be even more dramatic, with significant renovations in the planning. An architect selection process is underway, with the club

Yarra Yarra Golf Club in 1933 recently shortlisting three architects. The club has a view to announce the chosen architect early next year, and begin on the renovation project shortly thereafter. Another current project by the club entails their focus on organic golf course maintenance programmes; specifically the use of compost teas on greens and surrounds to reduce thatch levels and improve the health of soils. The club have been working very closely with two industry consultants, John Neylan (Turf Grass Consulting Research) and Dr Mary Cole (Agpath) with great success. Inside Golf’s sneak peek of these programmes reveals an amazing transformation in the works. “The focus on organic golf course maintenance programmes has been a significant step in improving our playing surfaces, as well as reducing our environmental footprint,” Vlahandreas adds. Of course, no review of Yarra Yarra would be complete without mentioning the magnificent clubhouse. It is a central feature of the club, and is also a personal favourite

of the editorial staff at Inside Golf. The Mediterranean-inspired facility features vast terraces, classic internal architecture and beautifully appointed meeting and function rooms. It is a relaxing and warm environment for pre or post-round beverages and food, sporting a perfect blend of “historic feel” with all the modern amenities. And as it’s only 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, it is also a perfect spot for Corporate Golf days, weddings or other business functions. So if you haven’t played Yarra Yarra recently, we highly suggest you give it a go. We’re confident you will be pleasantly surprised. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.yarrayarra.com.au For e-brochures: Corporate golf: http://bit.ly/1nZXw4E Membership: http://bit.ly/2fx82gC Yarra Yarra Golf Club 567 Warrigal Road Bentleigh East, Victoria 3165 (03) 9575 0575

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a more centered CG more forgiveness and precision. The new hybrid touts a thin 455 SS face for maximum ball speed. The hybrids also feature COBRA’s MyFly8 which allows golfers to choose between eight loft settings to fine tune launch conditions. RRP Cobra KING F7 Fairway. $329 Cobra KING F7 Hybrid. $279

Wilson Staff V6 Irons There is no feeling that compares to puring a world-class forged FG Tour iron. Introducing the brand-new V6 irons from Wilson Staff. Combining that ultimate playability with game-changing Tungsten sole technology to control those mis-hits and make every shot count. The Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 irons – designed for the Feel player seeking a sleek

setup, ultimate feedback and shot-shaping control. The new Wilson Staff V6 Irons come standard with Dynamic Gold AMT Shafts. RRP $179.95 www.wilson.com/en-au/golf/


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WE TRIED IT!> Mizuno T7 wedges

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New Bushnell Tour V4 Slope Laser Rangefinder

Richard Fellner

Richard Fellner

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For those of you who love gadgets as much as I do, you’ll want to pay strict attention here, because Bushnell Golf has unveiled a new little beauty that is sure to become a “Must-have” on many golfers’ wish lists.

Over the last few months, we’ve been testing the latest clubs from Mizuno, notably the JPX 900 Driver and irons. This month, we complete the “Test Drive” with the most important clubs in anyone’s bag, the wedges. We all know that improving your short game is one of the best ways to lower your scores, so it’s important to ensure that the wedges you’re using are helping you get the absolute best out of your game. And the Mizuno T7 wedges could help you do just that. Like in their JPX line of irons, Mizuno Golf has introduced boron-infused steel into their T7 wedges. The addition of Boron into the forging process has created an alloy that is not only stronger, but also helps make the grooves sharper, giving you more spin. And since the steel is stronger, the faces can also last a lot longer. The first thing we noticed about the T7 wedges are the unique look. Not just the

cool steel-blue (Blue IP) colour (they’re also available in White satin), but the fact that the head shapes (and grooves) were slightly different according to the loft. In the lower lofts (44-53 degrees) there is a straight leading edge and topline, and the grooves are slightly narrower and deeper, while the higher lofts (54-62 degrees) feature a more rounded profile and wider and shallower grooves. These configurations affect the flight characteristics (and the amount of spin) depending on if you are hitting a squarefaced shot, or an open-faced shot. The sole grinds are also loft-specific, becoming more aggressive as loft and bounce decrease. What this all means is that you get a huge amount of control and variety throughout the wedge set. As we put these wedges through their paces, we noticed how soft yet solid they felt at impact. There was plenty of zip and control around the greens. From punches to bunker shots to greenside chips to even sky-high flop shots, the Mizuno T7 wedges outperformed in every respect. They were truly outstanding, and can really help boost your confidence around the green.

RRP $239.00 RH & LH (lofts 44-62 degrees) LH (Blue ION only) Standard shaft: DG Wedge Flex Standard Grip: Golf Pride MCC Blue/Black 60Round www.mizuno.com.au

Your choice of a TaylorMade M1 or M2 Metalwood set Inside Golf and TaylorMade are giving away a set of TaylorMade M1 or M2 Metalwoods –Driver, Fairway and Rescue – to one lucky reader. (Total value of the prize: over $1300!)

Last month, I was lucky enough to test out the new Tour V4 SLOPE Rangefinder. Small, light and sleek, the Tour V4 SLOPE is a significant improvement on its predecessor, The V3 (which, by the way, was already world-class, and a permanent fixture in my golf bag). Similar to the intro from the 1970s TV show, The Six Million Dollar Man (where they made Steve Austin “Better, Stronger and Faster”) Bushnell has packed heaps of new technology into the Tour V4 SLOPE , making it “Better, Smaller and Faster”. A whopping 30% smaller than the previous Bushnell unit, it feels significantly lighter in the hand, while the ergonomic improvements make holding it much easier, leading to a steadier hand (and thus better accuracy in acquiring yardages). To say it “fits like a glove” may be a cliché, but in this case it is very apt. Like other Bushnell units, the Tour V4 SLOPE features JOLT Technology, which is a fancy way of saying that it vibrates when Bushnell’s advanced “PinSeeker Technology” has locked on to the flag (and not, say, trees or bushes behind the green, etc). Similar to Steve Austin’s bionic eye (we can all remember the Dunna nunna nunna sound it made!) this technology has always been a favourite of mine, as it gives total confidence that you’ve dialled-in the correct distance. And now, with the Tour V4 SLOPE, Bushnell has installed an even faster processor, giving you yardage readings much quicker than the Tour V3.

highly elevated tee to a green that sits well down below. You know that the elevation difference is going to affect the distance, and thus club selection. But by how much? One club? Two? Instead of guessing, you can now simply use the Tour V4 SLOPE’s built-in Slope Technology. By locking on to the pin, the Slope Technology automatically compensates for the elevation change, calculating and adjusting your yardage depending on the degree of slope. After playing a few practice rounds with this technology, at a few different courses, I was amazed at the difference a few degrees of elevation can make to your overall yardage. I should note that Slope technology isn’t legal for tournament or competition play, but you can easily disable the feature with the quick push of a button, making the Tour V4 SLOPE completely legal and conforming to USGA rules.

My new favourite bit of technology, however, is the Slope Compensation.

Accurate to within one yard, the Tour V4 SLOPE can measure distances to nearly 1000m (and 360m to a flag) and features a solid 5x magnification. It features a three-volt battery, is water resistant, and includes a twoyear warranty and a cool carry case.

Imagine you’re playing a 150m approach shot to an elevated green in the distance. Or maybe a tee shot on a par-3 from a

Overall, the Bushnell Tour V4 SLOPE is an outstanding unit, and definitely worth checking out.

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Every player’s swing is unique, and TaylorMade answered the challenge in delivering more performance to players of all skill levels with the introduction of M1 and its multi-material construction (driver and fairway); delivering more speed, high launch, low spin, and increased ball speed protection. In M2, engineers have utilised the same multi-material combination, including the seven-layer carbon composite crown found in the M1, to develop a line of products that deliver two highly sought-after performance benefits: distance and forgiveness.

Bushnell Tour V4 Trade-in program (RRP: DRIVER: M1 $749.00: M2 $649.00; FWY: $399.00; RESCUE: $299.00) To enter the giveaway for your choice of an M1 or M2 set, visit www.insidegolf.com.au/competitions Terms and conditions apply.

If you’ve thought of upgrading from an older Laser unit, Bushnell Golf is running a great trade-in promotion at the moment: Simply purchase a new Bushnell Tour V4 or V4 Slope from any Champion Sports supplied golf retailer before January 31st, then visit the Champion Sports website to see the value of your current laser rangefinder unit (up to $100). Send your old rangefinder to Champion Sports (must be in working condition) and you’ll get paid for your old unit. It’s that simple. Visit www.championsports.com.au/promotions for more information. RRP: $549 www.bushnellgolf.com

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Gifts for golf lovers

Whether they’re naughty or nice, Have a hook or a slice, Or simply can’t get off the tee, Every golf lover will squeal with glee, With a great golf gift under the tree!

Here are some of our favourite picks this year Nexbelt

A brand that is making huge inroads into the golf and retail markets around the world, Nexbelt truly have something for everyone. Choose from a wide selection of belts in many different colours and styles. No need to shop for your size as the belt straps are all the same length and are easily cut down for

a perfect fit. If you can’t find something you like, design your very own belt by choosing a buckle and strap from the range of separates. As an added feature, inside every buckle in the golf series range is a hidden ball marker. Distributed throughout Australia by Lyle Apparel. RRP $38-$150 www.lyleapparel.com.au atic automxpress n a t Ge de to E ll a a upgr stage for ember po in Dec de o rs orde h promo c wit SANTAEX

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PnP SX1 The SX1 Point n Putt visual alignment system uses a simple ‘One step alignment process’ that eliminates alignment flaws common to many golfers. The high-contrast Directional Pointer takes the guess work out of putting. Simply point the Directional Pointer along the intended line. The design automatically squares the putter face at 90º to the target line, resulting in pin-point accuracy. The Directional Pointer is intentionally separated from the face of the putter to make it easier to focus solely on the silver pointer, without the distraction of aligning the face, and to assist the MOI on the extreme perimeters.

RRP 00 $198.

With your focus on the Directional Pointer, it also promotes a steady head and smoother stroke at impact. The SX1 is fitted with a 380g head weight.  Additional weights are available to create three other weight combinations (360g, 400g and 420g). The oversized grip is standard. Call 02 6239 3462 pnpgolf.com

CONCOURSE CBM3 Australian-designed Concourse is the world’s most compact and innovative golf buggy. It fits any golf bag, which makes it the perfect gift this festive season. The 2016 International Design Awardwinning CBM3 delivers a new level of convenience for the walking golfer, both on and off the course. Constructed of high-grade diecast aluminium, glass fibre pultrusions and weighing a little over 4kg, the CBM3’s ultra compact form requires minimal time and effort to assemble, making setup and transportation a snack. The incredibly streamlined frame folds flat against the golf bag, eliminating storage

issues. Removing the wheels and storing them in their own bag is great for a clean car boot and fine for placement on even the most fastidious car owner’s leather seats. The CBM3 is full featured and one of its many patented innovations is its ability to be separated from the bag with the flick of a lever. www.concoursegolf.com

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Garmin Approach S20

AFL GOLF PRODUCTS

The Approach S20 GPS golf watch is the ideal present for the avid golfer. It boasts the new AutoShot round analyser feature, which automatically records the location and distance of every shot and uploads it to Garmin Connect account for post-round analysis. It uses high-sensitivity GPS and comes preloaded with data for more than 40,000 courses around the world with no additional fees or subscriptions.

Show your true colours with the AFL golf cart bags in club colours. These are a full-featured multi-pocket design with every premium feature including 14-way full length dividers, internal putter well, large insulated drink cooler pocket, a full rain cover and more. They not only look great but your equipment will never be better organised to have you playing better golf. Also available are AFL gift packs, premium jacquard golf towels in team colours, Optima TS golf balls with your clubs’ logo, golf umbrellas and headcovers in team colours so you can be sure to find that perfect Christmas gift.

The Approach S20 can get up to 15 hours of battery life in GPS mode and up to 8 weeks in watch mode with activity tracking. It boasts a 5 ATM water rating, so it can easily withstand the elements.

RRP A  FL Cart Bag $279 AFL Gift Packs from $24.99 1800 656 968 www.wsports.com.au ws.orders@wsports.com.au

Available in black, white or midnight teal. 1800 235 822 (Customer support) R www.garmin.com.au $299 RP .00

Golfdotz Golfdotz is a new generation high-resolution ink transfer that marks your golf ball and adds some fun and flair. When firm pressure from your thumb is applied, Golfdotz simply bonds with the skin of the ball. In five seconds or less you are ready to play. Golfdotz provide a great alternative to outdated ball marking methods; your design will last longer than ink. It is officially

approved for use in professional competition world-wide and it conforms to the R&A and PGA rules and in no way impact of your ball flight. Available in many designs for every golfer. Available at selected golf retailers and PGA Professionals. 0413 830 584 www.golfdotz.com.au info@golfdotz.com.au

Freck’s Grips

A PGA member for over 40 years, Col Frecklington has developed a new type of golf grip that is sure to turn heads. After looking at the imbalance in the swing plane of golfers (when the club comes across the ball at impact), Frecklington devised the idea of a “parallel” grip. When custom-fitted to a golfer’s hand size, the Parallel Grip equalizes the balance on both sides. In addition, divots became square at impact, players with good basics lost their fades or slices, and good players that create 90-degree angle on the backswing were not getting caught on the inside coming down (which can be a major problem with an imbalance).  It was also discovered with extensive trials that the ball came out in long grass straight with no pulling to the left.  There were no balance problems with the club, and single figure players using the grips had no distance issues, some even going further.  “Parallel Grips will become the grips of the future.  It may take a generation, but the only way to equalize the swing plane is by using custom-fitted parallel grips,” Col says.

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col.freck@live.com.au 0419 747 396 or Google “Freck’s Grips”

The Dunning pants and shorts have been identified as the best technical bottoms in Golf. The 4-way stretch, ultra-lightweight performance bottoms offer extraordinary playability and freedom of movement. Very flattering fit for all body types. Available colours Blk, Halo, Charcoal and Tan.

RRP $139.95 Looking for a smart sleek looking polo - the Doug Polo is it! Made with a polyester micro mesh for a leisurely fit and knit colour this amazing Polo comes in 5 different colourways. Pick from either French Navy/ice, Storm/race red, White/black or Marina/black (featured)

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That’s My Ball and Tin Cup The Rules of Golf state that every golfer should put an identification mark on their golf ball. That’s My Ball offers golfers quick and easy ball identification tools. TMB ID stamps are highly durable and allow you to quickly and easily identify your ball. They also stock Tin Cups, stainless steel stencils direct from the USA. Give a purposeful and long-lasting gift this Christmas and present a friend or family member with an ID stamp or Tin Cup.

Golf Clothing Factory Outlet Golf Clothing Factory Outlet is now under new management. It is taking on a new look for the Christmas / New Year Period after being purchased by Neil Clutterbuck.

RRP from $14.95 (ID stamp stock designs) or $25.95 (Tin Cup stock designs) + postage. www.thatsmyball.com.au 03 9434 6770 or 1300 445 054

The motto is still the same: “Quality Brands – Bargain prices” and they take pride in offering golfers a cost-effective solution to get dressed for success on the fairways.

E.L.K GTS LITHIUM The GTS Lithium features ground breaking ‘Constant speed control’ (CSC) which enables the buggy to travel at the speed you set, regardless of going uphill or down. Steering is also a breeze with its swivel front wheel, enabling the buggy to be steered with one fingertip. Folding and unfolding is easy via the push of just one button. The E.L.K. GTS comes standard with Lithium Battery and Charger. Standard inclusions are a 4th stabilising wheel, padded seat with storage compartment, umbrella, score card and drink holders. The GTS is backed by a 2-year warranty, serviced by the E.L.K nationwide service network. Due to its solid construction and ease of use, the GTS Lithium is a great hire buggy for any golf club looking to enhance their players’ golfing experience. www.elkgolf.com 03 9795 1743

RRP 0 .0 1 $ 499

Callaway 200 Laser Rangefinder The Callaway 200 Laser Rangefinder, featuring P.A.T. (Pin Acquisition Technology) delivers precise distance measurements in a sleek, compact design. P.A.T. locks onto the flagstick up to 275 yards away, ensuring accuracy even when trees and other objects are in the background. The Callaway 200 is simple, easy to use, and offers pin-point accuracy at a valued price! RRP $299, 03 5277 3944 sales@golfimports.com.au www.callawaydmd.com

Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder

The Callaway 300 Pro Laser Rangefinder delivers ALL the distance measurement features golfers need! Now with Slope Technology (easily disabled for competition play) elevation changes are accounted for, ensuring truly accurate distance measurements. Whether you’re trying to carry that fairway bunker, or firing at the flagstick of an elevated green, you’ll know the true distance for any shot on the course! RRP $449, 03 5277 3944 sales@golfimports.com.au www.callawaydmd.com          

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IceRays UV Protective and Cooling Armsleeves

OPENING SOON is their indoor hitting facility. They will offer golf tuition, club fitting and putter fitting in the studio. They will also have a great repair area to fix and make modifications to all types of clubs.

Golf Clothing Factory Outlet, 176 Boundary Road, Braeside Vic 3195 (opposite Woodlands GC). 03 9588-1779. www.golfclothingfactoryoutlet.com.au

One of the most compact Laser rangefinders available, the Condor LD-1000 measures just 90x72x38mm. The Pinfinder mode easily locks in the distance to the nearest object (the flagstick), while the unit also has standard point and press and scan modes. Sturdy carry case included. Magnification – 6x. Measures up to 900m and weighs under 200g. Orange or grey coloured trim. (03) 9755 8881 www.condorgolf.com.au sales@condorgolf.com.au

They are expanding the retail offering in the outlet, with an outlet-priced range of golf balls, gloves, shoes, bags, technology and clubs soon available for sale in the shop.

“I want to give golfers the best experience when it comes to improving their game,” says Clutterbuck. “The experience I can offer for fitting, lessons and especially putter fitting will be up there with the best offering in Melbourne. It has been my passion to teach and fit all my life. To be able to do this is my own specifically-designed environment is exciting”.

