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December 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

December 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is Online

01/12/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30542447

The December 2021 Issue of Inside Golf is available online

This month:

Our picks for your Christmas wish list

Your guide to Australia’s most welcoming clubs and courses

Boost for Women’s Golf

Mid to far north coast of New South Wales


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Golf Fitting and Demo Days – December 2021

Golf Fitting and Demo Days – December 2021

01/12/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30541994

The December 2021 Australian Golf Demo Date Listings are now online, featuring upcoming Demo Days and Fitting Days to check out the top new golf gear at an Australian golf club near you!

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, It is highly recommended that you contact the club or course prior to your visit to ensure the event is still going ahead, and to ensure there aren’t any further restrictions.

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Backspin Golf Podcast Episode 25

Backspin Golf Podcast Episode 25

24/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30532738

In this episode, renowned Golf Coach Gary Barter laces up the Footjoys and steps in for Steve Anderson. Larry reviews the longest iron he’s ever hit. Newly appointed Golf Australia CEO, James Sutherland shares his vision for golf in Australia and explains his bizarre hole in one. Gary talks about the most common misconception in the golf swing and Journalist Matt Cleary gives us the details on a fully clothed Greg Norman’s newest venture and offers up some strong opinions on where the cash is coming from.

All this and more on the latest episode of Backspin.

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		Comment on About by Adrian Davis

Comment on About by Adrian Davis

22/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30542019

Hi, is it possible to add the Mannum Golf Club Inc. to your Inside Golf magazine distribution list.
The Mannum Golf Club is situated about 90 minutes from Adelaide SA with Mannum set on the banks of the River Murray.
The Mannum Golf Club is a 9 hole course, played as 18 holes, with fully watered fairways & greens in excellent condition and caters to the local & surrounding community and also to the high river & regional tourism plus a reasonable & growing number of members and green fee players.
I am sure your “Inside Golf” magazine will be well received by our members & visitors as I have only just found this golf magazine now as I visit my golfing brother in Melbourne, Vic. I found the news, information and advertisements to be very interesting and quite pertinent to golf in Australia and the States.
For more information on the Mannum Golf Club visit the website:mannu or all me on 0477226155.
Kind regards,
Adrian Davis
A solution to Europe’s Ryder Cup blues

A solution to Europe’s Ryder Cup blues

08/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30511215

I’M going in to bat for Italian Costantino Rocca to be the next Ryder Cup captain when the Americans head to the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome in 2023.

Why? Because Rocca would know all the ingredients of an authentic Italian pizza.

He could lace it with something like salami, or anchovies or even rabbit and make sure it is just slightly past its best.

I’m not saying poison eight of the 10 best players in the world. Maybe just upset their stomachs a little bit.

After all, that might be the only way that Europe could somehow get over the top of the US and wrest the Ryder Cup away from the now defending champions.

How else are they going to beat the rampaging Yanks following their 19-9 shellacking at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin?

I know I’m starting to sound a bit like my fellow Inside Golf columnist Larry Canning here.

But I do recall some stomach upsets causing the mighty All Blacks to lose a World Cup rugby final against South Africa in 1995.

The history books don’t say how South Africa won – just that they triumphed.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy! Always have.

I even detoured to visit his home club, Holywood Golf Club, in Northern Ireland the last time I was allowed to travel to Europe …  if you can remember that far back.

So, I really felt for him as he shed tears as I was simultaneously tearing up the tickets that I had I foolishly placed on Europe to win the Ryder Cup.

What was I thinking?

How could I not see how outclassed they were?

Where was Justin Rose? Francesco Molinari? Those Danish twins that won in successive weeks on the European Tour?

You know, blokes who aren’t too frightened to take down the American superstars.

Because let me tell you folks, they need something. Or someone.

Otherwise at the next Ryder Cup, they’ll get the same sort of hiding that ‘our’ Presidents Cup team will probably have to cop next year.

Someone has to say it … a few of those European guys must surely have played their last Ryder Cup.

I’m sorry to say this, but even their best golf wasn’t enough to take down Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and the rest of them.

