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Readers’ rumbles about Golf Australia

<i>Your voices have been heard, loud and clear. Armed with a laundry list of your concerns about golf in this country, we sat down with Golf Australia</i> …

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

THE results of a survey asking members if they preferred a one-tee start or a two-tee start at Cairns Golf Club in Tropical North Queensland makes …

Golf Australia, PGA sign joint venture for junior golf

Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia have signed an historic joint venture agreement that will boost the landscape of junior golf development in …

National Golf Participation Report released

The ongoing health of Australian golf clubs is the focus of a new report released by Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia.<p>The 2013 National …

Kodak or Fuji?

The typewriter. Foldable maps. The Yellow Pages. Film. Inkwells. Cassettes. Rotary telephones. Phonebooths. Fax machines. Cathode Ray Tubes. Pagers. …

Dave Barry’s Year in Review: 2013 was a zombie of a year

It was the Year of the Zombies.<p>Not in the sense of most of humanity dying from a horrible plague and then reanimating as mindless flesh-eating …

The Great Rake Debate

While playing in a recent golf event, I was the recipient of a rather unlucky bounce, as my perfectly-struck approach shot to the green hit a rake …

Mergers, closures as some private clubs feel the pinch

The uncertain future for private golf clubs in south-east Melbourne has entered a new chapter with clubs Rossdale and Keysborough investigating the …

Karana Downs back from the dead

THWACK, thwack, thwack! That’s the sound of golf balls once again being launched into orbit over Karana Downs golf course near Ipswich in southeast …

116-year-old Ipswich closes

HOW does a golf club that boasted an annual turnover of $20 million less than a decade ago go into administration and finally close?<p>Many are asking …

The Long and the Short of it: should belly putters be illegal?

The use of belly putters has been a hot topic of late, with players like Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and even Phil Mickelson choosing to …

Does Australia have too many golf courses?

When I first moved to Melbourne from the US, I had little knowledge about the area’s golf courses. An avid golfer since the age of four, one of the …

Thinking outside the (tee) box

In February, you may recall that we suggested that there may be too many golf courses in Australia, and that the industry was ripe for consolidation. …

Knicker(bockers) in a knot: The ‘Attire’ debate on the golf course

From the early days of the plus-fours and ruffled cravats, to today’s bright colours and plaid ensembles, golf and fashion have long been intertwined.<p>…

Getting your club on “board”

While revenues, membership and cost controls are all important to your club, one area that is often overlooked is the effectiveness of The …

Women and children first

I received a phone call the other day from a very frustrated junior golfer.<p>“Why do members hate us juniors so much?” he asked.<p>I was taken aback for a …

How far do you REALLY walk during 18 holes?

(Story Update: Check out the results of our nationwide study here)<p>It’s a question I’ve been pondering for years: how far does a golfer walk during a …

When ‘no news’ is ‘bad news’

One of the most common flaws in any business or organisation (or, according to my wife, a marriage!) is a failure to communicate.<br>Get it right, and …