CONDOR GOLF LD-1000 COMPACT LASER RANGEFINDER

If you hate messy sunscreen but don’t want to wear hot, long sleeve shirts, then IceRays are the perfect answer. No more hot, sticky arms; just cool comfort.  With 50+ UV protection and no uncomfortable seams, they are the only Armsleeve tested by the Government body ARPANSA to be totally UV protective to 50+. A great option to keep you cool and protected, Icerays are available in lots of different colours and one size fits all. Email: enquiries@icerays.com.au or call 1300 025 939 www.icerays.com.au

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 ilford SL-7 Single-Length M Irons New to the market in Australia, these irons have been specifically developed to simplify the game and make it more enjoyable for golfers of all abilities. The SL-7 irons are all the same length, that of a 7-iron, and swing weight matched. They enable you to have the same set-up, stance, ball position and swing plane for all irons. Grappling with uncomfortable, long shafted irons is a thing of the past. The core set is 4-iron-PW, with LW, SW and GW also available. Milford SL-7 irons are available with graphite shafts in L, A and R flex and with stainless steel shafts in R and S flex. RRP: Set (4 iron-PW): $499 (steel) $549 (Graphite) Contact Fred Stewart on 0412 563 977 fred@milfordgolf.com.au


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World 1st – All Square Visual Alignment design

Introducing the all new GAP wedge

Truely game changing wedges

Your eyes are directly over the ball when you can see the ‘white pointer’ through the upper ‘V-Shaped’ site

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PnP Golf has developed an alignment set-up that shows you how to correctly align your chip or putt - EVERY TIME - it is our SITELINE All Square Visual Alignment (ASVA) set-up. The SiteLine ‘ASVA’ set-up for both clubs, is easy and natural. With the sole flat on the ground, just visualise the point of the white directional pointer (DP), featured on the lower level, through the upper Site, while also pointing the (DP) on your intended line. This ensures your eyes are directly over the ball and your putter face is 90° to the target alignment - EVERY TIME.

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PnP Golf’s patented ‘Dual Bounce Rail’ design and advanced ‘On-set Leading Edge’ glides through sand and combs through rough like no other wedge – with more excelleration and less effort. What is the difference between PnP RAKE wedges and other lob, sand or gap wedges? The main difference: We have broken-up the one (1) large blunt bounce, found on other wedges, into two (2) bounces; ie. a rail bounce and a secondary ‘between rail’ sole bounce.

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“I am so amazed at how easy it is to execute what normally would be a difficult shot out of the rough, and how effortlessly I can get the ball out of a bunker. The GAP wedge is a significant addition to improving your game.”

Why does it work so well? Sand and rough: The sole on the Lob, Sand and Gap RAKE wedge has a path between the two bounces that form rails. These rails provide an avenue for the underlying sand and turf to pass through; reducing the co-efficient of friction through impact. You will also have more control, as the rails assist to stabilise the club-head’s intended direction through the sand and rough. Tight lie and hardpan: With these lies the rail design breaks through the surface tension of the underlying surface, in effect lowering the club’s leading edge at impact to deliver better contact and flight. The ‘Dual Bounce Rail’ design is exclusive to PnP RAKE wedges.

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Tlink Tlink is a lightweight Bluetooth Device that pairs with your smartphone to give you accurate front, middle and back yardages to the green. It also works as a pedometer, tracking your steps, calories and distance walked on the course. With over 30,000 courses worldwide, Tlink has you covered no matter where you play. For further information please visit your nearest Drummond Golf Store.

2UNDR 2UNDR products are designed for superior ventilation, and their unique Joey Pouch prevents unwanted skin contact. Quite possibly the best underwear you will ever own. But don’t take our word for it – try some for yourself. Available in 6” Boxer or 3” Trunk lengths in a variety of colours and sizes. Distributed throughout Australia by Lyle Apparel. RRP $33.50-$35 www.lyleapparel.com.au

U.S. Kids Golf First Club The putting green is the best place to introduce a child to golf. U.S. Kids Golf “First Club” putter makes it easy to get the youngest golfer off to a great start. It will make the perfect gift this Christmas. Available in Pink or Blue.

Cool Dry Covers Are you looking for a unique gift for the golf cart owner on your list?  Are you tired of sticking to a hot cart seat or getting damp from a wet one?  Then Cool Dry Covers are the perfect answer.  Their micromesh design keeps you raised above your cart seat, allowing beneficial air flow to keep you cool and dry.  With models to fit all major cart brands, Cool Dry Covers make an ideal Christmas gift. Brought to you by Four Season Products Pty Ltd, a proudly Australian company.

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Niblick Scorch Cart Bag One of Niblick’s newest hardware additions is the Scorch Cart Bag. Features 10 individual storage pockets, 14-way top with full length dividers, upper lift handle, metal towel ring and glove holder, velour lines waterproof valuables pocket, large easy access apparel pocked, lower lift handle, internal putter storage well and oversized vented cooler pocket. Available in black/blue/white, and black/red/grey /white. www.niblick.com.au

RRP 00 $195.

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PnP Siteline Dynamic Target Caddie WS 400 Duo Putter & Chipper The new Target Caddie WS 400 is the newest introduction to the Target Caddie Range. With its latest innovative design and technology, the WS 400 offers a unit which is fully waterproof and shock proof at an affordable price point. It also features 6x Magnification, High Definition LCD lens, Target Seeking function up to 200m, Yards or Metres functionality, Automatic power save function and a Storage Bag. The Target Caddie WS400 also enables all golfers to measure distances up to 400m. The unit only weighs 185 grams, and with the rubber hand gripping grooves enables all golfers maintain a comfortable feel and stability when playing in all challenging conditions. For more information please visit your local Drummond Golf Store.

When putting or chipping, you may think that your eyes are where they should be, directly over the ball – but are they? Siteline’s All Square Visual Alignment (ASVA) design assists in setting you up perfectly – EVERY TIME. In combination with Siteline’s Directional Pointer you will not only be positioned perfectly over the ball, you will also have the club-face accurately squared to the target path.  On and around the green, there is a distinct advantage in using both Siteline clubs in tandem, as they have the same ASVA, stroke, feel and balance. Doing this will help you to develop repeatable, muscle memory, confident and accurate strokes. RRP Putter: $189 Chipper: $179 Together: $329  02 6239 3462 pnpgolf.com

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Niblick Dunes

Golf Screen

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The Niblick Dunes shield system Microfibre is an ultra-light-weight material designed to shield your feet from the weather while giving superior breathability. This revolutionary material is easy to clean and super soft features include EEE fitting for superior fit and comfort, Softer foot-bed and innersole for extra comfort, Heel cushioning pad for superior fit and comfort around the heel. The wide ridge TPU design arch/heel offers maximum support while the Traction ridges combined with light soft ‘fluid cleats’ give superior traction and stability.

Not your regular $9.95 sunscreen, this is Golf screen! Contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to soothe dry skin on the course. Use for up to 3 years in your golf bag. Low Irritation, fast absorbing formula limits any residue. Specific Golf Dry, Non Greasy formula. Non stick, No slip grip. 100ml. 50+SPF, four hours water resistant.

12 month waterproof guarantee. www.niblick.com.au

For stockists call Sporte Leisure on 02 9693 5777 or www.sl.com.au

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New Tour Edge Hot Launch 2

Golphin For Kids

Golphin’s GFK (Golphin For Kids) clubs are perfect to introduce kids to the greatest game, the game for life. Golphin clubs have been biomechanically designed specifically for beginner golfers aged 3 to 11 years old. Using innovation from the aeronautical industry, the clubs are 22% lighter than traditional kids clubs, allowing the kids to swing the club rather than the club swing them. With 35% larger club heads, it is easier to make solid contact with the ball and the oversized grooves generate more spin on the ball, increasing ball flight trajectory. These all importantly help kids enjoy golf from the very beginning.

Highland Golf Cars

Highland Golf Cars showcases an impressive range of new and used golf carts and is the largest display outside of Sydney. This dealership’s continued popularity and growth can be attributed to their mantra ‘we will not be beaten on price’. When you have a vast array of stock to choose from, excellent sales and after-sales service and legendary trade-in deals, that mantra is the icing on the (Christmas) cake. Golf carts are increasingly more affordable and feature packed and there are always options to suit any budget. Whether you’re after the latest model or are interested in a used vehicle, there is simply no better place to start (and end) your journey.

Golphin For Kids (GFK) sets comprise four clubs – Driver, 7 iron, S Wedger and Putter and come in a high-quality carry bag. There are four sizes to suit a child’s height and come in a variety of colours. Available online or at selected Drummond and House of Golf stores. RRP: $265-$310 www.golphin.com.au

Contact your local golf stockist to view the Hot Launch 2 range of Drivers, Fairways, Hybrids, Ironwoods and Irons. 1800 656 968 www.touredge.com ws.orders@wsports.com.au

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t was a fairytale ending for local Greg Rhodes who had been feeling the pressure from many around him, but managed to keep his cool and move on to post a brilliant one-over par 73 and take the Championship win from the hands of Martin Minogue (Lakelands, WA).

n a wonderful display of top-class golf Victorian Kym Olsen won the 2016 Australian Senior Amateur Championship.

Trailing by one stroke entering the final eighteen Olsen closed with a final round of two under par 70 to win the title by four strokes. During his final round Olsen was always in control of his excellent game in a great display of precise golf. A birdie on the first hole was a great way to start and he continued in the same form all day. Overnight leader David Schultz parred the first three and then birdied the fourth to show he was ready to become the first overseas player to win this national championship. However, Olsen retaliated with a great birdie on the very next hole. Olsen then played beautifully parring every hole until another birdie at thirteen made him three under par and that gave him a four-stroke lead over Schultz. Equal overnight leader and three-time winner of this championship Stefan Albinski was also in the final group but could not find the form that saw him record a wonderful round of 68 on day two. He would eventually finish in fifth place.

Canadian visitor David Schultz certainly impressed everyone who saw him play. He finished in the runner-up position and will be a welcomed visitor if he can return to play in our championship again.

The Kooyonga course was another winner. Beautifully conditioned and set up it was a fitting course to host the Australian Senior Amateur Championship. One of Australia’s very best courses.

The defending champion Greg Rhodes finished with a good final round of 75 to move up the leaderboard and take out third place one stroke ahead of New Zealand’s top senior golfer Michael Barltrop who once again figured in the finish of a major Australian senior amateur event.

As usual the tournament was well managed by Golf Australia with everything running smoothly. Next year’s championship is scheduled for Royal Hobart Golf Club.

Paul Maslen, Martin Minogue and Gordon Claney shared sixth place with the top ten rounded out by Gary Wells and Paul Chappell. The strong Victorian team of Greg Rhodes, Gordon Claney, Ian Frost and Mark Abeyaratne successfully defended their interstate teams trophy with NSW finishing in second place.

221 OLSEN Kym The National  75 76 70 225 SCHULTZ David Canada 72 78 75 230 RHODES Greg Coomealla 78 77 75 231 BARLTROP Michael Royal Auckland 76 78 77 232 ALBINSKI Stefan Mona Vale  82 68 82 233 MASLEN Paul Moss Vale  79 80 74 MINOGUE Martin Lakelands  74 78 81 CLANEY Gordon Kingston Heath  79 73 81 234 WELLS Gary Liverpool  77 79 78 CHAPPELL Paul Hartfield  75 80 79 235 PEARSON Mark Mona Vale 79 78 78 FROST Ian Rich River  78 75 82 235

Rhodes proved too strong with a final round of 73 giving him a total of 71-7473=218 and a winning margin of four strokes from overnight leader Minogue who had an excellent tournament with his rounds of 72-72-78=222. Third place went to the always consistent Queenslander Steve Toyne (79-74-72=225) who closed with the day’s best round of even par 72 to move up the leaderboard.

Martin Minogue – runner up in the Victorian Senior Amateur Championship.

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nett winner for the 55-59 years’ age category. A late charge from David Taylor (Commonwealth) who returned a nett 71 from a 6 handicap moved him to second place.

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Taylor took home the winner’s nett prize ahead of John Reynolds (The Grange, SA) and left the New South Wales duo of Rod Fraser (Monash) and Darryl Hearsch (Manly) to go to a countback for third place, with Fraser who had a better final round score to take the honours. Age group nett winners for the 54-holes include David Taylor (60-64 years), John Reynolds (65-69) and Geoffrey Fifer (70+). A very warm thanks is to be extended to the Coomealla and Riverside Golf Clubs, for their hospitality and generosity to all of the players. Both clubs were delighted to welcome both fields and proud to showcase their courses in fantastic condition. The championship moves across the state to Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance next year on Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 October, 2017. Greg Rhodes–winner of the 2016 Victorian Senior Amateur Championship. Rhodes has returned home from South Australia where he finished third in the Australian Senior Amateur. He was also a member of the victorious 4-person Victorian Senior Team, along with Gordon Claney (Kingston Heath) who finished the winner of the gross 60-64 years age bracket this week. For Minogue, it wasn’t all bad news; his week of very consistent golf was rewarded as he became the 54-hole nett champion for the event as well as the

218 Gregory Rhodes Coomealla 71-74-73 222 Martin Minogue Lakelands 72-72-78 225 Steve Toyne Nudgee 79-74-72 228 Ian Frost Rich River 74-76-78 229 Michael Dunsmore Hartfield 74-76-79 230 Barry Tippett Barwon Heads 79-73-78 231 Gordon Claney Kingston Heath 81-74-76 233 Christopher Tatt Buninyong 81-77-75 Ross Percy Cobram-Barooga 77-7779 Robin Dybeck Mt Lawley 77-74-82 234 Darryl Hearsch Manly 77-78-74 Michael Jackson Yarra Yarra 76-77-81

Ross Bockman, Don Brown and Geoff Cranfield winners at the Windsor Seniors.

Windsor Seniors Long Reef senior Ross Bockman has won the 2016 Windsor Seniors after a good round of 75 on the par-71 layout. Conditions were difficult all day with a mixture of intermittent rain, gusting winds and generally cool weather. The Windsor course was presented beautifully with the greens the best for quite a few years. Bockman has won this title several times previously and this time he defeated fellow Long Reef member Geoff Cranfield by two strokes. Vince Clark (The Lakes) won the Over 65s with a round of 78 and finished in third place overall. Handicap prizes went to local Windsor members Trevor Bartley, Neil Pitt and Dail Miller.

Twin Creeks Seniors Twin Creek’s was presented in excellent condition for the annual Twin Creeks Classic, The fairways were well grassed and the greens smooth and well-suited to seniors golf. No excuses for a bad score. Mona Vale’s Greg Stanford was the winner of the best scratch score with a fine one over par 73. Stanford is a regular winner on the

senior circuit and this was another win for the popular golfer. Stanford defeated Dale Tapper from Bayview on a countback after he also returned a score of 73. The winner of the best net was local member John Brewster with a very good round of 40 Stableford points from his handicap of 10. Scratch Winners Greg Stanford 35 pts Grade A Winner: Grade A Runner Up: Dale Tapper 35 pts Robert Lewis 31 pts Grade B Winner: Grade B Runner Up: Steve Stanton 30 pts Simon Goh 22 pts Grade C Winner: Grade C Runner Up: Rodney Rodwell 19 pts Handicap Winners John Brewster 40 pts Overall winner: Russell Bunn 38 pts Grade A Winner: Grade A Runner Up: David Owens 38 pts Paul Kammel 39 pts Grade B Winner: Grade B Runner Up: Terry Shute 39 pts Grade C Winner: Bruno Pase 38 pts Grade C Runner Up: Terry Teoh 36 pts More information on NSW Senior Order of Merit events here - www.golfnsw.org

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The Social Network Clubs across Australia are going Social! Richard Fellner richard@insidegolf.com.au

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ocial Golf in Australia is, in a word, booming. What was once a small (and often disdained) segment of the golf arena has now become the majority player in a flourishing industry, with the words “Social Golf” becoming the hot buzzword at many clubs.

Social Golf numbers have outpaced the private clubs in terms of growth over the years, as time-poor families and individuals have changed their habits when it comes to playing this great game of ours. This has led to the establishment of many highlyrespected Social Golf Networks and clubs. Social Golf Australia led the way in this regard back in 2006, and they have now been joined by other professionally-run organisations/ groups throughout the country, with many

Pacific Dunes Port Stephens offering official Golf Australia handicaps, professionally-run events, golf tours and more. Courses and private clubs have also cottoned on to this highly lucrative market, with Howlong Golf Resort a shining example of a club being on the leading edge of the wave. These clubs are successfully welcoming social golfers with open arms, and are being rewarded with a healthy bottom line in both their green fee revenue, and food & beverage numbers. This month, Inside Golf features many of the country’s forward-thinking clubs, groups and services that are now enjoying the bounty created by the growing trend of Social Golf.

QUEENSLAND Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley The Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley reopened a few months ago and is heading into its first growing season with a strong following of regular golfers and large numbers of visitors keen to test themselves on this famous course. John Tolhurst, the resident Pro and two times QLD PGA Champions has been welcoming hundreds of golfers each week with up to 140 playing on one day alone recently. “Our weekly comp, the Copperhead, is attracting more and more back to the course. They get to compete each Thursday and every public holiday for the trophy and Holiday, Golf and Spa worth $500 prizes on offer,” he said.

To date the resort and course has hosted golfing groups from New Zealand, Sydney, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Mackay, with the stay and play packages proving very popular amongst these players. A large number of them had played the course when it was previously open and some are bringing relatives and younger players to experience Snake Gully and the famous 5th and 17th holes for the first time. The first growing season for the course is fast approaching and everyone associated with the course, from the team who are charged with nurturing this course on a daily basis, to players and management of the resort are keen to see what it looks like afterwards. The course was previously ranked number 1 in Qld and in the Top 25 courses in Australia;

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Ramada Resort Kooralbyn Valley and the team are determined to push their course back into that elite company. It was the home course of World number 1 Jason Day and Adam Scott who studied at Kooralbyn International School. The Golf Shop and Resort staff are receiving great feedback from players from all walks of life and handicaps. The groups are having a great time off the course, kicking back and relaxing at the Pavilion, Ringtails Cafe or Lilies Restaurant after spending a few hours on the course. “One of the most entertaining parts of any round here are our kangaroos which choose to enjoy our course” says John, “our guests are

having a great time and the presence of the kangaroos just adds to the atmosphere. The refurbished resort which has 101 rooms, pool, hot springs, Aussie Muster show, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, restaurants and much more offers attractive stay and play packages and can customize a package for groups. Stay and Play packages start from $79.20 per person twin share for groups of 32 plus players. More information: Call (07) 5544 6688 or the Golf Shop directly on (07) 5544919 or visit www.RamadaResortKooralbynValley.com.au

McLeod Country Golf Club

McLeod Country Golf Club McLeod Country Golf Club host one of the most diverse and challenging golf courses in SEQ. With the slope rating of 132, it offers any passionate golfer the opportunity play every shot in their bag of tricks. McLeod Country Golf Club is a par-71 course that keeps even the best golfers interested. There are nine par-4s, five par-3s and four par5s throughout the course. The three hardest holes on the course include the par-4 370m 8th hole which requires a long drive and accurate second shot into a well-protected raised green with bunkers on either side. The next hardest

hole would be the following hole, the 9th. This 523m par-5 catches many players either short in the front bunkers or wet in the dam on their approach shot. The 18th is home to an uphill 179m par-3 that is well-protected by a two tiered green with bunkers down the left side. McLeod also understand that golfers have limited spare time, and with this in mind they have introduced a weekly 9-hole stableford competition that is open to any golfers with a current GolfLink number. More information: 61 Gertrude McLeod Crescent, Mount Ommaney QLD 4074. Phone: (07) 3376 3666, or Email: enquiries@mcleodgolf.com.au

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Links Hope Island

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Noosa Springs and Links Hope Island Whether your golfing destination is the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, there’s a quality championship course just waiting to be enjoyed. Noosa Springs is arguably the Sunshine Coast’s best golf course. Designed by Graham Papworth, the par-72 6180m course meanders its way through tropical bushland, creating a tranquil setting to an enjoyable, yet challenging, round of golf. Ideally located less than 3km from famous Noosa Heads, with its beach, restaurants and national park, Noosa Springs is a one-stop shop for the social golfer, or the holiday-maker with a fancy for the game. It offers luxury onsite accommodation, an award-winning spa, tennis courts and fitness centre, a popular bar and restaurant, and a well-stocked golf shop.