Westwood, Casey, Poulter and maybe even Matthew Fitzpatrick just couldn’t get the job done – even though some of them picked up a point or two. Maybe it was asking (or expecting) too much … remember the ones mentioned do have just one solitary major championship between them.

Sure, Jon Rahm was fabulous. And Shane Lowry gave it his all too. Victor Hovland also looked the goods.

But where to now?

Remember Great Britain used to get thrashed in nearly every Ryder Cup until it was decided to include the rest of Europe to make them more competitive.

What’s next? The US vs The World?

Let’s just point out that 24.8 million people played golf in the US last year. So, they do have a fair few players to choose from.

And Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have all been No 1 in the world at different times as well. DeChambeau will eventually be No 1 and I think Collin Morikawa will get to the top as well. As it stands, the US have 13 of the top-20 players in the world, so it’s no scoop that they are expected to win.

Maybe Europe needs to lure Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time, into their camp to give them a few pointers.

He could ‘happen’ to be in Italy to look at designing a course and besides I’m sure he’d love to share a pizza with Costantino.

I don’t think Tiger would help given he allegedly sent a text to US team captain Steve Stricker to tell him to tell his players to step on the European players’ necks.

That was to pump them up even further, not that they needed it in their record victory.

Frankly it was painful to watch and Europe deserved to be more competitive – to be better.

While the world knows how much it meant to them and how devastated they were with their failure, the world still wants answers on how “we” can beat them next time.

I say “we” because let’s face it – everyone wants to see a few of those smug Americans taken down a peg or two.

Bad enough that they expect to win – and the rest of the world expected them to win too.

They just needed to go out and do it.

I’m not trying to be a bad sport here; I just feel a few stomach cramps might even the odds a little.

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Council agrees to fund neglected club

Council agrees to fund neglected club

08/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30511216

By Michael Davis

WOODEND golfers are at their wits’ end.

They are frustrated by the local council’s indecision on bringing their dilapidated clubhouse up to safety standard or demolishing it altogether. 

‘It’s very frustrating,” said club secretary Barney Hearnden. “This has been going on for two years. 

“It’s so hard to get an answer from council officers. The only time you get any response seems to be when you copy in one of the councillors.”

Hearnden said the only work done so far by the council had been to install some bollards and crushed rock to make the entrance to the clubhouse safer. 

“We have offered to put a ramp in ourselves for disability access and that’s been going on for two years.

“It can’t be that hard to make a decision. We are a great community facility and more than happy for people to walk their dogs and have picnics on the golf course.

“We only need to use it Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and at the weekends. And even then we are happy to share it with people having picnics and walking their dogs. And we are happy for the CWA, the art group or any other community organisation to use the facility at any other time. But at present it is in dire need of an update or a rebuild.”   

The 100-year-old course sits on Crown Land 40 minutes north-west of Melbourne and has long been regarded as a treasured community asset.

It is understood Macedon Ranges Shire Council originally set aside $200,000 to bring facilities up to scratch but members report little movement.

The latest council budget is believed to have factored in $123,000 for an architect to do a sustainability report on repairs or demolition.

The club is happy to conduct a fundraiser and has commissioned its own strategic plan in which 94 members responded to a detailed survey.

All said, they are embarrassed to bring friends and family to the clubhouse, citing health and safety issues.

“We (still) haven’t seen any evidence of money being spent,” Hearnden said.

”The clubhouse still remains in a very dangerous and unsatisfactory state. There’s rising damp, there’s mould, the boards between the kitchen area and the outside are rotten and rats and other vermin are free to come in because we can’t block that up.”

Bathroom facilities are also rundown and decommissioned ovens make it nigh on impossible to host functions.

Hearnden said the club also had major concerns about safety around access points and the lack of disability access, which created challenges and barriers for some users.

Woodend Golf Club secretary Barney Hearnden (left) and club member Paul Stuart (top right) were among those to make submissions to Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s budget. Photo courtesy Midland Express.

“We want a facility that is safe and usable for our members. We’d hate to see somebody injured,” he said.

“A number of elderly members have fallen and it’s only a matter time before someone suffers a significant injury.”

