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African Handicaps

A businessman was attending a conference in Africa. He had a free day and wanted to play a round of golf and was directed to a golf course in the nearby jungle. After a short journey, he arrived at the course and asked the pro if he could get on. “Sure,” said the pro, “What’s […]

Upper Deck Announces PGA TOUR-Licensed Trading Cards

Upper Deck, the premier sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today an upcoming addition to the company’s ever-growing golf portfolio. Artifacts Golf, a premium trading card product that will offer collectors a wide array of autograph and memorabilia cards from the game’s most beloved icons and rising stars, is set to hit store shelves in […]

Olympic Golf Events we’d REALLY love to see

Now, I love the game of golf. Really love it. And I was THRILLED that golf was recently re-introduced to the Olympics. But I mean, c’mon, how is Olympic golf any different than, say, any one of the other hundred tournaments held every year?  60 players, 72-holes, stroke play, blah blah blah. The International Olympic […]

Peeling away the (Golf Ball) layers

Dear FORE! I just heard a rumour about a new golf ball that has FIVE layers. Can that be right? As an “Old School” player (I still have some old Titleists in my bag with rubber bands and liquid cores) I’m struggling to see why I need all those layers. Sincerely“Balata Boy” from Ballina Dear […]

Popular Golf Side Bets and Games

Wagering on the golf course is as old as the game itself, and while there’s no definitive history of when the first golfer asked his partner “So, MacDougal…you wanna make this a wee bit more…interesting?”,  stories abound of the first golfers competing for animal pelts, “skins” or whatever they could afford to wager. So we […]

Cornholing, Chess Boxing and Lightsaber…ing?

For years, debate has raged whether activities like golf, bowling, horseracing and others are technically “sports”. Over the last few months, a variety of questionable “sporting” broadcasts have graced our Foxtel/Kayo screens. Are these “sports”? I’ll let you be the judge.

GOLF GOT GAME: PGA TOUR 2K21 AVAILABLE NOW

For seasoned golf pros and rookies alike, your tee time has finally arrived: PGA TOUR® 2K21 is available now for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam*, Nintendo Switch™ system** and Stadia. Developed by HB Studios, the team behind The Golf Club 2019 […]

The red tees

A man was addressing the ball when an announcement came over the loudspeaker: “Will the gentleman on hole number one please not hit from the Ladies’ tee box.” The man backs away, a little distracted, then approaches his ball again. As he does, the same announcement comes over the loud-speaker: “Will the gentleman on hole […]

A hit with the wife

James and his friend Tom were playing a round of golf with their wives early on a Sunday. It was a four ball, better ball format with a little bit of cash on the line. James stood on the 10th tee having hooked his previous three tee shots, and to no one’s surprise he hooked his drive again. When he […]

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Opinions on the state of the game

When opportunity knocks

While COVID-19 has brought a lot of pain, suffering, chaos and confusion to the world, it has also (believe it or not) brought a potential shining light to the golf industry. There is a massive…and I mean MASSIVE…opportunity in golf at the moment. One of those “once in a hundred years” type of situations. Unfortunately, […]

A Matter of Perspective

SKY-High banana-slices out of bounds…fat/chunked chip shots…fried-egg bunker lies…tee shots landing in fairway divots…slow play…lip-outs…water balls…three-putts… …I enthusiastically cherished every single one of them last month. Following three months of government-imposed “prison time” here in Victoria, I was chomping at the bit to be able to (FINALLY) tee it up again on the golf course. […]

It’s OK to admit you’re not OK

This is extremely difficult to say. In fact, it’s all but overwhelming, and one of the hardest admissions I’ve ever made. But it needs to be said. Over the last few months, I’ve not been “OK”. Not at all. COVID-19 has taken its toll. From the daily ritual of nervously flicking on the TV to […]

Finding the light amidst the clouds

It’s safe to say that 2020 is proving to be one of the most difficult years in living memory. As I write this (in mid-March), Covid-19 / Coronavirus is running rampant across the planet, with people either locked-down, quarantined or brawling in the aisles for bathroom tissue. This all followed the rampant bushfires and floods […]

What a Waste (Management)

Across the globe, a lot has been written and said about the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Most notably, the discussion has centred around the topic of the Stadium Hole, which is a grandstand/corporate box that surrounds the par-3 16th hole of TPC Scottsdale, and is purpose-built to house and entertain tens of thousands […]

Hi, Tech!