A two-hour drive to the south is Links Hope Island, another superb golf course owned in the same interests. The Peter Thomson-Mike Wolveridgedesigned Links Hope Island layout is only 23 years old – yet it’s already hosted a Johnnie Walker Classic and a Qantas Legends Golf Classic, and is on every golfer’s ‘bucket list’ of courses to play. Set in a 360ha residential resort community, Links Hope Island is a beautiful 6500m par-72 layout, with 128 bunkers and plenty of water to hold any player’s attention. A 20-minute drive from Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes from Brisbane, Links Hope Island is centrally located for holiday-makers and residents of the south-east corner of Queensland. For two courses of such undoubted quality, Links Hope Island and Noosa Springs are remarkably welcoming to visitors. Staff are friendly and obliging and visitors are greeted with warmth and hospitality.

Casual green fees (for 18 holes) are $140 for Links Hope Island and $120 for Noosa Springs, but frequent special offers allow golfers the opportunity of playing these wonderful courses at economical rates. Just give the golf shop a call. More information: Noosa Springs (07) 5440 3333, Links Hope Island (07) 5530 9000.

Gailes Golf Club Gailes Golf Club is one of only three QLD golf courses to have hosted the Australian Open. It was at Gailes in 1955 that South African legend Bobby Locke won from Australian golf icons Kel Nagle and Norman Von Nida by a single shot. Gailes Golf Club is open to the public to follow in these famous footsteps. It is an enjoyable and great test for golfers of all skill levels from beginners right through to professionals. The course starts with back-to-back par-

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5s, which the longer hitters will fancy as a chance to get their rounds off to a hot start. A stern test on the par-3 third awaits, before another birdie chance on the short par-4 fourth. The 6th is a very strong par-3 and possibly the hardest hole on the course alongside the 15th, a long dogleg-right par-4. Golfers get a reprieve at the 9th with another par-5 reachable in two good shots for the longer hitters. The 10th hole is lined by trees left and out of bounds to the right which both act as a magnet to many golfers. The next four holes require strategy to be overcome. The 15th is the toughest of the par-4s at Gailes, with a fade required off the tee to ensure the green is reachable with your second shot. A bunker lurks 30 metres short of the green, accepting all but the most purely struck second shot to a green that slopes left to right and guarded by two more bunkers. The 18th, is the final par-5 at Gailes and is again reachable in two

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Gailes Golf Club shots for the longer hitters. The green slopes right to left with bunkers located at the front left and right, meaning a perfect second shot is required to find the putting surface in two. The course has changed a little over the years, but what hasn’t is the test of a golfer’s skill. Open competitions are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, Ladies each Thursday and the Members’ competition on Saturday. Social golf is available 6 days a week and 9 holes can be had late on a Saturday as the members head for the bar to discuss their rounds and relax overlooking the links following their rounds. More information: 299 Wilruna Street Wacol QLD 4076, Phone: Club ( 07) 3271 2333, Proshop (07) 3271 1045, www.gailesgolf.com.au or email: gailes@gailesgolf.com.au

Paradise Palms Nestled between the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the iconic Daintree Rainforest sits Paradise Palms in a spectacularly unique tropical paradise location. Just a mere 15 minutes north of the Cairns International Airport and 5 minutes from the beautiful Palm Cove precinct, Paradise Palms attracts golfers of all abilities from around the country to experience world-class golfing with an endless summer vibe. This challenging 18-hole golf course is host to one of Australia’s largest Pro-Am tournaments each year and has a history of accommodating major events attracting the likes of Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer, Curtis Strange and Isao Aoki. With new owners and a new management team, Paradise Palms is set to put regional golf tourism on the map. Continuously ranked as one of Australia’s top-

Paradise Palms 100 courses, the iconic club has its sights set on improving this already impressive ranking to a top 25 course with planned improvements currently underway. Originally designed by Graham Marsh and Ross Watson, this championship course takes its players on a journey over winding creeks and ravines. From every tee at Paradise Palms, golfers will be treated to a truly spectacular layout. Spanning 6,331 meters, there are three large lakes that come into play, the par-71 golf course offers every golfer a demanding yet picturesque layout. With new Club Car golf carts all fitted with the latest Visage GPS, golfers will never get caught short. Offering multiple tee options enticing golfers of all levels and experience and a new combined practice putting and chipping green, Paradise Palms is the perfect place to Stay and Play.

Paradise Palms boasts an impressive clubhouse, perfect for a meal or a relaxing drink after a challenging round. The large clubhouse encompasses two function rooms, fresh local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week in the 4.5 star restaurant, plus an expansive golf shop stocked with the latest apparel for men and women as well as quality golfing equipment. The relaxed bar welcomes everyone, including those just looking for a relaxing drink in a tranquil setting. Paradise Palms offers Stay + Play packages that include three nights’ accommodation in a resort room, twin share, breakfast daily and two rounds of 18-holes including cart, starting at just $777. More information: (07) 4059 9935 or visit www.paradisepalms.com.au

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Lakelands Golf Club

Lakelands Golf Club As social golf is becoming a greater part of the golfing community, Lakelands Golf Club has managed to go with the times and partner up with a number of Tour Operators and website promotional partners in order to best deliver to keen golfers chasing the best value for money. Lakelands pride themselves on maintaining the best conditioned golf course possible throughout the year. With multiple tee ground options to suit all levels of golfers, generous landing areas from the tee, the near perfect golf course setting and amazing outlook from the Clubhouse, what more could you want when going for a Social game of golf? Lakelands Golf Club includes a full-length driving range which is open to the public, two practice chipping and putting greens, full clubhouse with shower and locker facilities available to the public, as well as a fullylicensed bar and restaurant to help you wind down after your game.

With onsite units for rent at Signature Apartments and numerous hotels within 5-10 minutes, as well as the popular Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise locations, Lakelands Golf Club is situated perfectly in the heart of the Gold Coast. Every month from February through November, Lakelands host a Black Tee challenge for the men to test their skills in a stroke event, as well as a bi-monthly Lady Bear stableford event, which are both open to the public. Whenever you are in the heart of the Gold Coast you should take the short 5 minute drive from Broadbeach to Lakelands Golf Club where you can experience the knowledge and excellence that the world’s finest golfer, winner of eighteen majors, brings to golf course design. The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus has designed over 150 golf courses on five continents. It took twenty-five years for Jack Nicklaus to find the perfect location for his first signature

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golf course in Australia… so experience Lakelands Golf Course today. More information: 100 Lakelands Drive, Merrimac QLD 4226, (07) 5510 6507, www.lakelandsgolfclub.com.au, proshop@lakelandsgolfclub.com.au

Noosa Golf Club Enjoy the beauty of Noosa Golf Club’s 18-hole championship course in a natural bushland setting with an abundance of local wildlife at your side. Families of kangaroos laze in the sun and koalas can be spotted snoozing in the trees. Unlike players, the koalas actually like being in the trees! The course is said to be very forgiving with 6000+ metres of easy walking and wide fairways. Over the past 18 months, many course improvements have taken place, with fairways regrassed, bunkers upgraded and new drainage works and an irrigation upgrade – all leading to the course being in the best condition ever.

Noosa Golf Club Visitors are welcome and encouraged to play in competitions or you can play socially seven days a week. Available times vary depending on the day. For those on holiday, green fee cards are available at reasonable prices. Their golf professionals offer lessons from beginners to advanced and can help you with equipment hire. Looking for some retail therapy? The pro shop is fully stocked with an extensive range of clothing and equipment. Dine with mountain and fairway views at Legends Bistro, serving dinner from Tuesday to Friday and open every day for lunch. Noosa Golf Club celebrates the camaraderie of golf with the best value green fees, membership and hire charges on the Coast. More information: 46 Cooroy Noosa Road, Tewantin, Qld, (07) 5447 1407, www.noosagolf.com.au, admin@noosagolf.com.au


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City Golf Club

City Golf Club Looking for a game of golf in Toowoomba? Then drop in and play at City Golf Club, the best course on the Darling Downs and host of the QLD PGA Championship since 2009. Enjoy a social round on their magnificent 18-hole golf course 7 days a week (subject to times and availability). Motorised carts and hire equipment available, see their professionals in the pro shop for all your golfing needs. Even better, grab a group of mates and enjoy a play and stay deal at their adjoining City Golf Club Motel. Green fees: $24 for 9 holes, $32 for 18 holes. Group discounts apply, enquire at golf@ citygolf.com.au or phone (07) 4636 9070. More information: 254 South Street Toowoomba, (07) 4636 9000, www.citygolf.com.au, golf@citygolf.com.au

Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club The Palms golf course at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club offers a uniquely challenging course layout, embedded within a tropical landscape of century-old cabbage palms and paperbark trees. Gently undulating fairways require accurate shotmaking from uneven lies, while numerous bunkers and pristine lakes demand calculated shot-planning. The strategic and innovative bunkering makes scoring from 100 metres out particularly challenging. Sand is held up the face of these visually spectacular bunkers, accentuating the course’s magnificently manicured and creatively demanding greens. This distinctive layout reinforces the need for precise approaches while presenting a variety of play options. It comes as no surprise that this Ross Watson-designed jewel is in the top 100 list of public golf courses in Australia. His designs

Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club ensure every hole offers visually astonishing layouts that keep each shot interesting and reward smart play. Watson, a renowned and highly respected golf course architect, was responsible for the redesign of Royal Sydney Golf Club and has created many other masterpieces such as Magenta Shores and Kooindah Waters, to name a few. The Palms golf course boasts many standout holes, such as a par-5 with water and clever bunkering, which instantly places pressure on the golfer to keep the ball in play. The par-3 holes undoubtedly attract critical acclaim and require excellent shotmaking skills. Finally, the 17th and 18th are spectacular finishing holes, leaving golfers with an astounding lasting impression of one of Australia’s finest courses. Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club welcomes casual golfers and visitors, and offers a number of open golf competitions for those seeking a little added pressure. The private club is also allowing leisure round

access to members with an official club handicap. Take advantage of Sanctuary Cove’s Christmas special, by becoming a VIP Golf Pass Holder. For $299, you will receive two rounds of 18 holes of golf on The Palms golf course, a $50 golf shop voucher, a $50 food and beverage voucher, 50% off driving range balls at The Palms driving range, and Sanctuary Cove will maintain your Golf Link handicap for 12 months. You will also enjoy 7-day discounted green fees of $75 per round as a card holder, and $90 per round for each of your guests, both prices inclusive of shared electric carts. As a bonus offer, if you purchase a VIP Golf Pass before 31 December 2016, you receive a bonus round of 18 holes of golf on The Palms golf course valued at $150. More information: Gleneagles Drive, Sanctuary Cove 4212, (07) 5699 9000, www.sanctuarycovegolfclub.com.au, info@scgcc.com.au

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Mount Coolum Golf Club

Mount Coolum Golf Club Just a short drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore is Mount Coolum Golf Club, which is one of the most picturesque settings to play golf. Nestled at the foot of spectacular Mt Coolum with the rock providing a breathtaking backdrop on most tees and fairways, Mount Coolum is an extremely friendly and welcoming club. So it isn’t surprising that more than 60,000 rounds are played here each year. An added bonus is the layout is relatively flat, which makes it a comfortable walk. The front and back nine holes are very different in character. The course consists of six par-5s, six par4s and six par 3s, however, on the back nine there are four par-5s and four-par-3s. Golfers of all levels will enjoy the challenge along with the beauty and the abundance of natural flora and fauna. Perhaps the biggest challenge is the water hazards that come into play on 12 holes. Combine all this with the long, narrow fairways and you have a true test of golf on your hands. The club’s general manager Sharon Purnell said the condition of the golf course was its best advertisement. “We have members and visitors constantly commenting on how well the course is playing and how professional and friendly the staff is,” she said.

Ms Purnell said the golf club was located close to various resorts and accommodation houses and was the ideal place to hold a corporate event or trade day. The club’s facilities include a fully-stocked pro shop with motorised carts, retail and hire equipment as well as the latest in men’s and women’s golf fashion. Club pro Stephen Jenkins is a AAA PGA professional and Level 3 coaching accredited. The air-conditioned clubhouse has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a large deck overlooking the course and spectacular Mount Coolum. The Bistro is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and the bar facilities and gaming lounge is open seven days a week. Golfers can relax on the balcony after a game and enjoy lunch with views over Australia’s second largest rock – Mt Coolum. “It’s all part of one of life’s great golfing experiences.” Ms Purnell said. The club’s philosophy is to ensure members, guests and visitors receive the highest level of service and experience when attending the club or on the course. Mount Coolum GC has social play on Monday, Friday and Sunday and offer discounts to social bookings of 10 or more players. The club welcomes visitors and guests to play and enjoy golf in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. More information: Lumeah Drive, Mt Coolum 4573, (07) 5446 3125, www.mtcoolumgolf.com

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Caloundra Golf Club

Caloundra Golf Club Aside from being a beautiful, old-fashioned parkland golf course, Caloundra Golf Club holds a unique position on the Sunshine Coast because it’s just a short distance from famed Kings Beach. Opened in 1951 as a nine-hole layout and extended to 18 holes in 1966, the golf course is set in a tranquil and peaceful environment and offers a pleasant combination of ponds and well-established trees and interesting strategy decisions off the tees. It’s here where visiting club golfers feel right at home as the golf course is very much a product of its natural surroundings. Of course, the challenge of the traditional Australian bushland course is another reason why the club is popular with members and visitors alike. The golf course is 5987m off the championship tees (5356m for women) and features a number of tight, tree-lined holes that make accuracy and the ability to shape the golf ball off the tee very important. The layout is a balance between risk and reward. You can smash a driver off the tee or hit a positional iron, go for the green in two heroic shots or throw a wedge to the superb greens. There are five par-3s and they are a real test with none measuring less than 145m.

Caloundra golf course’s final three holes are extremely demanding – just what you want from a championship layout. The 16th (353m) has an index of eight while the 17th (369m) and the 18th (393m) are indexed four and two respectively. If you require one birdie from the final three holes to win a title, you are going to have to work very hard. Caloundra Golf Club, which can lay claim to producing former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch, has produced numerous state and national champions. Visitors are always welcome at Caloundra and social times are available most days. Motorised carts and golf equipment are available for hire. The clubhouse, which overlooks the 18th green and fairway, incorporates a fullyequipped bar and dining room and also specialises in weddings, birthdays or any other celebration while the pro shop has an excellent range of clubs and accessories. One of the attractions is each day at 4pm the Rainbow Lorikeets arrive and visitors are welcome to participate in the feeding activity. More information: 1 Charles Woodward Drive, Caloundra 4551, (07) 5491 1811. www.caloundragolfclub.com.au

If that is not enough, there is water on five holes and bunkers protect most greens.

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Flinders Golf Club

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can forget about par, as you’ll be contending with deep bunkers, tall trees and any number of ball-grabbing shrubs or hazards.

Perfect for social groups or a casual day of golf, Flinders is a great venue that doesn’t disappoint. Inside Golf Social Group Offer: Pay your deposit for your 2017 social golf event for 20 or more players, before Tuesday 28th February 2017 and receive a complimentary sausage sizzle on the balcony.

Though it may seem a bit detached from the other well-known Mornington courses, in reality it’s only 15 minutes away from the Cape Schanck area, so it is well within reach for a social group weekend or casual round.

The par-4 fourth, the club’s signature hole, is a short but spectacular hole named The Coffin. Originally a par-3, it was redesigned into a par-4 by Mackenzie, who moved the green back and behind the “Purgatory Ravine”, thus transforming it into one of the most memorable holes on the Mornington Peninsula. In truth, all the holes on the course are special. Each with its own unique ocean view, character and challenge.

The great Golf Architect Dr Alister Mackenzie was so impressed with the course during a visit in 1926 that he was quoted as saying that Flinders was “equalled by only one other natural course, which is in California.” (He was referring to Pebble Beach.) Flinders is arguably one of the more underrated courses on the Peninsula.

But the real test at Flinders is on and around the splendid greens – which are always in fantastic condition. Ultra slick, deceptive, undulating and creatively contoured, these greens roll extremely true, yet the breaks and pace can be almost impossible to read correctly. Thus, your approach shots have added importance at Flinders.

Amstel Golf Club’s Ranfurlie Course continues to mature and remains firmly entrenched in this country’s elite course rankings. This private golf course now welcomes group bookings midweek and Sundays and offers elite facilities both on and off the course.

While it isn’t long by any stretch, it still has plenty of bite. A handful of the par-4’s are easily drivable, yet if you are even slightly offline you

Overall, Flinders is a fantastic, fun and challenging course. And the members and staff are all top-notch, friendly and welcoming.

Flinders Golf Club The lovely and picturesque Flinders Golf Club, is an 18-hole seaside beauty built along an amazing stretch of land overlooking Bass Strait.