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 23 years ago, club member Paul Stuart said access is a huge barrier for people with disabilities. Determined to stay socially connected and active, Stuart advocated for improvements.

“Being a part of this golf club provides me with a ‘Men’s Shed’ experience,” he told councillors.

“The last four years have become increasingly difficult, particularly from a mobility point of view for me.

“While I’m unable to play the game that I enjoyed so much [previously], camaraderie and friendship over the years and my association with this club has made my life more meaningful and provides something to look forward to each and every week.”

The club has grown its membership from 120 to 260 in the past year, despite Covid-19 challenges, and increased junior clinics to 40 players.

Hearnden said the club was open to discussing options with the council, including a full demolition and rebuild.

“The committee’s position is that we’re not wedded to the building as it is,” he said. “We can take our history with us if there is a new building. Our history is in honourboards and trophies. But we’d at least like to see options.”

Well, the good news is the council has allocated funds in its 2021/22 budget for immediate works.

“Informed by recent building inspections, we are in the process of prioritising how the budgeted funds will be used,” said the council’s director assets and operations Shane Walden.

“Further investigations are underway to assess longer term options and we look forward to continuing our discussions with the golf club to create a fit-for-purpose and multi-functional space to meet community needs.

“The long term options should support community and sporting activities for people all ages from Woodend and surrounds. 

“We believe it is important to improve social connection and physical activity across a wider and more diverse range of community members and there is an opportunity to achieve that outcome here,” he concluded.  

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Maleny Golf Club reaches out

Maleny Golf Club reaches out

08/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30511217

By Richard Owen

MALENY Golf Club continues to evolve as an attractive destination for social golf clubs and players of all abilities seeking a unique new golfing challenge and some good old-fashioned country hospitality.

Nestled within the lush green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the club’s quality, 18-hole public course provides golfers with a picturesque, Scottish-inspired “golf-as-it-began” playing experience.

The golf club is just minutes from the township of Maleny and has clubs, pull buggies and a fleet of 24 motorised carts for hire.

Attractive green-fee, catering and cart-hire packages tailored for social golf clubs are available upon request, subject to the size and needs of the playing group involved.

From the elevated first tee, players are presented with a panoramic view of the course and an ideal vantage point from which to assess the golfing challenges ahead.

Players will encounter some stern tests of golf along the way, including deep revetted bunkers defending the greens, swirling winds and a penal kikuyu rough for those who stray from the well-defined fairways.

The cool hinterland breezes will provide some welcome relief through Queensland’s long hot summer.

An aerial view of Maleny Golf Club 18th green and fairway.

The Graham Papworth-designed par-69 course is comprised of nine par-4s, six par-3s and three par-5s. 

Former Masters champion and former world No.1 Adam Scott helped put Maleny Golf Club on the international “must-play” map last year by streaming nine holes live from the course on Instagram during the global pandemic lockdown.

Maleny’s innovative design takes full advantage of some excellent natural assets – gentle rolling hills, well-drained volcanic soil, existing pastures, surrounding rainforest and some wetland.

The course has been built to a high standard under the direction of course superintendent Mick McCombe using the latest agronomic technology and knowhow to construct the Tiff Dwarf greens.

Supported by a band of dedicated volunteers, McCombe has transformed what was once a weed-ridden old dairy farm into a quality golf course praised by all who play it.

The club, which opened in 2015, has cleverly combined two shipping containers to establish a rustic HQ incorporating a deck and marquee where players can enjoy a post-round beverage or two.

The club operates under a Covid-safe compliance plan for the protection of our staff, members and guests.

Go on line or call now to book your next round at Maleny Golf Club. 

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Holes-in-one run in the family

Holes-in-one run in the family

08/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30511196

SCORING a hole-in-one might be a rarity in most people’s golf games. And Inside Golf has long since given up recording such feats – as they seem to occur a lot more often than the odds would suggest.

Yet, Ian and Dawn Campbell have beaten the ‘ace odds’ in a much different way, which is worth documenting.

Ian and Dawn Campbell are a couple of aces.