More information: (03) 5989 0312, www. flindersgolfclub.com.au

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The generously wide couch fairways offer plenty of forgiveness off the tee, but strategic bunkering and design philosophies inspired by Melbourne’s sandbelt courses

ensures golfers are challenged when taking non-preferred lines from tee to green. It’s these principles that make Ranfurlie a true challenge, but also a fair risk and reward equation for all golfers. The firm bent grass greens always roll true and the excellent variety of short holes are often regarded as a highlight. Groups can take advantage of the spacious clubhouse areas capturing panoramic views of all 18 holes and the city skyline on the horizon, and catering packages are available at very affordable prices. Special group rates are available for 12 players or more. Ranfurlie Golf Course should be considered one of the premier venues of any social players’ schedule. More information: Ranfurlie Golf Course 825 Cranbourne Frankston Rd, Cranbourne 3977 (03) 9788 8288 ranfurlie@amstel.org.au www.amstel.org.au

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Rosebud Country Club

Rosebud Country Club With 36 holes of Championship golf, a light-filled clubhouse with Café and Bistro open from 7.00 a.m. daily and on-site 4 Star accommodation, Rosebud Country Club is the golfing jewel on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Its two 18-hole courses offer a contrasting experience – the North course is framed by large pine trees, while the South boasts wide fairways and large greens. Rosebud Country Club offers a complete practice range experience. Enjoy the 220m Driving Range along with chipping greens, putting greens, and practice bunker. Their facilities provide you the opportunity to work on all aspects of your game prior to taking to the golf course. Teaching professional Matt Bolton operates Bolton Performance Golf, catering for group lessons, individual lessons, and also a very successful junior program. Golfers staying on the Peninsula during the summer months should consider the option of a Lifestyle Membership, an innovative

points-style membership offering flexibility and member benefits. Located an easy one-hour drive from Melbourne, just 100m off the Mornington Peninsula Freeway with on-site accommodation, Rosebud Country Club is the perfect destination for the avid golfer or social group excursion. More information and group discount pricing visit: www.rosebudcountryclub.com.au, Clubhouse (03) 5950 0800, Golf Shop (03) 5950 0888.

Thirteenth Beach Golf Links Just 15 minutes from Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula, Thirteenth Beach Golf Links features two spectacular 18-hole golf courses, both rated in the Top 50 in Australia. And it is home to the Oates Victorian Open, a highly successful world-first tournament featuring both men and women which attracts huge galleries. Tournament professionals rate the Beach Course (designed by Tony Cashmore) and the

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surfaces in the best traditions of Melbourne’s famous Sandbelt courses so much admired by Faldo. In addition, there is plenty of picturesque water hazards on seven holes which demand thoughtful ball positioning. On a daily rotating basis, one course is always kept for the exclusive use of members while the other is open to green fee players with whom the courses are becoming increasingly popular far and wide – and they keep coming back. Equal access for males and females every day of the year is another key feature of 13th Beach. Thirteenth Beach is the only club between Melbourne and Adelaide with two courses. And it also has a first class driving range, dedicated chipping green and bunkers, two practice greens, practice nets and an expansive short game practice area. As well as great coffee in the expansive clubhouse! Former Melbourne AFL champion and SEN footy commentator David Schwarz says: “Membership at Thirteenth Beach is the best golfing investment I’ve ever made. It’s simply awesome. I can’t stop raving about the place!”

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Curlewis Golf Club And more than 1000 members agree with him! For more information: phone: (03) 5254 2922, email: info@13thbeach.net, or visit www.13thbeach.net

Curlewis Golf Club Seriously social, great golf and just plain fabulous. These words pretty much encapsulate the Curlewis Golf Club experience as golfers, foodies and fun people of all ages flock to play, learn, relax, enjoy or dine at the much-loved ‘emerald’ of The Bellarine. Located just one hour from Melbourne and 15 minutes from Geelong, an invigorated Curlewis continues to power ahead as the fastest-growing golf club in Australia. Since July 2015, more than 188 members have joined up. The Curlewis difference shines through on a number of levels. First up is the course itself. To play Curlewis is to fall in love with one of Australia’s most spectacular courses – think large contoured greens, naturally undulating fairways and a well-bunkered, links-style

layout watered year round. Cool Golf Boards, unique events (the club recently celebrated its 3rd annual Melbourne Cup Wine Skins Day where 72 bottles of premium wine were up for grabs!), great lunches and top bistro dining on Friday and Saturday nights are just some other reasons why Curlewis has become known as the must play – or just visit – destination of picturesque Bellarine Peninsula. The recently opened Spike Bar has been a welcome addition to the hip clubhouse facility. Boasting contemporary artwork and furniture, it is the perfect place to relax and chat as are the newly appointed al fresco areas where panoramic views across the course towards Corio Bay can be enjoyed in the sun. Junior Clinics have become a very popular and fun addition to School Holiday calendars. Held every school holidays, the next lot are scheduled for Christmas holidays – Wednesday, December 21 – Friday December 23 and Wednesday, January 11 – Friday, January 13. 9am – 12noon includes a light lunch, tuition, games and prizes $45pp) Club Manager, Brenden Caligari said

Black Bull Golf Course corporate events with a difference have also fast become a specialty at Curlewis. “We are really tailoring golf days with events and activities designed to suit the clientele with the main emphasis of course being on fun and team building,” he said. More information: 1345 Portarlington Road, Curlewis. Phone (02) 5251 1111 or visit www.curlewisgolf.com.au

Black Bull Golf Course The newest course on the Murray River is the Black Bull Golf Course. The Championship Thomson & Perrett layout has continued to receive fantastic reviews since the full 18 holes opened back in June 2015. The Black Bull Golf Course is home to “Charlie”, a crowd favourite with all social groups coming from near and far. Charlie is a life-sized black bull who loves to take a picture with the travelling golfer and has his own Instagram account (#charlieblackbull). Charlie takes pride of place in what is now becoming

more and more an iconic feature within part of the course itself – the “Bull Ring” a threehole stretch of holes just waiting to challenge any golfer. “Charlie is a much-loved addition to the fun experience that everyone has when playing at Black Bull and with social media these days it’s great to see people really enjoying themselves by sharing their pictures with him,” says Director of Golf James McCully. Yarrawonga has always been known as a great golfing destination for social groups and with the addition of Black Bull it has made the Yarrawonga area a truly great place to visit. So, pop in for a game at the stunning Black Bull Golf Course situated right in the heart of the wonderful Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort located on the magnificent edge of Lake Mulwala to Live, Stay & Play. And say ‘hi’ to Charlie! More information: Call the Black Bull Pro Shop on 03 5744 0044 , or visit www.blackbullgc.com.au, or www.silverwoodsyarrawonga.com.au

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If you quote “Inside Golf Social Offer” when you make a new midweek social group booking of 12 or more players, you will receive a dozen Callaway Supersoft golf balls that you can use as prizes. More information: 132 Victoria Road, Lilydale 3140, (03) 9739 7522 or visit www.gardinersrun.com.au.

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Gardiners Run

Gardiners Run Located just 35 minutes east of the Melbourne CBD, Gardiners Run Golf Course provides golfers with an aesthetically stimulating yet highly playable layout sure to impress players of all ages and abilities. On the doorstep to the Yarra Valley, Gardiners Run takes full advantage of the gentle sloping contours of the countryside terrain, to create a member-friendly course that features golfing holes of individuality and character. The front nine features an open and meandering course that takes full advantage of the area’s scenery and landscape, and the back-nine is a more undulating layout that

features a number of risk-reward opportunities, as well as a few blind tee shots to keep you on your toes. Warm up prior to your round with their stateof-the-art, world-class practice facilities or take a lesson from their PGA golf professional. Featuring a 90m wide mixed use (couch and synthetic) tee on their 250m long driving range, a short game pitching green and challenging yet sizeable putting green,the facilities will ensure that every golfer has an experience to savour. A central hub to all your needs, return after your round to enjoy refreshments or dining on the alfresco deck, overlooking the signature

18th hole green. Shower facilities are also available to all golfers. Is your company looking at having a corporate golf day? Let Gardiners Run organise your next big event! Social group bookings are welcomed Sunday-Friday – they offer a discounted green fee rate for groups of 12 players or more. Players with a GolfLink handicap may participate in the competition of the day. The team can organise some food options to satisfy your post round hungers while you sit and chat about your game. Give them a call to make your next social booking and have some fun at the Run!

Based out of public golf courses in Victoria, GSM Golf club offers official Golf Australia handicaps, insurance benefits and partner green fee rates at selected venues for a low annual fee. Established following the discontinuation of the Golf Access program, GSM Golf club provides golfers peace of mind through personal liability insurance plus the opportunity to enter competition events around Australia from just $129. And as GSM Golf club is based at the forefront of public golf, the membership is extremely popular with golfers taking the first steps towards competition golf and other forms of golf membership. Special green fee rates are available at most GSM courses including St Andrews Beach, Bay Views Golf Course and Kingston Links Golf Course, plus members get access to exclusive retail, coaching and green fee deals throughout the year. For those wanting to receive even greater value, GSM Gold also offers an upgraded membership category providing over $400 in added value including a 2017 Golf course Guide, $40 GSM Gift voucher, 5 x 1 free cart hire voucher (one for each GSM venue), half price golf lesson and one complimentary competition entry per month, all for just $189! More information: www.gsmgolf.com.au

UNLEASH your potential with TRACKMAN at Bayview Golf Club! • Sensational new facility just opened at Bayview GC delighting members and golfers across the Northern Beaches • The Performance Centre is available 7 days a week for Trackman lessons, Club Fitting, distance gapping sessions and virtual golf rounds - all run by PGA professionals Neil Rolfe and Jen Schulenburg • Members ½ hr for $25 Non Members ½ hr $50. Lessons with Trackman ½ hr $75 and 1hr $125 • Jenny also runs the highly successful ‘Swing into Golf’ beginners program for ladies (see website for details) • Twilight golf after 3pm is FREE for Kids playing with any paying adult $30 week days and $35 on weekends

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Bay Views Golf Course

Bay Views Golf Course Formerly known as Rosebud Public or Carrington Park Golf Course, Bay Views Golf course has undergone a major transformation to now realise the full potential of this spectacular venue! It’s easy to be mesmerised by the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait and the southern Mornington Peninsula, but the course layout and conditions complement the scenic vistas to provide an unforgettable golfing experience. Now under new management, course conditions are thriving with the rolling Santa Ana couch fairways and slick greens relishing the additional investment and are consistently presented in excellent condition all year round. New concrete path networks have been created, a larger fleet of motorised carts is available for hire, plus the renovated

clubhouse now offers a large alfresco deck to enjoy a cold beverage after your round. You can even enjoy a self-cooked barbeque on the deck. For those groups who love to BYO food and drinks, the existing picnic facility remains in place with complimentary electric barbeques, shelters and the ability to bring your own alcoholic beverages. This means groups can choose to enjoy the best of the both worlds. Providing great value for money, competitive green fees, flexible starting options and an enjoyable challenge for all golfers, the all new Bay Views Golf course is a must play course on every social golf calendar. More information: Phone: (03) 5981 2833, Email: golf@bayviewsgolf.com.au or visit www.bayviewsgolf.com.au

St Andrews Beach

St Andrews Beach The Mornington Peninsula is often regarded as Australia’s premier golf destination, and St Andrews Beach is widely considered the cream of the crop in the region. Welcoming public and group bookings 7 days a week, St Andrews Beach doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other venues, but provides an amazing composition of holes and consistently impeccable course conditions that leave an everlasting impression. And you can enjoy a refreshment before or after your round with the licensed Pro Shop providing light snacks and seating in the undercover alfresco deck. St Andrews Beach is popular with a wide range of groups, including interstate and local golfers, taking advantage of the naturally draining soil composition providing firm playing surfaces even in the depths of

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winter. It ensures golfers don’t have to trudge through the sloppy conditions presented at some local courses; even motorised carts aren’t a problem at any time of year. And with the Peninsula link motorway connecting the Mornington Peninsula with metropolitan Melbourne, it’s never been more accessible. Groups of 12 players or more and partner groups are able to get discounts on green fees and carts throughout the year. For more details on playing at one of Australia’s premier golf courses, contact St. Andrews Beach today. More information: Phone (03) 5988 6000, email: bookings@standrewsbeachgolf.com.au or visit www.standrewsbeachgolf.com.au

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Morack Public Golf Course and Driving Range

Morack Public Golf Course and Driving Range Tucked away in the suburban streets of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and just moments from Eastlink is Morack Public Golf Course and Driving Range – one of Melbourne’s most popular public courses. Set amongst a tranquil setting of native flora and fauna in Vermont South, Morack offers all the facilities social and competition golfers could ask for including 18 gently undulating and picturesque holes, an interesting course layout and a fine array of holes to provide a tempting challenge for golfers of all abilities. Morack also boasts a fleet of modern motorised carts and extensive path and drainage works have resulted in significant course improvements in recent years. Visiting groups are well catered for with a

complimentary electric barbeque for post golf catering and a relaxed atmosphere to relive highlights of their round and visiting players are welcome to enter regular Saturday competition events for those with an official handicap. Coupled with a highquality, full length driving range that features 20 indoor / outdoor bays and an extensive pro shop fully stocked with all the latest equipment, it’s easy to see why golfers have considered Morack a favourite destination to play or practice for nearly 40 years. Public are welcome 7 days a week with the driving range open until 8pm midweek and 7pm weekends and public holidays. More information: Corner Morack & East Rds, Vermont South, Phone: (03) 9801 4479, Email: morack@golfservicesmanagement. com.au or visit www.morackgolf.com.au

Kingston Links Golf Course

Kingston Links Golf Course Kingston Links Golf Course has long been regarded as one of metropolitan Melbourne’s finest public access courses and this is set to continue in the coming years! Located just 20 minutes from the heart of the city via the Monash Freeway and metres from Eastlink connecting players in the south eastern suburbs, Kingston Links offers a unique golfing experience with multiple water hazards coming in to play on the 6178 metre par-72 championship layout. The picturesque course features Santa Ana couch fairways with rolling mounds, undulating bent grass greens and an array of short and long holes set at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges all combining to provide an enjoyable round of golf.

A large fleet of motorised carts are available for hire and the large clubhouse features Pro Shop, Spike Bar, multiple function and meeting areas making it the perfect place for social groups. Weekend groups have the option for catered meals, snacks or barbeques. Group bookings for 2018 are now available. More information: 14 Corporate Ave Rowvile VIC 3178, Ph: (03) 9764 4222, email proshop@kingstonlinks.com.au or visit www.kingstonlinks.com.au

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Club Mandalay

Club Mandalay Club Mandalay is the latest golf course to be added to an already impressive portfolio of courses designed by 5 times British Open Champion Peter Thomson and his architect firm Thomson Perrett. The course is located in Melbourne’s north just off the Hume Highway in the new suburb of Beveridge in the heart of the Mandalay Estate. The golf course is little different to the traditional Thomson Perrett design, particularly the bunkering. Their traditional rolling fairways and elevated greens feature prominently. However, there is not a pot bunker to be seen, replaced by more ‘MacKenzie style’ bunkering with intimidating white sandy faces that glare at you as you strive to hit the perfect shot. The par-72 course measures 6,285m off the back tees and offers stunning views and a golfing experience which will be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. The par-3s are all

challenging but spectacular at Mandalay. Especially the 173m 11th, which features a large dam on the right and hitting to an undulating green which is surrounded by bunkers. It’s a hole that can’t be taken lightly. To complement the magnificent golf course is the brand-new state-of-the-art Clubhouse which features a restaurant, bar and café which is open to the public and is the perfect place to take in the superb views of the course whilst enjoying a beverage or a bite to eat after your round. Social Club Green Fees from $35 per person on weekends (12 or more players required to receive $35 per person rate on a weekend.) Motorised cart hire $40 per round and must be booked prior to round More information: 430 – 450 Mandalay Circuit, Beveridge Victoria 3753, phone Head Professional James Pratt on 03 9037 3700 or visit www.clubmandalay.com.au

Anglesea Golf Club

Anglesea Golf Club The Anglesea Golf Course, situated on the Great Ocean Road, is an undulating 6074m Par-73 layout set in natural bushland. A feature of the course is the number of elevated greens that require plenty of thought when selecting your club. Adding to the mix are 42 “sandbelt style” bunkers sprinkled throughout the course, eucalypt tree-lined fairways, and the ever-present resident population of around 300 Eastern Grey Kangaroos. These features all combine to produce a stimulating round of golf. The Club has just opened a 6-bay driving range with hire balls. One Bucket, 40 Balls, $7.00 and two Buckets for $12.00. The Clubhouse bar and bistro are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Memberships are available for 7-Day, Junior and the 18-25yo categories, and social golfers/green-fee players are welcome every day. Green fees range from $30 (9 holes) to $50 (18 holes). Junior rates are $15/$25. Club,

pull buggy & motorised cart hire available. 18-Hole Mini Golf opening Christmas 2016. More information: Phone: (03) 5263 1582, Golf Bookings: (03) 5263 1951, email: info@angleseagolfclub.com.au or visit www.angleseagolfclub.com.au

Lonsdale Golf Club The Lonsdale Golf Club is situated in the beautiful seaside town of Point Lonsdale. The 18-hole sand belt course is challenging yet suitable for all skill levels. With sand underfoot you’ll never get mud on your shoes at Lonsdale, and no matter what the weather has in store on your next visit, the course is playable all year round. The course is currently undergoing some redevelopment works which means there are temporary greens and holes on the 16th, 17th and 18th but green fees have been reduced by 25% to compensate for any disruptions. Play 18 holes for just $30, every

at Club Mandalay Book your next social club or group golf event at Club Mandalay. The spectacular golf course has been designed by five-time British Open Champion Peter Thomson and the team at Thomson Perrett and is perfectly located just 40 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and 20 minutes from Melbourne Airport. For more information on our special group golf and catering packages, reservations and tee times contact the club on 03 9037 3700 or visit clubmandalay.com.au Club Mandalay, 430-450 Mandalay Circuit, Beveridge, VIC 3753 T 03 9037 3700 E info@clubmandalay.com.au clubmandalay.com.au *Rating by AusGolf Top 100 Courses. Full terms and conditions available at clubmandalay.com.au

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Lonsdale Golf Club day of the week. Or swing by and play a quick 9 for only $19. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Clubhouse and Links Bistro 7 days a week. Meals are available most days with extended trading over the summer period. Enjoy Sunday brunch in the Bellarine’s best kept secret garden, or unwind after golf with local bands playing Sunday afternoons. A trip to the town isn’t complete without visiting the historic lighthouse and watching the ships come through the heads from the Pt Lonsdale Pier. Lonsdale Golf Club is open for golf 7 days and open for bistro meals and snacks 5 days a week. Visit the website for full trading hours and extended summer hours. Green fees: $30 for 18 holes, $19 for 9 holes, $19 for Twilight Golf, Juniors $19 for 18 holes. More information: 69 Fellows Rd Point Lonsdale VIC 3225. Phone (03) 5258 1955, visit www.lonsdalegc.com.au, or email admin@lonsdalegc.com.au

Warrnambool Golf Club Warrnambool is a classically-designed course laid out between and over a massive tertiary dune system. The course offers a unique combination of exposed holes with elevated tees together with those carved into natural ti-tree-lined dunes. Located within 2km of the regional city’s CBD, it makes for an ideal destination for the dedicated golf tourist, social golfing groups or family holiday makers. The influence of the ever-present wind cannot be understated and really adds to the challenge of a layout that offers variety from one round to the next. It is perhaps this aspect which shaped the game of Warrnambool’s most famous golfing export, Marc Leishman, to the level of success he now enjoys. The course has received a good deal of attention over recent years and the installation of an integrated irrigation system,

Warrnambool Golf Club supplied with recycled water, has allowed the staff to present the course in immaculate condition. In addition, the club has launched a unique moniker for a trio of their most challenging holes—starting from the short par-4 4th and ending on the slightly uphill dogleg 6th. Borrowing from the location’s proximity to Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast—up to18 ships have found their resting place within 2km of the club—Warrnambool Golf Club has named this menacing trio of holes as “Shipwreck Bend”, with the warning that these holes can easily “wreck” a good round by players of any level. Standing on the tee of the imposing 4th hole (complete with a ship’s anchor guarding the tee box), one must be sure to avoid the large waste bunker on the right side, lest you be faced with either a lost ball, or a very difficult approach shot. Similar hazards are apparent on both the 5th and 6th holes, as finding the fairways is paramount to success on these holes.

There are many holes along the course which offer risk/reward options, stunning views and challenging golf. In fact, the quality of golf on this course goes beyond the typical “country course” feel, and the course would not feel out of place among many of Melbourne’s great golfing areas, notably the Mornington Peninsula. So if you’ve never played at Warrnambool, we recommend you be sure to add it to your list. A well-stocked Pro Shop enables club professional Craig Bonney and his friendly staff to cater for all your equipment and apparel needs. More information: Phone the Pro shop on (03) 5562 8528; Club House (03) 5562 2108, email golf@wgcinc.com.au or visit www.wgcinc.com.au

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Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Nestled alongside the picturesque Murray River, two hours from Echuca, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort ticks all the boxes for modern, comfortable golf resort destinations.

Murray Downs Golf and Country Club

NEW SOUTH WALES Murray Downs Golf and Country Club Murray Downs Golf and Country Club is golf at its absolute best. Widely acclaimed by golfers as the Murray River’s finest course, Murray Downs is also ranked the region’s Number 1 by leading golf and travel publications. In Victoria, it has won the Victorian PGA Course of the Year. Nationally it’s in the Top 50 courses in Australia and it’s consistently voted one of the country’s finest resort courses. It also happens to be a favourite of the Inside Golf team. The 6197m course is in striking contrast to the spectacular surrounding Mallee plains. It’s both beautiful and challenging, with a dramatic backdrop of river gums, artfully formed lakes and some very tricky signature holes, notably the par-3 5th, featuring a

daunting carry over a lake, which follows the hole all the way to the green where bunkers guard the left side of the narrow target. The couch fairways are superbly tended and groomed, while the bent greens are generally large, undulating and very fast with thoughtful tee positions and pin placements. The layout is easy-walking, but small hills, bumps and rolls break the landscape. Tee times are available seven days a week, with services including golf carts, pro shop, equipment hire and a beverage cart for that welcome break. Following your round, the Balcony Lounge features panoramic views of the course. The Café is your spot for a quick energy top-up any time of the day, while Fairways Bistro is food central at Murray Downs – there’s a magnificent country style daily lunch, and a very extensive daily dinner menu.

Murray Downs’ on-course hotel offers 50 individually air-conditioned and wellappointed family rooms and 2-bedroom units. If you love the independence and space of self-contained apartments, Murray Downs has the perfect answer with its newly renovated deluxe and super deluxe apartments, featuring fully-equipped kitchenettes. A continental or country style cooked breakfast can be delivered to all rooms each morning. The resort also offers a huge heated tropical pool, running track, spa, three floodlit bowls rinks, plus superbly maintained grass court tennis for non-golfers. The kids are also catered for, with a toddlers’ swimming pool, supervised Junior Lounge and Adventure Playground (3 to 7 years), while the teen lounge gives older kids a place to play pool, Wii, Xbox, Playstation2 and more. More information: (03) 5033 1422, www.murraydownsgolf.com.au

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The largest public access golf resort in the country, the resort features 45 holes– two 18-hole courses, the Lake and the Murray, and a short nine-hole Executive course—all set amongst beautiful natural landscape overlooking the Murray River and Lake Mulwala. While the Murray course is one of the better known layouts at the facility, all three courses offer something special to the keen golfer, and like other courses/ resorts in the area, the entire facility features a welcoming and warm atmosphere. Inside Golf have played a number of rounds here, and we have never been disappointed. Before your round, take advantage of the state-of-the-art practice facilities with driving range, hitting nets, putting greens and chipping area with bunker. There is also a pro shop open from dawn to dusk with competitively priced products and services. Choose from nine different styles of accommodation overlooking the golf course or native bushland with something to suit all budgets and needs, from basic cabins to luxurious apartments and villas, each with cooking facilities, private bathrooms and a car parking space. All accommodation is self-contained, family-friendly and is only a short stroll from the clubhouse and pro shop. Long or short stay guests can explore the spectacular surrounds, tempt their tastebuds

Offering five levels of Membership, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club has a Membership to suit every lifestyle. With two championship golf courses and two exceptional clubhouses, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club offers a unique selection of Membership options, with or without golf, including: -

Equity Membership Golf Access Membership Social Access Membership Corporate Access Membership Country Club Membership

Selected Memberships also include access to The Country Club with a range of first-class gym equipment, fitness classes and expert instructors, plus access to the 25m heated outdoor pool and five floodlit tennis courts. Conditions apply for each Membership category.

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Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort with quality dining, workout in the gym, have a hit of tennis, take a dip in the solar-heated pool or simply relax in a brand-new plush 60-seat movie theatre showing the latest releases. More information: (03) 5744 1911 or visit our website www.yarragolf.com.au

Rich River Golf Club Rich River Golf Club is a mainstay for the Inside Golf team whenever we travel the Murray. The facility features two very impressive 18-hole championship courses, the East and the West. They’ve been developed over the years to become one of regional Australia’s premier golfing venues, where golfers love the rolling fairways, carefully tended greens and towering eucalyptus. The West Course has traditional tree-lined fairways with tricky, small greens that take the serious player on a thought-provoking and

challenging 6,183m journey. The East Course, which had a major transformation after a redesign by Peter Thomson in 1998, features large greens, wide fairways and those famous Thomson bunkers which really keep you thinking about your strokes. Course length is 6,131m. Tee times are available seven days a week, with services including golf carts, pro shop, equipment hire and a beverage cart for a quick refresher. The 12th on the West is one of the most difficult holes on the course.  A strong doglegright, it’s critical to hit the fairway in just the right spot (hint: Fairway metal or iron off the tee is often a good bet). Your second shot requires a good solid strike over Howards Lake to reach the green, which is gently sloped from front to back.  A par on this hole is always a good score.  The 18th on the East course is a monster at 532m.  Be sure to avoid the fairway bunker

Rich River Golf Club on the left from the tee, as well as the fairway bunkers on your second shot (80 meters short of the green). With water down the left of the fairway, and a green surrounded by bunkers, it’s a very challenging hole.

The deluxe accommodation has been attractively refurbished, with privacy and seclusion ensuring your own space to relax after golf. There’s a great choice of rooms too, for couples, families and small groups.

James Maiden Bistro is locally famous for the magnificent views of the golf course, and for the mouth-watering choices on the lunch and dinner menu. Premium Australian and New Zealand wines and local and imported beer feature too.

40 spacious and airy standard suites have a king split bed in the bedroom and single bed in the lounge room. The 22 deluxe rooms are rated 4-star, and feature a queen bed. If you’re travelling with a small group, a large and fully self-contained apartment can accommodate up to 7 people with 3 bedrooms, a welcoming lounge/dining area, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets.

You can also drop into the bistro for a continental or cooked breakfast, or for a quick snack from midday. Then there’s the Coffee Shop, where you can settle down on the terrace with an expertly brewed espresso coffee and a sweet treat that’s been freshly prepared by the in-house pastry chef. There’s also the Sports Bar and the busy Spike Bar where you can also refuel with hot or cold snacks including healthy sandwiches and fruit salads.

There are so many leisure options here: two outdoor pools, a spa, gym equipment, three bowling greens, three croquet courses and nine tennis courts. More information: (03) 5481 3333, www.richriver.com.au, golfpackages@ richriver.com.au

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Enjoy Noosa’s only Championship Golf Course set in a nature reserve and get a massive 50% off the regular green fee price for the entire month of Feburary. Go to noosagolf.com.au to see all our latest offers or call us on 07 5447 1407 for more details. We are located at 46 Cooroy Noosa Rd,Tewantin, Queensland.

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Pacific Dunes Port Stephens

Pacific Dunes Port Stephens

Dodt, PGA and European Tour Professional and winner of 2015 True Thailand Classic says “When at home in Australia, Pacific Dunes is my golf course of choice. It is definitely one of my favourite courses to play, having played all over the world.” More information: Huntingdale Place, Medowie NSW 2318, Phone (Include Area Code): (02) 4916 0500, or visit www.pacificdunes.com.au

Pacific Dunes Port Stephens is a golf destination that all golfer’s need to experience firsthand. Ranked #54 among Australia’s Top 100, the recently completed Country Club and the brand-new Greenhouse Bar and Eatery tick all the boxes for golfer’s needs. Pacific Dunes has a dedicated Group Golf Co-ordinator who will take care of all your group’s needs on your next visit, ensuring your time at Pacific Dunes will be spent enjoying the wonderful facilities the club has to offer. Pacific Dunes is known by the locals as the best conditioned course in the Newcastle, Hunter and Port Stephens area with its Pure Bent greens and Santa-Ana Couch fairways providing conditions that PGA Tour Professionals dream about playing on Andrew

Liverpool Golf Club Despite the often challenging nature of their course, it’s still Liverpool Golf Club’s passion to provide golfers of all skill levels with a memorable and enjoyable experience at the course known as ‘the golfer’s golf course’.

“Play the course that shaped Marc Leishman’s game”

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Liverpool Golf Club A picturesque 18-hole par-72 Championship golf course, Liverpool is located in Hollywood Drive, Lansvale New South Wales. The course is unique in that it‘s been designed and built on the peninsula formed by the Georges River and Prospect Creek, set on the banks of the Chipping Norton Lake. Quiet and secluded, you’ll enjoy the tranquil setting, so much so that you’ll find it hard to believe that you’re actually in the middle of Sydney. The course makes for an excellent test of skills both for the professional and amateur golfer. With a length of over 6300 meters, water comes into play on 14 holes, so shot selection is important and you’ll be rewarded for strategic shot placement along with many risk and reward opportunities. Liverpool has also hosted many prestigious events, including the Australian PGA, the

NSW Open in 2006 and 2007 and has been a qualifying venue for the Australian Open for the past 10 years. Non members of the club can access discounted rates for social golf other purchases by becoming a Social Golf Affiliate. It costs just $6 per annum or $10 for two years and opens the door to great pricing deals and other special only available to Social Golf Affiliates. There is no joining process and you can sign-up on the day. More information: For bookings call the pro Shop on (02) 9727 2422 or email brent@ liverpoolgolf.com.au. Address: Hollywood Drive, Lansvale NSW 2166, Phone (02) 9728 7777, visit www.liverpoolgolf.com.au.


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Moss Vale GC (Dormie House)

Moss Vale GC (Dormie House) Moss Vale golf course is regarded as one of the prettiest and challenging courses in country NSW, and while you’re only 90 minutes’ drive from the Sydney CBD, you’ll feel like you’re a world away in the relaxed and peaceful Southern Highlands. The golf club was founded in 1902 and designed in its current location and layout by Carnegie Clark. The 18-Hole Championship Golf Course is a par-71, 5805m (Men’s tees), and Par -73, 5300m (Women’s tees). A number of twists and turns, creek crossings and deceptive greens make the course a true test. The creek which runs through the course has to be crossed 12 times during the round. From the clubhouse, the Moss Vale layout appears hilly, but after the opening five holes, it levels out and heads into the quiet countryside.

Moss Vale GC has revamped its full-length driving range which is open to members and guests for lessons or a quick practice before tackling the course. Inside the Clubhouse you’ll find the newly completed Shotz Indoor Golf and Sports Bar with three simulators where guests can play any one of 100 different courses until 10pm. Social groups and golfers are always welcome at Moss Vale GC. Aside from the excellent range of play and stay packages, Social golfers can play 18 holes for $35 ($30 for Dormie House guests) and $21 for 9 holes ($18 for Dormie guests). The perfect place for a weekend away with friends, Dormie House provides a comfortable and welcoming environment. Established in the early 1930s, Dormie House retains its period charm while providing all the

Windsor Country Golf Club amenities of a quality golf resort. The intimate atmosphere and personal service make Dormie House the perfect retreat for couples and groups. More information: www.mossvalegolfclub.com.au, or email proshop@mossvalegolfclub.com.au. For Play & Stay packages on offer, call Dormie House direct on (02) 4868 1800, www.dormiehouse.com.au

Windsor Country Golf Club Playing golf at the 5887m Par-71 championship-quality Windsor CGC, in Sydney’s north west just a 50 minute drive from the CBD, has never been more attractive. The progressive and passionate management team led by GM Rob McLean

and with PGA Head Professional Wayne Kesby, making it easy for current, new and returning players to get onto the course and enjoy more golf, is what it’s all about. Windsor CGC have just introduced a $99 Lifestyle membership category for 18-49 year olds, which appears to be exactly what is needed to attract this age group of predominantly time poor players. At Windsor CGC there are now 9 different categories of membership addressing the needs of the modern golfer. In addition to the membership offering, McLean and his team work hard to pre-empt the needs of the Social player and at some time every day of the week there is a special top value all-inclusive deal for play. Some of the best on offer right now are: Monday - after 11am, two players, shared cart $45;

Social GolferS are Welcome at liverpool Gc! tee timeS are available; All day Tuesdays & Fridays After 1pm Mondays & Thursdays Before 8am and after 10am on Wednesdays After 3pm Saturday & Sunday (Call to check availability - sometimes available 12-1pm) * Social Affiliate - Join LGC to gain access to social affiliate discounts - $6 per annum or $10 for 2 years

Social play rateS; Monday- Friday:

9 holes $32*/$36 18 holes $43*/ $48 2 player with cart package - 18 holes $64* / $136 4 player with cart package - 18 holes $120* / $272 Saturday-Sunday:

9 holes $33* / $38 18 holes $48* / $58 2 player with cart package - 18 holes $100* / $156

Liverpool Golf Club - Championship Course, Par 72/72 Slope 139, Host to the NSW Open (2005/2006) Liverpool Golf Club - Hollywood Drive, Lansvale NSW 2166 ~ Just 35 minutes from the CBD Phone (02) 9728 7777 | www.liverpoolgolf.com.au

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Bankstown Golf Club

Howlong Golf Resort Tradies Special - Weekdays after 2pm, 9 holes with cart, one player $30 Extra player $15; Twilight golf (M-F during daylight saving) 9-hole open competition, $15 green fee + $5 comp fee. Kids 8-14 free green fee with any paying adult; Mon-Friday 2 x 18 holes, shared cart $59, 4 x 18 holes, shared cart $99; Sat after 1pm and Sunday after 11.30am 2 x 18 holes, shared cart $89. There is something for everyone at Windsor CGC, especially a great golf course and welcoming clubhouse. More information: McQuade Ave, South Windsor, Phone (02) 4577 4390, Proshop (02)4577 3718, www.windsorgolfclub.com.au or email admin@windsorgolfclub.com.au

Howlong Golf Resort The Howlong Golf Resort epitomises the Great Aussie Getaway; on the doorstep of the Murray River and surrounded by the Rutherglen Wine Region. Central to Albury Wodonga, and a short drive from Yarrawonga, Howlong has so much to offer. The Howlong Golf Resort has 25 onsite studio rooms and four luxury two-bedroom apartments. When you’re not playing golf on the immaculate and stunning Howlong 18-hole golf course you can drive around the wineries, tasting the different vintages. With so many amazing wineries you really need to make a day out of it!

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Having the Mighty Murray River on the doorstep, you can also take advantage of their Kayak and Paddle Boat Hire. All of your dining needs are also covered with the Bridges Restaurant & Cafe. They can also arrange a Private Group Dinner or BBQ on their beautiful Outdoor Deck overlooking the picturesque Golf Course. If caravanning around is more your style, there are two caravan parks and free camping in town. Or why not take advantage of the courtesy bus and enjoy some local wine and a cheese platter on the outdoor alfresco area? If your passion is golf the Howlong Golf Resort has a golf competition every day. Why not ask their friendly staff about their famous $99 full golf membership? If you are eligible

Bankstown Golf Club is a social golf Oasis in South West Sydney; not only is it an immaculate top-quality Group One-rated layout, but it is also a welcoming top-value haven for all standards of public players. Conveniently located only 30 minutes from both the Sydney and Parramatta CBDs and situated right next to the M5 motorway, Bankstown Golf Club is a central meeting place. Expertly cared for by greens staff nominated for several Industry awards, this manicured course offers both a challenge for low handicappers, yet still provides options for an enjoyable experience for even novice golfers. Ranging from breezy holes, to manicured fairways that drift through native bush land, this par-71, 6068 metre championship course has only relinquished a record score of 69. Bankstown is an ideal outing for all levels of public access course players and their golfing options are many and varied. Bankstown Golf Club understands that many golfers these days are time poor. The pressures of daily life, family and work commitments result in limited time available to enjoy an expensive golf membership. With several promotions for social golfers, there has never been a better time to book a round of golf at Bankstown. Escape the office on Thursday and pay only $50 for two players with a cart after 12:30pm or enjoy Twilight Golf, when you can play

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CITY GOLF CLUB & CITY GOLF CLUB MOTEL TOOWOOMBA

18 Hole sandbelt course on the Bellarine Peninsula

Packages starting from $125pp twin share

• $30 Green Fees for 18 holes • Memberships from $12 p/w • Visitors can book online • Clubhouse & Bar open 6 days • Non-members & social golf welcome

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Bankstown Golf Club unlimited golf after 2pm for only $29 per player. Bankstown set the benchmark for social golf by introducing a social golf membership for only $99 per year. The unique Group One Club offers golfers half-price social green fees each time you play ($29 per round instead of the usual $60); allowing you to decide how often and how much you pay each year. Bankstown’s Group One Club members also receive a Group One Pack containing a $50 driving range voucher, a Group One Cap, golf balls and various offers from the Clubhouse and Proshop. Accessible seven days a week, Bankstown

Golf Club offers an open competition every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. Social golfers can also enjoy a round of golf, with Sunday Social Clubs booking well in advance for the opportunity to play at this pristine course. The club has flexible full membership options starting from only $1750 - all with no entrance fees, no waiting lists with payment plans available. More information: 70 Ashford Ave, Milperra, NSW, call (02) 9773 0628 or visit www.bankstowngolf.com.au

Bayview

Bayview Bayview is a Private club nestled on the Northern Beaches, only a stone’s throw away from beautiful Pittwater. It’s a challenging course whilst still being enjoyable for all levels of golfers. The club provides great value for money, competitive green fees and 36 GPS fitted carts available for hire. Flexible tee times for social golf are available 7 days a week and special discounts are available for large groups. Bayview has an amazing new TRACKMAN facility available to anyone who wants to

play virtual golf, have a lesson or a practice session – call and book in and try it out. Bayview now has four new greens in play to add to its varied layout. With a modern club house, ample undercover parking and covered balconies overlooking the course there is no better place to relax after your game. Or why not book the BBQ area and let their functions team assist you? Twilight golf after 3pm allows kids to play for free with a paying adult. They have a great junior program, holiday golf camps and ladies “Swing into golf” program run by Jenny Schulenburg (PGA).