This married couple have achieved a rare feat in that not only have they had a hole-in-one on the same hole at one golf club but the pair has also holed out on the same golf hole at a different golf club as well.

Both these keen golfers have aced the 135m fifth hole at the beautiful Port Macquarie on the NSW North Coast.

Not satisfied with that feat, they also both holed out at the 170-metre sixth hole at Goondiwindi in Queensland.

A little bit of further research shows the Campbells have a pretty fair record of hole-in-one efforts too.

Ian has two other holes-in-one to his credit; his son Evan scored an ace at The Cut in Western Australia.

His junior grandsons, Jack and Blake, have both had a hole-in-one at Concord in Sydney and his son-in-law Glenn has holed out five times … so far.

Amazingly, Ian’s daughter Sandra, who the boys claim is arguably the best iron player in the family, is still dragging the chain despite coming within a few centimetres a number of times. 

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Nine million reasons why golf is booming

Nine million reasons why golf is booming

08/11/2021, Australia, Golf, Golf Australia, Article # 30511197

By Michael Davis

A STAGGERING nine million Australians are interested in swinging a golf club, a ground breaking survey has found.

Yet only five per cent of them are members anywhere.

The cutting edge research will define Australian golf’s new direction as it sets its sights on a solid path for post-pandemic growth.  

Officially launched by the Australian Golf Industry Council – a collaboration of golf’s main industry bodies – the findings of the Nature Report are the most comprehensive on golf to date.  

AGIC Chair and PGA chief executive Gavin Kirkman said the findings of the independent report were already being used in the development of the National Golf Strategy to be launched next month as an industry template for the future.

Gavin Kirkman and James Sutherland

Some of the key findings include:

• Golf is well positioned to take advantage of a phenomenal growth in activity during the Covid-19 pandemic;

• 9 million Australians are ‘interested’ in golf of which less than 5 per cent are members;

• 5.8 million of those Aussies interested in golf have not yet played a game (54 per cent male and 46 per cent female);

• There are 1.645 million players of ‘alternative’ forms of golf, including 295,000 categorised as ‘ball-hitters’;

• Many children (an estimated 1.140 million) are interested in playing alternative forms of golf, second-only to swimming among organised sports;

• Golf is considered fun, accessible, a game for life and good for mental and physical health;

• Engaging women and girls remains the game’s greatest challenge though there have been recent increases in female participation. Engaging youth is another challenge; and

• Shorter forms of the game and improved public facilities hold a key to the future.  

Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the eye-opener from the research was its top line of nine million people ‘interested’ in golf, including members, round players, ball hitters and alternative formats and many who are yet to pick up a club. 

“Those numbers turn everything we’ve been doing on its head,” he said. 

“If only five percent of ‘golf people’ are members, the potential for the growth of the game is huge, and certainly more substantial than we’ve ever realised, if we get it right. 

“Golf’s resurgence over the past couple of years, both in Australia and globally, is evidence of a new opportunity for golf that will see the game continue to grow and evolve for decades to come. 

“We anticipate continued growth and the National Strategy addresses the findings of this report which can only be good for golfers, old and new.”

Kirkman said the report showed that finding an entry point for golfers would be critical to the game’s future. 

“We know golf is a game that can be played by anyone at any age, it’s fun, it’s enjoyable and it’s good for your health,” he said. 

“We need to ensure golf, in its many formats, is in the consideration set particularly for women and juniors.  

“Availability of different entry points so people can find their way into the game is key.  

“Whether it’s at a golf club or mini golf facility, a driving range, or a simulator experience shouldn’t matter – all golf is golf. 

“We know how sticky it is once someone has caught the golf bug, but we need to clear the path so they can find that start. 

“Many want a more relaxed and a less regulated entry point to the sport, a golfing experience less focused on competition, no harsh clothing rules. 

“People want to experience the game in a way that makes them feel welcome and included, regardless of skill or regularity of play. 

“We need to continue to wrap our arms around members while putting out the welcome mat for newcomers to the game, to connect with everyone who wants to play. 

“We’ve been solely focused on club players, but we’ll be stronger as a sport if we embrace other golfers too.” 

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