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relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Each of the 18 holes has stunning features, combining clear creeks, native plant species, wildlife and magnificent scenery with the Illawarra escarpment as a backdrop. The course is always immaculately presented with well contoured fairways and true greens. The completion of some wonderful upgrades on the course is sure to make your next round more appealing and challenging. With no competition days, the course is available to social groups and players 7 days a week. Terrific Tuesdays – green fees only $16 all day. Why Walk Wednesdays only $28pp for 18 holes with a shared cart. Senior and UNI/ TAFE discounts on weekdays. Twilight golf is available from 2pm every day. 25 carts available. Visiting golfers and social clubs are very welcome at Calderwood and you will be treated like the valued patron you are. More information: 532 Calderwood Road, Albion Park NSW 2527, Phone (02) 4256 3055, email admin@calderwoodgolf.com.au, or visit www.calderwoodgolf.com.au

Lynwood Country Club Calderwood Valley Golf Course Social play, adults and junior golfing memberships are now available for all levels. If you are under 36 you will continue to get a discount on your membership fees. Corporate and social golf days welcome. Rates: Golf Twilight: $30 midweek and $35 weekends (kids play free). 18 holes

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midweek $ 45; 18 holes weekend, $ 59; Carts $49. More information: 1825 Pittwater Rd Mona Vale NSW 2103, Phone 02 99993786, Pro Shop 02 9999 3078, email proshop@ bayviewgolfclub.com.au or visit www.bayviewgolfclub.com.au

Calderwood Valley Golf Course It’s little surprise that Calderwood Valley is so popular with all levels of golfers. Nestled in the picturesque valley only 50 minutes’ drive from southern Sydney and 20 minutes south of Wollongong, the high-quality course offers a

Lynwood Country Club has invested in their practice facilities this year with the construction of all-weather hitting bays adjacent to their two-tiered couch grass tees and flood-lighting to allow members and guests to hit well into the night. Situated 50km north-west of Sydney, the Hawkesbury-located course is set on 230 undulating acres, with the range utilising a full 300m distance and approximately 10,000 square metres of teeing area. Accompanied by the short game area within walking distance


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Lynwood Country Club of the driving range and the putting green located next to the Pro Shop, Lynwood offers the best practice facility in New South Wales. Head Golf Professional, Jeremy Ward, is excited by the developments and what it means for the team of coaching professionals at the Lynwood Academy. “Our clinics and one-on-one lessons can now operate in any weather condition and the hitting bays are only a short distance from the Academy where we can analyse their swing.”

The 16 new hitting bays will allow golfers to practice rain, hail or shine and for the first time — after the sun sets behind the Blue Mountains. “Switching the flood lights on at night allows us to cater for golfers who can only make it here after work,” Ward stated. “The short days of winter are no longer an obstacle from getting here and improving your game.” David O’Neil, Group Chief Executive Officer of the Castle Hill RSL Group commented, “the investment on the golf course and driving

range to stabilise the operations was essential in catering for the needs of our golfing members and the surrounding community. The driving range upgrade complements the incredible existing couch hitting fairways and Lynwood is becoming a destination for locals and tourists alike.” The long-term development strategy shows commitment to improving the amenities and facilities, with golfers able to enjoy the renovated clubhouse; with new restaurant,

café, sports bar, Fox Sports and function room. Lynwood Country Club is a great location to practice, play and celebrate. Open 7 days a week from 6am to 9.30pm, Lynwood’s Driving Range caters for members as well as the general public. More information: 4 Pitt Town Bottoms Road, Pitt Town NSW 2756. Phone (02) 4580 8555, Email: proshop@lynwoodcc.com.au or visit www.lynwoodcc.com.au

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Springwood Country Club

Springwood Country Club Located in the beautiful Blue Mountains and just one hour drive west of Sydney and only 15 minutes from Penrith, Springwood Country Club is the ideal course to start your golfing tour in the Blue Mountains, or, make it your last stop on the way back to the hustle and bustle of the city. There couldn’t be a better way to start or finish your golfing tour. At 371 metres above sea level, you can take advantage of the temperate climate of the

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region and escape the heat of the Sydney basin, whilst enjoying 360 degree views of nature at its very best. With a fleet of new golf carts, playing the wonderfully maintained course couldn’t be easier or more relaxing. The par-69, 18-hole course has been established on its present site for over 100 years and warmly welcomes you as a visitor to enjoy their fantastic course. After your round, relax on the Clubhouse balcony and enjoy the views over the course and the backdrop of the Sydney skyline.

The facilities at the Club include a recently refurbished Pro Shop for all your golfing needs, while the fully licensed Clubhouse has a Bistro and a fantastic kids’ play area where you can keep an eye on them whilst enjoying a cold drink on the balcony, all the time enjoying the views. Make the most of the great practice driving range and putting green before the round to be at your best, or book a lesson with their friendly Golf Professional, Eugene Finn. For the more energetic, they have two

Squash Courts that are available to help burn off the calories from lunch, which is available from the Bistro. Corporate and social golf day enquiries are also always welcome. More information: 70-84 Hawkesbury Road, Springwood NSW 2777, Pro Shop (02) 4751 2484, Clubhouse: (02) 4751 1122, www.springwoodgolfclub.com.au, springwoodgolfshop1@gmail.com or info@springwoodgolfclub.com.au


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Joondalup Resort

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Joondalup Resort An oasis of luxury, Joondalup Resort is located in the heart of the suburbs just 20 minutes north of Perth CBD and three minutes from the beach, yet is totally immersed in its bushland setting. Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in one of their bigger, better, newer and recently

renovated accommodation rooms while you indulge with a full body massage. Treat yourself to an array of exquisite food, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere at the award-winning restaurant with tranquil views overlooking the golf course and lagoon style pool. Spend your day exploring the natural wonders of the Sunset Coast, shopping at WA’s largest shopping centre and cinema complex or enjoy a round of golf on Joondalup Resort’s award winning championship golf course.

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Few courses anywhere in the world offer the dramatic contrasts, the scenic beauty and the sheer golfing challenge of Joondalup Resort’s 27-hole championship course. Designed by the internationally renowned Robert Trent Jones Jr., the spectacular golf course sweeps across dense bushland, cuts through steep limestone quarries and skirts picturesque lakes, to present surprises and challenges at almost every turn. Enhance your Joondalup Resort experience by becoming a Joondalup Resort Social Club

member. The Social Membership gives you great value and the opportunity to take full advantage of the facilities with discounts offered throughout the resort. Only $49 per year and limited memberships available so get in quick! More information: Country Club Blvd, Connolly Perth WA , Phone: 08 9400 8888, www.joondalupresort.com.au or email clubsec@joondalupresort.com.au

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This 54 hole Individual Stableford Tournament continues to grow and is limited to 180 players to ensure comfortable play for everyone. It is open to anyone with a Golf Australia handicap. Duntryleague is one of the best regional golf courses in Australia and is constantly in the top 100 courses each year. Entry fees for the Tournament are excellent value at $299 which includes golf, welcome cocktail party, Monday BBQ and Gala presentation dinner. Magnificent local wines, beer and soft drinks are included for the welcome cocktail party and Gala dinner.

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The F.O.O.D. Week Plate provides an ideal opportunity for all male and female golfers with an official handicap to play at one of Orange’s great golf courses. It is a fantastic time to come and visit Australia’s Colour City and leading cool climate wine region, during Orange F.O.O.D. Week 2017. The 54 hole indiviual stableford tournament is limited to 180 players. Entry fees are great value at $160 per person which includes all green fees and competition fees, $5,000 worth of prizes, 3 course presentation dinner extravaganza with champagne on arrival. Accommodation is also available at Duntryleague’s Historic Mansion. • Monday 3 April – All day individual stableford • Tuesday 4 April – All day individual stableford • Wednesday 5 April – All day individual stableford and Presentation dinner

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SOCIAL GROUP TOURS Great Golf Getaways Great Golf Getaways provides customised golf trips for social clubs and group tours of all sizes. Their golf packages are available to all the premier golf destinations around Australia and overseas. Great Golf Getaways provide a full range of golf travel services which includes; planning tour packages and itineraries, arranging accommodation and golf bookings, coordinating flights and transport via coach, minibus or car rental etc., to suit each group’s individual requirements.

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They are a recognised golf tour supplier with all major golf travel partners including golf clubs, accommodation and transport providers. Their high standard of service and attention to detail ensures clients always enjoy a memorable trip and hassle-free experience while on tour. Many of Great Golf Getaways’ social clubs are valued repeat clients who arrange their annual golf trips with GGG and some also celebrating special milestones for their clubs. “The Wallopers” from Melbourne (pictured) recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary

Tour with 30 members to the Gold Coast on a Great Golf Getaways 3-night/4-round tour package playing Royal Pines, Burleigh, The Glades and Lakelands. Another social club, “Pa’s Players” from Sydney also enjoyed a trip to the Gold Coast this year celebrating their 10th Anniversary on a Great Golf Getaways 5-night/3-round package. The following testimonial from the group’s organizer, highlights another successful tour: “Everyone was VERY impressed with Aria Apartments. Courses were in great condition. A big hit was the transfers from Aria to and

from golf each of the playing days. Always on time, they knew their way around and were very friendly and social. This was such a stress relief for the boys when compared to prior trips as there was no need for reliance on anyone of us to drive.” Contact Great Golf Getaways to assist you in planning your next social club trip and ask about their special group rates! More information: National Travel Desk: 1300 124 220, info@greatgolfgetaways.com.au, www.greatgolfgetaways.com.au

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U Choose Golf Holiday

U Choose Golf Holiday If you need a full-service golf travel specialist to take care of everything for you, then look no further than U Choose Golf Holiday. Owner-operators Sharon and Gary provide golfers with a professional and well-organised golf trip – every detail carefully taken care of and nothing to do but turn up and have a great time. They take pride in offering good value and personalised service.

Sharon, who looks after your trip from start to finish, will tailor a package, provide choices of accommodation, courses and optional extras all designed to suit your requirements and budgets. “It’s definite value for money with no hidden surprises,” she said. U Choose Golf Holiday has been growing strong each year experiencing 80 per cent of loyal repeat customers, which speaks volumes about their quality service and attention to detail.

U Choose Golf Holiday offers golfers the chance to experience the best destinations that Australia has to offer, like the Mornington Peninsula, Sydney/ NSW, Gold Coast, West Australia, Sunshine Coast, Nth Qld, Adelaide, New Zealand and the Murray River destinations. More information: 0418 713 620, sharon@uchoosegolf.com.au, www.uchoosegolf.com.au

Golf tours and holidays with Above Par golf tours are truly an ‘Above Par experience.’ As one of Australia’s leading golf tour operators, Above Par will take the stress out of organising your next holiday. Privileged access to the finest public and private golf courses on Australia’s Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast ensure that they can satisfy the most discerning of golfers, and with 300+ days of sunshine each year the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast offer the best yearround golfing destinations in Australia. Hope Island, The Glades, Lakelands, Brookwater, Hyatt Coolum, Noosa Springs, Twin Waters, Sanctuary Cove (Pines and Palms) and Club Pelican Golf clubs all feature in the top 60 public access courses in Australia, and are available to you along with many other highly rated golf courses. Above Par Golf Tours’ buying power at the courses and accommodation venues allow them to pass on significant discounts to all golfers, ensuring you save money as well as having an unforgettable golf experience. The Above Par Golf Tours team has many years’ experience in organising golf, accommodation and transport requirements for thousands of happy golfers. They offer fast, efficient and great value solutions for your next golfing holiday. A recent addition to the company’s services are fully-packaged tours to Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on the South Island, Queenstown is one of the most naturally stunning places in the world and now boasts a selection of resort and club golf courses that are the envy of the country. Add in jet boating, bungee jumping, canyoning and a host of other outdoor activities and a holiday of a lifetime awaits. Above Par Golf Tours will organise all your accommodation, golf and transport needs while in New Zealand. More information: Phone: 1300 798 552, visit www.abovepargolf.com.au or email: enquiries@abovepargolf.com.au

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Understanding the role of your lower half in the downswing Glenn Whittle

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 number of clients have recently been asking me how they can get the club “on the inside” in the downswing. The old term for this was THE SLOT.

In the first round, Jason Butt from Wyong Golf Club was leading the tournament with a 1-under 71. He was unfortunately quickly overtaken in the next round by PGA of Great Britain and Ireland representative Mathew Webb. Aussie Trainees remained nonetheless impressive; with Geraldton Golf Club’s third-year Trainee Andrew Crabb acing a par-3 17th on the third round.

I see a lot of golfers who are so focussed on swinging from in to out through impact in an effort to stop slicing the ball, but it’s very important to point out that most are going about it the wrong way, the most common mistakes are: 1) Allowing your spine to straighten (standing up) to help the club shaft flatten and 

Have a close look at the two images here. On the left, this client is in an athletic position ready to make a dynamic swing. On the right, he has shifted his lower half to his left (right from where we are looking from) and he has maintained his spine angle during this transition. You can see that I have used a Pathguide (a golf training aid I have developed www.pathguide.com.au normally used to help golfers improve their swing direction)

PGA Trainee Professionals gathered from 18-21 October in Ballarat Golf Club for the third consecutive time to contest the National Futures Championship with a prize purse of $57,500 on the line. This year’s tournament featured a field of exceptionally talented male and female PGA Trainees from Australia and abroad. The competitors’ skills were pushed to the limits with challenging weather conditions including heavy rains and ferocious winds greeting them each round.

In this article, I am going to discuss the importance of the lower half of your body working correctly and how this is critical to ensure the club is entering the impact zone from inside the target line correctly.

2) Turn the top half of their body from the top of the swing without the lower half shifting to the left

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standing up vertically to help him be aware of how much shift is the correct amount. You can see that he is also maintaining his spine angle which is something I love to see, he has not stood up.

The good news is, I received a message from him a few days after this lesson saying his ball striking and consistency had improved. I really appreciate honest feedback from all my clients. •

The 2008 NSW PGA Teacher of the Year, Glenn Whittle is a Certified PGA Professional, Advanced Status – Coaching. He is coaching at Barton Park Driving Range in Arncliffe. If you would like to book a one-on-one private golf lesson with Glenn Whittle, visit www.whittlegolf.com.au and click on BOOK NOW!

Female Trainee Professional Carly Beck played her way into the top-10, producing very consistent rounds during the whole of the tournament to finish eighth on the leaderboard. With the inclement weather continuing through to the final round causing long suspensions in play, the National Futures Championship was eventually reduced to a 54-hole tournament. Englishman Webb thus claimed the title with a tournament total 5-over 221. Sitting four shots back, Victorians Adam Burdett and Correy Price finished runner-up.

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Trunk mobility for the golf swing

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ince the term was first coined by Jim McLean more than 15 years ago, the “x-factor” has gained plenty of recognition and attention, as golfers of all abilities strive to gain a few extra yards. Professional golfers usually have a much greater x-factor than amateurs, which might account for their significantly longer driving length. The x-factor is the difference between how far we rotate our pelvis away from the target during the backswing and how far we rotate the thorax. It is our body using its natural spring mechanism (known in sports science as the stretch-shorten cycle) to coil up then uncoil much like a spring. Put simply, the x-factor requires good stability of the hips and lower limbs combined with good mobility of the thorax. If you are deficient with either of these physical markers, you will compromise your

ability to wind up the spring then, in turn, to unwind it, meaning less club head speed. Conversely, if you can improve your trunk rotation, it could mean significantly longer drives. Many of us mere mortals lack the trunk mobility to execute this, a common curse owing largely to our daily habits and posture. The good news is that with a few simple drills, you will see quick improvement in trunk mobility and thus, a greater x-factor. As little as three 10-minute sessions a week can significantly improve your rotation, which can also reduce the risk of injury in amateur golfers. What better investment into your golf game? Try the following 10-minute routine to improve your thoracic rotation: Foam roller release • The foam roller will help to release tone in the muscles that overlie your spine, and will also help to gently mobilise the joints. • Cross your arms over your body • Lift your hips off the floor

Foam roller with rotations • Roll up and down the roller so that it releases from the bottom of your neck to your lower back for four minutes Wall rotations • Stand with your back, heels and buttock against a wall • Keeping your butt against the wall, reach over to the right side with your left hand until it is flat against the wall • Hold for 5 seconds, then do the same on the other side. • Repeat this 12 times to each side • This stretch will help you to get that trunk rotation whilst keeping your hips stable. Foam roller with rotations • Start with your hands together above your head and the foam roller on your mid-back • Slowly move both hands to the side until you feel your hips want to move • Return to the start position and repeat on the other side • Repeat this 10 times on each side

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Seated rotation

Seated rotation • Start by sitting on a chair (no slouching!) with a foam roller or pillow between your knees • Start to rotate to the right, using your hands to take your further until you feel a comfortable stretch through the back then hold for 10 seconds • Return to the start position and repeat on the other side • Repeat this five times on each side By completing these four basic exercises, your thoracic spine will be limber and prepared for your round or practice session that lies ahead. If you complete this routine three times each week, you should see a significant difference in mobility, injury risk and hopefully, in driving distance. Dave Dawes is a Perth-based sports physiotherapist, and senior practitioner at Highgate Physiotherapy, where he provides golf screening, performance programs and injury management strategies for many golfers. For more information and golf-specific advice, please visit www.highgate.physio

The importance of physical preparation for golf Richard Nizielski richard@golffitsolutions.com 0438 027 768

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hile we may not always get in as much golf as we would like throughout the year, there are times (due to poor weather or the off-season, etc) which provide us with an opportunity to focus on other areas to improve our golf, in particular, golf fitness. Whatever you think about physical preparation for golf, there is one undeniable fact. To execute a golf swing requires muscle activation. The better the muscle activation, the better we can recruit and use the muscles involved. On average, our strength levels peak at around 25 years of age and plateaus somewhere between 35 or 40 years of age. As we get older, both peak force and overall 86

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muscle mass decrease, which for golf means a slowing of club head acceleration and maximum speed of the golf club. Although it is most likely that muscle mass, speed and power will diminish as we age, evidence shows that the process can be slowed and as such our golf game maintained for longer. Several studies have shown that older adults (mid 50s to 80 years of age) improved both club head speed and golf fitness when engaging in a resistance-training program. While some of the training programs included very golf-specific exercises, others included what might be considered generic exercises and movements such as the leg press machine, bench press and lat pull-down machine. While these exercises might be more global in their use—and all the participants in the research were involved in the same training program rather than having individually designed fitness programs—it does indicate that maintaining

your fitness will help you maintain your golf game. Even if your goal does not include increasing your club head speed, maintaining a good level of strength and fitness through strength training has other benefits. Having a higher level of muscle strength increases our level of injury prevention of both the muscles and joints. Where resistance training is part of the fitness program, strength reserve (the difference between maximum strength and the strength required to perform the skill) is better, meaning there is less overall effort required to perform a task. Systematic strength training also improves recovery rates through structural and functional adaptations of the muscles. As well as muscle size and strength improvements, consistent strength training has been found to improve the components of intramuscular coordination - Synchronisation (the ability to contract all the motor units of the muscles involved

simultaneously), Recruitment (the capacity at which the motor units of the muscles involved are recruited) and Rate coding (the capacity to increase the firing rate of the motor units to express more strength). When these components are maintained, the body has a greater opportunity to perform the task, in this case the golf swing, with less effort. All in all, investing even the most basic fitness training can benefit not only our golf but our overall health as well. If you’re not sure where to begin, then have a look at my website: www.golffitsolutions.com or contact me for information. Richard Mercer is the director of the Richard Mercer Golf Academy at The Vintage in the Hunter Valley where he has been nominated NSW PGA Instructor of the Year five times. For more golf tips or to book golf lessons and schools at the Richard Mercer Golf Academy at The Vintage in the Hunter Valley, visit my website www.richardmercergolf.com.


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Mind Games: 5 drills to bring back the fun Nick Sutherland

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emember when you were a kid and you just went out and played? Its easily the best learning environment, so why don’t we do it more as adults? Because we become serious, we put pressure on ourselves, we think there’s more to lose and we forget the simple things. Next time you hit the range, I want you to just grab a club and spend an hour or so playing around. Explore and experiment with it. Become curious about the bounce, the lie, how the clubface feels connected with your body. Visualise your shots. Don’t be afraid to send one out of the hosel and when you do, laugh about it! Unfortunately, fear sells products. All the companies want you to believe you have a problem and that they have the solution – you’re not long enough, straight enough or good enough. The reality is, there’s only a problem if you believe there’s a problem. If you’re a 17 handicapper and that’s ok with you, then great! Don’t let anyone else tell you different. I would dearly love to see more people laughing on the range than swearing at themselves so please, get out there and play around. Here are a few tips on how to do it - let me know what it changes for you (feel free to send me an email).

1) Unlock to go home Basketball, hockey, NFL, soccer, AFL….there are examples in all of these sports where in training, you have to do something specific

before you’re allowed to finish training. Hit 5 free throws, kick 10 goals, run a certain time – make it specific to what you’re working on at the time. Short game? Get up and down 5 out of 10 times. Irons? Hit the practice green 7 times.

2) Don’t think, just swing Overthinking leads to paralysis of analysis so a great tip is to line 10 balls up, then just step up and hit them. No swing thoughts, no practice swings…just let go and see what happens. If you find it hard to switch off the brain, try humming quietly or singing (make sure no one is around!). Enjoy the freedom your body experiences, then evaluate how you went.

3) Both ends of the spectrum We are living in an age of information overload; everyone has an opinion and wants to be heard (yes I get the irony!). It all comes from a good place; we want to help people improve. But with no exact right or wrong way, there is naturally going to be a difference in those opinions and the readers can become confused. In order to combat this, try experimenting and seeing what the results are, then use whatever works for you. For example, try chipping with the lightest grip you can possibly have, then grip really tight and hit a few shots. Now hit a few with an in-between grip pressure and you’ll soon find whatever works best for you.

4) 3 ball A fun one to muck around with is to try and hit three different shots to the same target with the same club. High, low, mid, check up, release, fade, draw, straight – have no expectations and

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just play around and see what results you get. Once you’ve gotten the ball within 3 feet with the three swings, for example, try a different club with a different target.

5) Use no clubs I swear this is a great one for those struggling with putting. I actually did it with a client a few weeks ago and he holed a 40-footer on his first try and laughed until he cried (and ‘miraculously’ lost the yips). Grab three balls and just roll them like lawn bowls on the practice putting green. It’s that simple.

Too often we over- think putting, which can lead to anxiety (flight, fight or FREEZE – aka the yips). Your mind knows exactly how hard or soft to roll a ball and on what line to get it near the hole, so get out of your own way and just trust yourself. In a nutshell, keep it light! Research has shown that ending on a high note increases the effectiveness of training and that too much of the same thing has an adverse effect, so have fun and keep it fresh. Taking an approach where you are less likely to “fail” is only going to accelerate your progress too. •

Nick Sutherland is a psychotherapist and performance consultant on the Mornington Peninsula. Nick specialises in helping golfers of all abilities to take their game to the next level by improving their mental performance. Nick has worked with Olympic and World Championship winning athletes, AFL players, Hall of Fame triathletes and professional golfers to achieve their goals and he can help you too. For an free assessment and phone consultation call 0448 339 662 or email contact@nicksutherland.com.au

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Golf NSW Social Golf Program to launch in 2017

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ocial golf clubs across NSW will be able to provide their members with an official Golf Australia handicap under a new Golf NSW Social Golf Program to be launched in early 2017.

Blyth captures NSW Open

The Golf NSW Social Golf Program will allow social golf clubs to use the Golf Australia handicapping system to manage their members’ handicaps when conducting competitions on all Golf NSW affiliated golf courses.

Adam Blyth captured the biggest title of his career with a gritty fourth round in the NSW Open at Stonecutters Ridge. Battling winds above 40km/h, a bushfire burning in the distance, and the weight of expectation after taking a four-shot lead into the final round, Blyth composed himself on the back nine to win by three shots at -23.

It is hoped this initiative will encourage more people to play the sport by providing social club members with an official handicap, as well as increasing revenue to affiliated Social Clubs.

He also picked up the biggest paycheque of his career ($72,000) with his second title of the year after taking out the South Pacific Open in September.

“Social golf is a growing sector of the recreational sports landscape. By providing social golf clubs with access to the Golf Australia Handicap System, our affiliated NSW golf clubs will see benefits through increased rounds of golf and also have the opportunity to convert social golfers into members,” Andrew Robb, Participation & Programs Manager - Golf NSW, said.

The Freeloaders Social Golf Club is one club that will benefit from a new Golf NSW initiative.

Individuals wishing to participate in the Golf NSW Social Golf Program cannot be a current member or have held a financial membership

of an affiliated NSW golf club anytime in the two years before their application for a handicap unless they intend to join the program as a Non-Home Club member. Membership of the program will only be available to individuals who are part of a

recognised social group, company or other entity which has been sanctioned by Golf NSW. Enquiries about the Golf NSW Social Golf Program can be directed to socialgolf@golfnsw.org

Golf for Seniors pilot program announced

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olf NSW and the NSW Office of Sport & Recreation have commenced a pilot program in Southern NSW to provide opportunities for seniors to get involved with the game through a new 6-week introduction to golf program. The Golf for Seniors program is targeted at people over 55 years of age that may never have played golf and would like to give it a try.

green fees and a 3-month membership to the host golf club. Each week of the program the participants will learn the basics of golf and have an opportunity to socialise with others in the golf club environment. In the last two weeks of the program, participants will move out onto the golf course and get to play one or two holes with the Professional as part of the program.

The program, which costs $99 per participant, runs one day a week for six consecutive weeks and includes morning tea, six one-hour golf lessons, equipment,

The pilot program teed off in early November at four golf clubs in Southern NSW – Deniliquin, Wagga Wagga City, Murrumbidgee and Corowa.

The initial program proved popular, with places filling very quickly at each club. Participating clubs and individuals will be asked to supply feedback on the program at its conclusion. If it proves successful, Golf NSW will look to expand the program across the state in 2017. If you are an individual or a golf club that would be interested in taking part in a broader expansion of the Golf for Seniors program, please contact Andrew Robb, Participation & Programs Manager at Golf NSW or email andrew.robb@golfnsw.org

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THE WINNER OF THE 2016 NSW OPEN

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Leading amateur Brett Coletta’s attempt to break a 30-year-old record - winning both the Qld and NSW Open in the same year - was almost realised, as the Victorian turned the front nine three-under, and kept the birdies coming on the back nine. Unfortunately he ran out of holes and finished tied for second at -20 with Jarryd Felton. Other names of note: Wade Ormsby came from nowhere on the final day, shooting an eight-under round only matched by veteran Stephen Leaney and Victorian Lucas Herbert who both shot 64.

Congratulations to the latest St Hallett Wines Hole-in-One Achievers: Ben Adler, Kwang Bae Rah, Ken Doolan, Colin Emslie, Chris Johnstone, Richard Ottley, and John Tyseo.


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ictorian amateur Brett Coletta was all class on and off the course as he became the first amateur since Stuart Appleby in 1991 to win last month’s Isuzu Queensland Open.

prevailed by three strokes over rookie pro Lucas Herbert (69) who staged a spirited challenge to move within a stroke of Coletta late in the final round.

“This win gives me a two-year exemption to Australasian Tour events and I will have some serious discussions with a number of people before deciding what to do,’’ he said.

“The way I handled myself today was the biggest thing I’ve ever done,’’ he said.

Herbert, a former Victorian amateur teammate of Coletta, played aggressively to collect the winner’s cheque of $16,500.

“I’m lost for words and can’t explain how I feel. “Obviously I was very disappointed after what happened in Korea. I wouldn’t wish that on anybody.

Cool and composed during the 72-holes, Coletta, 20, was emotional after his victory which provided a triumphant ending to a roller-coaster two weeks.

“But to come back this week and finish on top makes me so proud of myself.’’

Gutted after narrowly missing a trip to the 2017 Masters when he finished runner-up in the Asia-Pacific Championship in Korea, Coletta gained a late entry to the Queensland Open field when former top amateur Cameron Davis turned professional.

Coletta was close to tears as he spoke and acknowledged the support of his family. “My mother travelled to Queensland and kept me from getting side tracked,’’ he said. The winner said he would now seriously consider turning professional.

He closed with an even-par 70 at Brisbane Golf Club to finish at seven-under and

Tied for third at three-under were Tasmanian Kalem Richardson who finished strongly with a 67 and Dale Brandt-Richards (NSW) who had a 70. Two shots adrift were six players who tied fifth at one-under for the tournament. They included Jarryd Felton (WA) who shot the day’s low round of 65. Others to share fifth place were Ben Campbell (NZ), Queensland amateur Doug Klein, James Gibellini, Ryan Lynch and Max McCardle. www.qldopen.com.au

Pee Wees play pro course the competitors drew inspiration from playing on the course which hosted the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open.

More than 72 young children played the course the pros played when Pee Wee Pennants came to The Brisbane Golf Club ahead of the Isuzu Queensland Open. Pee Wee Pennants involves teams of six players representing their clubs with the playing format being a two-person ambrose over a modified nine-hole course. It is club vs club in this hotly contested battle with players coming from 12 clubs from all over Brisbane. Golf Queensland’s Participation Development Manager, Adrian Hewat hoped

“It’s was an exciting day. We are privileged and honoured for the first Pee Wee Pennant of the season to be played at the host club for the Isuzu Queensland Open,” Mr Hewat said. “Children were able to see all the preparations underway for the Open and will hopefully now wonder what their golfing future might hold.”

their juniors have the opportunity to play in the tournament.

Pee Wee Pennants has been such a success amongst the golfing community with 12 Brisbane-based clubs participating, ensuring

“It’s been a fantastic response from clubs, kids and families to Pee Wee Pennants. It just keeps growing year by year,” Mr Hewat said.

“The kids get to explore new courses, represent their club and meet new friends. Everyone has the opportunity to play, develop their skills and learn more about the game.”

2016 CHAMPION

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Get ready for the 2017 Qantas Golf Club Challenge Series

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fter the huge success of 2016, the Qantas Golf Club Challenge Series is back for 2017. With new courses added to the schedule, it’s your chance to enjoy a fantastic day of golf playing the four ball best ball format at some of Australia’s best courses. Plus, you’ll also be in with the chance to win great prizes from the likes of TaylorMade and Bushnell. And if your team wins the day, you’ll enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the Series Final, which will be held at the iconic Hamilton Island Golf Club. The final champions will also win the Challenge Trophy and a share of 200,000 Qantas Points. Don’t miss your chance to take part in the 2017 Qantas Golf Club Challenge Series. Who knows, you just might be a lucky winner. Check out the 2017 schedule below. • The Lakes Golf Club (NSW) - Thursday 2 February • Royal Fremantle Golf Club (WA) - Friday 17 March • Glenelg Golf Club (SA) - Monday 3 April • Woodlands Golf Club (VIC) - Friday 28 April

COMING SENIOR AMATEUR EVENTS December 8-9   Sorrento Seniors (VIC) January 9         Keysborough Seniors  (VIC) January 16       Forster-Tuncurry Seniors (NSW) January 16-18   * Royal Melbourne Senior Classic (VIC) January 23       Lake Macquarie Seniors (NSW) January 24       The Coast Seniors (NSW) January 25       St Michael’s Seniors  (NSW) January 30       Wollongong Seniors (NSW) * Part of the Australian Senior Ranking System

Australian Open...for kids The inaugural U.S. Kids Golf Australian Open Tournament is creating a storm of excitement across the globe as the world’s elite Junior golfers sign up to come to Australia. “The tournament has attracted huge interest from Australians as well as from overseas,” says Kevin Wallis of U.S. Kids Golf Australia. “We’ve had entries from the U.S., Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand and even Paraguay.” To compete in the event, which will be held at Moore Park Golf on the 19th and 20th of January 2017, kids aged between 5 and 18 from over 52 countries have either been invited or can apply for entry based on their golfing achievements to date. The event is expected to attract a field of 150 kids. The U.S. Kids Golf Australian Open will sit alongside other U.S. Kids Golf International Tournaments including the European Championship, The British Kids Championship, The Canadian Invitational and the Venice Open. They all offer a pathway to the penultimate event in junior golf – the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships held at Pinehurst, USA, every August. 90

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• Commonwealth Golf Club (VIC) - Monday 15 May • Lakelands Golf Club (QLD) - Friday 23 June • Concord Golf Club (NSW) - Thursday 29 June • Indooroopilly Golf Club (QLD) - Thursday 20 July • NSW Golf Club (NSW) - Tuesday 1 August • Noosa Springs Golf Club (QLD) - Friday 11 August

• Royal Queensland Golf Club (QLD) - Monday 28 August • Bonnie Doon Golf Club (NSW) - Thursday 21st September • Huntingdale Golf Club (VIC) - Monday 9 October • Federal Golf Club (ACT) - Thursday 19 October • Series Final - Hamilton Island Golf Club

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Lions Moorabbin Annual Charity Golf Day

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When: Monday 12 December 2016 Where: The Royal Melbourne Golf Club Info: www.moorabbin.vic.lions.org. au/RMGC-Golfday, or contact Gary McInnes on 0417 055 731. The Lions Club of Moorabbin is holding their 41st Annual Charity Golf Day at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club on 12 December in support of beyondblue, Cancer Council Victoria and other local hospitals, charities and community groups. The competition of the day will individual stableford with shotgun starts at 7.30am and 12.30pm on the renowned West Course. Following the golf will be the prize presentation and Charity Auction in the clubhouse.

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Mercedes-Benz Duntryleague Classic When: January 14-17, 2017 Where: Duntryleaue, Orange, NSW Info: www.duntryleague.com.au/ annualtournaments.htm Enjoy three rounds of golf at Duntryleague’s Championship Golf Course as well as a welcome cocktail party, wine tasting and presentation dinner. Open to all male and female golfers with an official handicap. Over $7000 worth of prizes to be won. For more information please contact Duntryleague on 02 6362 3466 or golf@duntryleague.com.au

If a one-day tournament just isn’t enough, there are other world-class golf events to choose from: • 2017 ProAM Teams Challenge on Melbourne’s Sandbelt courses from 13 to 15 February 2017 • 2017 Qantas Golf Club Fiji ProAM from 29 May to 2 June 2017 • 2017 Qantas Golf Club Cairns Classic from 16 to 18 July 2017 Call 1300 733 465 or book now at www.qantasgolfclub.com/2017-challenge. To access more private courses, earn more Qantas Points and get an excess baggage waiver on your clubs when you book a tournament or event, Premium Membership is the way to go. From only $129 per year, you’ll enjoy all of those benefits and more. Visit www.qantasgolfclub.com/membership for more details.

WHEN: 13 to 17 February 2017 WHERE: Northern Beaches - Bayview, Cromer, Long Reef, Manly, Mona Vale, Monash and Wakehurst Barrenjoey Peninsula Week of Golf 2017 turns 35 this year. It is an exciting and unique ladies golf tournament, and one of the largest amateur women’s golfing tournaments in the Southern Hemisphere. Women with a current Australian or Overseas Golf Handicap, can play at seven stunning Northern Beaches golf courses. The format begins on Monday and Tuesday with individual stroke for Divisions 1 & 2 and stableford for Division 3. On Thursday the Foursomes are held in four divisions. On the final day, Friday a four person Best Ball v Par event, with shotgun start, completes the tournament. Players can nominate to play on all four days or play in 1, 2 or 3 events. Entries online are - Any 3 or 4 days $90 (postal $100), any 1 or 2 days $60 (postal $70). Entries close on 11 January 2017. Full event details are available at www.barrenjoeyweekofgolf.com

Handiskins

When: Various Where: Various Info: www.handiskins.com.au Handiskins the ultimate game of skins for club golfers. Handiskins is a five-qualifyinground stableford competition. A player’s best three rounds count towards their final score. Players don’t have to play all five qualifying rounds if their scores are good enough. The top four players with the best scores at the end of the qualifying rounds go into the ‘skins’ format final and have the opportunity to play for $1,200 in club or pro shop vouchers.

UPCOMING HANDISKINS EVENTS: Northern Golf Club 97 Glenroy Road, Glenroy VIC 3046 5th Qualifying Round 3rd December 2016 Final 10th December 2016 Bribie Island Golf Club Links Court, Woorim QLD 4507 Final 10th December 2016 Rosebud Country Club 207 Boneo Road, Rosebud VIC 3939 Final 10th December 2016 Lynwood Country Golf Club 253 Pitt Bottoms Road, Pitt Town NSW 2756 Final 10th December 2016 Berwick Montuna Golf Club 335 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road, Guys Hill VIC 3807 Final 4th December 2016 Macquarie Links International Golf Club Macquarie Links Drive, Macquarie Links NSW 2565 5th Qualifying Round 3rd December 2016 Final 17th December 2016

GOLF NSW DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS Golf NSW Events Date 14-Dec-16

Event Women’s Medal Competition – STATE FINAL

Venue Stonecutters Ridge GC

Men’s Vardon Events Date 03-Dec-16 10-Dec-16

Event Ryde-Parramatta Cup The Grange Open

Venue Ryde-Parramatta GC The Grange GC, NSW

For information on any of the above events, or for a full list of fixtures go to: www.golfnsw.org


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Playing ‘Ready Golf’ For example, in a survey of Australian golf clubs conducted by Golf Australia, 94% of clubs that had promoted “ready golf” to their members enjoyed some degree of success in improving pace of play, with 25% stating that they had achieved “satisfying success”.

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arlier this year, the R&A published a new Pace of Play Manual, to provide guidance for improving pace of play to those responsible for operating golf facilities, whether they be owners, managers, club professionals, greenkeepers or committees. Among the issues discussed are “Ready Golf” and “being ready to play”. The R&A includes “Ready Golf” among several suggested solutions to improve pace of play during competition play. The following is an extract from the Manual:

When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players. “Ready golf” should not be confused with being ready to play, which is covered below. The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are: • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options

READY GOLF

• Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait

“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

• Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play.

• Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line • Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot

• Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off” BEING READY TO PLAY This section of the manual is designed to make players aware of the main things they can do to improve their group’s pace of play. It also gives an example of the benefit of doing so: “Being ready to play should be very easy. While taking care not to distract other players or compromise safety, all that is required is that a player should do the following while waiting for others to play: • Walk efficiently to the ball putting their glove on in the process • Assess the shot, including any calculation of distance the player wants to make, or line up the putt, and • Make a decision on club selection It is even more important that the first person in a group to play carries out these tasks promptly. Considerable time will be saved during the course of a round if players do these things efficiently and non-intrusively while others are playing. The frustration comes when a player stands by their ball watching others in the group playing, and only when it is their turn do they begin to prepare for the shot. Combined with an efficient pre-shot routine, the seconds that can be taken off each stroke by being ready to play, multiplied by the number of strokes played each round, multiplied by the number of players in a group, can have a massively positive impact on the time it takes to play a round of golf.

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For example: • Each player in a four-ball takes an average of 5 seconds less to play each shot • Each player plays 80 shots • 80 shots x 5 seconds x 4 players = 26 minutes and 40 seconds That means that, ignoring all other variables, the four-ball would play in 26 minutes and 40 seconds less time simply by shaving off an average of 5 seconds per shot.” In the past, some clubs have been reluctant to recommend that players play “Ready Golf” because of the provisions in the Rules concerning the order of play (Rule 10). However, this Manual has been published by the R&A itself, so it is clearly permitted, provided it only applies to forms of stroke play (including par and stableford rounds). The Manual provides a multitude of other possible solutions to assist golf facilities to achieve improvements for the benefit of the facilities and their customers, the players. The Manual is available for download on the R&A website randa.org under the Rules and Equipment tab. •

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I’d also like a backswing lengthener. What’s that... I hear you ask? It’s a very cleverly designed device...that hasn’t been invented yet. I reckon Santa’s Golf Training Aid Section can come up with something over the next few weeks. I have an image of an instrument resembling a cross between a chiropractor’s chair and two draught horses tied to both the golfers’ arms, pulling in opposite directions.

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ust a minute… I think I can hear something. Aha! It’s Santa’s little helpers clattering around, affixing shafts in heads, sharpening up tees and wrapping up those sleeves of tour golf balls none of us real golfers are supposed to be using. So what do we want the big guy to leave under our tree this year? I’d love something I could eat which is “Low Carb” but actually tastes really nice. I haven’t had it confirmed but I’m pretty sure the term “Carbohydrate” is Latin for “Really delicious food you will enjoy but probably wind up with a big gut and diabetes.”

Please Santa, can I have a holiday to Scotland? St Andrews, to be specific. While I’m there, I plan to visit the Royal & Ancient clubhouse where they have a wonderful collection of golf memorabilia. In their words: “Our collection tells the fascinating story of British golf, through material dating from the 17th century to the present day.” I’d like to offer my mate’s Broomstick Putter to the collection along with a photo of him hitting golf balls on the practice range. That’s the only place Alan can still experience the game he’s loved for over 40 years. By his own admission, Al was possibly one of the worst putters in the club with his trusty broom, but his physical condition left him with no choice but to wield the thing so as not to embarrass himself. Now because of the “No Anchoring” ruling brought in for professionals and AMATEURS he is relegated to the range and the nearest tennis court.

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Am I stretching it to also ask for a new driver? I’m not sure if there’s is enough adjustability to cater for all of my variations but at least as much as can be crammed into 460 cc’s of titanium. I need this new weapon to also make the adjustments needed as I start my downswing. Now Santa, this may sound like a bit like a whinge but I’ll run it past you anyway: Since I’ve been taking a larger role in the Pro-Shop at the gorgeous Mt Broughton Golf Course in the NSW Southern Highlands, I’ve noticed how much garbage some people leave in our golf carts after they bring them in. The worst items I have to pick up and remove are soiled tissues. My wife and I have raised three kids who have suffered their share of colds and flu bugs so we are well aware of what is usually waiting for us in a used tissue. But the job of binning them seemed to be a lot easier when the person responsible is your own 4-year-old child. Maybe some kind of alarm that sounds exactly like a nose being blown, emanating from the drink holders where these nasty little buggers are usually resting? Now finally, Santa, we recently hosted 100 junior golfers over two days, which it must be said were extremely well-behaved and polite. The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation was responsible for the running and coordinating of the event and due to the efforts of Dale Hughes and his helpers from the foundation, it ran like a Rolex clock! I would love you, Santa, to arrange for Dale to have his wages doubled as of Jan 1, 2017. In fact, let’s spread that across to all the various State Junior Coordinators! Thanks readers, and may all of you have a triple-bogey-free Christmas for 2016. Particularly one of my favourites….. Michelle from Bermagui. Psssst - Call me, Michelle. •

The quick nine quiz THERE are 22 stableford points up for grabs on the front nine. How many can you get?

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1. Name the four players who won majors in 2016. (1 pt for each correct answer) 2. Name the only golfer to win the British Open Championship on five different courses. (2 pts) 3. Can you solve the following anagram – Don thrown jeans? Clue: He’s English and his nickname is Beef. (3 pts) 4. May a player whose ball lies on the putting green brush aside casual water on his line of putt or mop it up with a towel? (2 pts) 5. How many times did Karrie Webb win the U.S. Women’s Open? (2 pts) 6. Did Peter Senior win more tournaments on the European Tour or the Japan Tour? (2 pts) 7. How many times has Phil Mickelson represented Team USA in the Ryder Cup – 9, 10, 11 or 12? (3 pts) 8. Can you name Europe’s best Ryder Cup player of all-time – Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie or Jose Maria Olazabal? (3 pts) 9. In what country will you find Mission Hills Golf Club? (1 pt) ANSWERS: (1). Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker; (2). Tom Watson; (3). Andrew Johnston; (4). No; (5). Two; (6). European Tour (4), Japan Tour (3); (7). 11 times; (8). Colin Montgomerie; (9) China.

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He’s been a member of the club for more than 45 years and plays golf three times a week. “He has always been a regular competitor having spent much of his time at Bulimba on single figures,” Zak said. “When he retired, Donny, who lives near the golf course, was introduced to the game by a friend. “He plays golf every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and still walks.

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“Golf allows him to get out of the house to catch up with his regular playing partners Cecil and Frank. “His golf buggy and bag would have to be the same one he started with more than 40 years ago. It has the old metal frame and plastic wheels.”

GOLF RULES QUICK REFERENCE ACE: Don Wilson poses with Bulimba Golf Club secretary Steve Dunn.

Don, 96, an ace accumulator AT 96, Don “Donny” Wilson is an ace golfer. In a golf career spanning more than four decades at Bulimba Golf Club in Brisbane, Don has lost count of the number of holes-in-one he has had but he reckons it’s between 15-20 – conservatively. While his memory of many of those aces has faded, he certainly does remember the two he had this year – one just before his 96th birthday and one after he celebrated his birthday. In May, Don aced the sixth hole using his trusty seven-iron and on October 14 scored another hole-in-one on the ninth hole. This time he selected a six-iron. Remarkably, it was Don’s first shot of the day in the shotgun start Ambrose event. “When he got his hole-in-one in May he told us it was his first ever ace, but four days later he brought in a box full of hole-inone trophies that he had forgotten about during his time at the club,” Bulimba Golf Club’s Zak Hastings said. “At 96, you can pardon his forgetfulness.” Don’s official Golf Australia handicap is 21.4, however, due to the slope rating plays off 15 at Bulimba Golf Club, formerly known as the Queensland Sporting Club.

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Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player talks tactics with Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming as they teamed up in the Blackstone course during Mission Hills’ 4th annual World Celebrity Pro Am in October.  (Photograph by Power Sport Images)

Cop that, says the force PERHAPS the bench a policeman took without permission from Ayr Golf Club in North Queensland should be named the “Seat of Repentance”. The sergeant, who has been demoted for 12 months, took the bench to use as a smokers’ seat at the back of the local police station. He told a tribunal he was looking for an abandoned or disused bench and while on night patrol came across the bench at the back of the golf course. He loaded it in the police van and took it back to the police station without the permission of the golf club. When officers arrived at the cop shop to question him about the bench, he was sitting in it. Apparently, he told the tribunal the bench was very old, covered in sand (maybe it was located close to a bunker) and did not look in a good state of repair. Initially, he was charged with stealing, but that was dropped after the golf club withdrew the complaint. Demoted to constable for 12 months, he was transferred to Kirwan police station, which is 90 kilometres north of Ayr. The club’s president Neville Eathorne told Inside Golf the seat was returned immediately after the incident and was now back in its rightful place under the gazebo on the 17th hole.


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Fancy owning your own golf course? Is there is anything more peaceful than sitting around a campfire at dusk enjoying a beverage with your friends, watching the lights around the Gippsland Lakes below begin to flare? Or doing the same at a golf shack in a picturesque gully on the same property beside the golf course, watching the sun set over neighbouring bush, kangaroos venturing out to graze very nearby.

This could all be yours, as a 52-acre property is now up for sale near the prosperous town of Bairnsdale in the Gippsland Lakes. The property at present is a retreat for war veterans, a non-commercial facility provided FREE by Greg and Annie Carter. Greg an ex-Vietnam veteran has a great understanding of veterans’ needs, giving those who stay and visit a place for rehab, respite or a home away from home.

The retreat has a lovely 9-hole golf course, grass greens with fairways lined by trees to create a picturesque environment to be enjoyed by all who play there . The property has a master-built house approx 42sqm, an open-plan living space with entertaining options being the feature of the home. The view from the house encompasses the Gippsland Lakes to the snow-capped mountains. This oasis sits upon a small hill just out of town making it very accessible for shopping but also being secluded offering your own personal space. 30 minutes from Lakes Entrance and

the open sea, with fishing off shore and on the beach. The lakes and rivers also provide numerous spots for bank and boat fishing. There are 5 horse paddocks with 2 dams , with town water for drinking troughs, all fenced . Sadly, health reasons and an ageing volunteer group cannot maintain the property in its pristine condition long term. The property is reluctantly now up for sale. Greg & Annie will move locally to a smaller property, still providing the retreat to assist with the welfare of our returned service personnel. Inquires and further information: Greg & Annie Carter: 0409 418 332

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The statistics on holes-in-one SPEAKING of holes-in-one, Inside Golf came across some facts and feats out of America. Apparently, an ace is scored in every 3500 rounds and there are more than 128,000 scored each year. Another stat reveals 40 per cent of holesin-one are achieved with a 7, 8 or 9-iron and 60 per cent of ace golfers are 50 or over. But wait, there’s more. Mid-handicappers (10-19) make 57 per cent of holes-in-one with the average handicap being 14. Only 14 per cent of golfers score a second hole-in-one and only 1-2 per cent of golfers made an ace each year. Female golfers account for 14 per cent of all holes-in-one.

Chainsaw John a reminder IT didn’t take long for some wag to call Kooralbyn Valley golf course head professional John Tolhurst a Freddie Krueger clone after a Courier-Mail photographer snapped him wearing a glove on his left hand while brandishing a chainsaw. Of course, you remember Freddie Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, right? He was the person who had a glove armed with razors. Anyway, John carried his trusty chainsaw into battle to attack weeds and overgrown scrub that had invaded the bunkers, fairways and gullies in the clean-up to get the magnificent Kooralbyn Valley layout back to its best. John’s efforts meant golfers are again enjoying playing on one of Australia’s top layouts.

Playing golf by telephone DID you know that Melbourne’s Cheltenham Golf Club and Cotswold Hills Golf Club in Cheltenham, England played a match by telephone? The year was 1957. The members of the two golf clubs played a round on their respective courses and the eight best rounds at each course decided the match on aggregate. In England, a large group gathered at the club to await a telephone call from Australia giving the scores. The Poms carded a score of 564 (an average of 70.5 for the eight best rounds) to edge out Cheltenham Golf Club, who returned a score of 570 or 71.25 for their eight rounds.

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Major (event) benefits I’ve taken my daughter to the past five Aussie Opens and also the Women’s Open at Royal Sydney where Laura Davies, Karrie Webb and Natalie Gulbis were among the star attractions, and we had a blast each time. Major benefits? Watching the best golfers in the world display their talent and witnessing firsthand as events unfold. My daughter was fascinated with Karrie Webb and her desire to control all aspects of the happenings around her as she came down the stretch in 2007. She was amazed at how Karrie was demanding absolutely no distractions from anyone that may have hindered her desire to win that year’s Women’s Open. We still discuss those unfolding events to this day and both believe Karrie gave us an insight into what is the first fundamental of successful golfing. The joy we both have had by going to the Aussie Open each year has allowed us to be in the presence of the world’s best golfers; male and female. We have witnessed not only the best women but also the best men as well. Men such as Tiger, Freddy Couples, Greg Norman, Rory, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy and Matt Jones. We both agree that Friday is the best day, as all the golfers are still in the field. We also can get a little closer to the action and move more easily from one group to another. The most fun we have is watching all the golfers going through their routines on the practice range. We can tell very quickly who is worth following and who’s not, just by doing just this. Major benefits from going to The Aussie Open? Inspiration, expectations and confidence to get all fired up and hit the golf course to try out the things we have learnt by watching the very best. Tempo is the first swing thought I try to implement because that is my bugbear. I am always amazed at how pure their swings are compared to mine and those I play with. Going to The Aussie Open has surely enabled me to lower my handicap to 6.4 and I am 59 yrs young. I am still learning and will be going to this year’s Open because I have the ambition to get even better at this great game. Want to be a better golfer? Go to the golf and watch the best, then imitate what you see. Major benefit? Because it’s a win, win, win for all in golf. And as for add-on value? Tell your partner “Sweetheart, I have a body like this because you let me play golf”. Alex Ross-Edwards

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Stuart Watkins’ letter (November issue) claims that the cost of regular golf is a prime reason for declining membership. In fact, he has demonstrated that golf in Australia is actually relatively cheap if you play frequently as he does. What else could you do 150 times a year, using someone else’s infrastructure, for less than $3000?

I believe there was a rare feat achieved recently by Rod Pampling and Daniel Nisbet, both PGA golfers. It was unbelievable that two golf professionals that started at the same humble club, won two PGA events, on the same day, on opposite sides of the planet. To me this is rather an exciting feat, and caused me to wonder: has any other club been represented this way? Colin Caulfield, Caboolture Golf Club QLD Editor’s note: Great question Colin! We’ll put this out to the readers: can any club out there match this? Email us at ed@insidegolf. com.au.

Of course $3000 a year is too much for some people. But I suggest that they would be a small proportion of the membership declines. Making club membership more relevant to occasional and particularly younger golfers is a more important issue. This is easier said than done, of course, but too much focus on price per se (rather than value) isn’t the answer. I don’t believe that the game itself is really part of the problem, although I think that there are two things that can be done: Firstly, clubs need to offer optional shorter events for time-poor players. Don’t fiddle with the basic 18 hole game - accept that there are two playing segments and cater to both. Secondly, some of the rules need simplification. The plethora of technicalities that have no real impact on the play or scores can be a deterrent to newer players and they slow up play. Clubs can’t do this it’s up to the ruling bodies to start thinking about club golf and not just focusing on the pro tours. Frank Simper

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When insured isn’t ensured I recently purchased a golf cart and insured it through AAMI. Unfortunately I had an accident on course and proceeded to put in a claim. I was told initially that I was covered and to put in a quote, which I did. I was then asked to supply photos, which I did. I was then told two days later that I was not covered because I was using the cart to play golf (What the???) As I am sure you have many readers that would have their carts insured, it might be prudent to warn them to check their insurance policies as they could be in the same boat as me, up the creek without a paddle. Ken Veale

Roo gotta be kidding? Below is an extract from the blogspot of the Far North Queensland Veteran golfers association. The broken windscreen happened at Cairns GC and the event with the kangaroo happened at the Atherton tableland club of Mareeba: “Many of you may have heard that Ian Schofield had his car windscreen broken by a rock from a mower on the railway line last week. That went well for Ian when Queensland Rail came good with the cost of a new windscreen. However, today he was a little less fortunate when a ball he played disappeared into a kangaroo’s pouch. It seems that the approaching ball alarmed the joey and as he made a dive for the safety of mum’s pouch, the ball went in too. The ball was not recoverable and the lousy roo did not even offer to reimburse poor Ian for the ball! After a little research I found that rule 19-1a applies and the roo is an outside agency and a ball must be dropped directly under the spot where the ball disappeared into the pouch with no penalty to Ian (but I am not so sure about the mother and joey).” Submitted by Roger Smith, president GNQVGA.


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