Last month, I made the trek to Orlando, Florida, for the massive PGA Merchandise Show. Over four full days, I walked the “miles” of aisles, and sampled hundreds upon hundreds of products. One thing I noticed while touring this behemoth of a golf show, is that the level of innovation in the golf products industry […]

The Cup Runneth (and now it’s over)

Well, another Presidents Cup has been run and won…by the Americans. (Sigh) Immediately following the event, I, like most of Australia and the non-American-viewing-public, felt more than a bit flat. Not just because the International team lost what was shaping up to be a thrilling (and, let’s face it, a much-needed) victory throughout the week, […]

Thanks for asking

Many of you will recall that I wrote an article in the March issue about member/player surveys (“A Question Left Unasked”). In that column, I mentioned how surveys and feedback are the lifeblood of any business, especially those in the hospitality industry. Yet it’s almost unheard of in golf (which is a hospitality/entertainment business, in […]

Virtually (un)certain?

DURING last month’s GMA National Conference—where general managers and industry professionals met to discuss and address the many issues affecting golf clubs—I was fortunate to chat with dozens of delegates about a variety of issues plaguing their clubs. One such issue was the proliferation of “Virtual Clubs”—online-based or remotely-based groups that often operate independently of […]

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Reviews of golf gear and more

Test Drive: New Callaway Apex/Epic clubs and Clubfitting Studio

For over a decade, I’ve been espousing the benefits of getting properly fitted for a set of clubs. Buying a stock-standard set of clubs “off the rack” is like buying a random pair of size-9 shoes for a size-10 foot – you’ll be lucky if they fit, and even more lucky if they are actually […]

Test Drive: PowaKaddy CT6

Walking the golf course is one of the true joys of the game. Sure, a golf cart/car can add some convenience, but when you come right down to it, there are (in my mind, anyway) far fewer things better than experiencing a golf course on foot. And it can be even more enjoyable with a […]

Test-drive: Cobra T-Rail Hybrid-irons

When I first took up the game of golf (I was about four years-old) my father gave me a simple piece of advice which has stuck with me (on and off) throughout the years: “Let the club do the work,” he said. In practice, letting the club do the work is sometimes far easier said […]

Test-Drives: Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.4

Footwear on the golf course has come a long way over the years. When I took up the game nearly 50 years ago, golf shoes were essentially big, bulky, heavy monsters that (similar to my snow ski boots of that era) were so uncomfortable that I often couldn’t wait to get back into the locker […]

Odyssey Stroke Lab putters

Last month, I tested the latest “magic wands” from my favourite putter company, Odyssey. In the bag for my testing pleasure were the newly-released Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Ten and Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Bird of Prey. As I’ve said before, I’m quite smitten with Odyssey gear (my trusty O-Works Red two-ball putter has pride of place in […]

Test-drives – MIZUNO MP-20 IRONS

Mizuno irons have long been revered for their pure-feeling, high-performing qualities. Considered by many to be among the best irons in the industry, Mizuno clubs are finding their way into the hands of more Tour pros and amateurs alike these days. And for good reason…they help golfers get the job done. Just ask Brooks Koepka, […]

Test-drives: Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedges

Last month, I hit the course with the new Callaway Jaws MD5 Wedges.  Regular readers will know that Callaway Mack Daddy (MD) wedges are already my favourite wedges on the market, with two of them already holding pride of place in my bag as “gamers”. So I was extremely excited to test the latest models […]

Test-drives: MIZUNO RB TOUR AND RB TOUR X Ball

Last month, we tested the latest tour-calibre, four-piece golf balls from Mizuno, the RB TOUR and RB TOUR X, touted for their optimum greenside feel and excellent performance in the wind. 12 years in the making, the new ball is the result of rigorous wind tunnel testing at Mizuno’s test facility in Japan. Inside Golf […]

Test-drives: New Motocaddy M5 Connect DHC electric buggy

SMART devices are everywhere these days; from on-board navigation in our cars, to smart TVs to even programmable toasters, we are seeing the benefits of technology in even the most menial tasks in our lives. Luckily, such is the case with the new Motocaddy M5 Connect DHC Electric Buggy, a full-featured, powerful, “Smart” buggy that […]

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Everything else in world golf

2021 Australian PGA Championship dates announced

The PGA of Australia’s flagship tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, will return to its traditional summer timeslot. Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Australian PGA Championship will take place on 2-5 December at Brisbane’s historic Royal Queensland Golf Club. Tickets for the popular golf event are now on sale and […]

Study: Golfers have a unique personality profile

A current study by UK-based Sport Psychology Ltd (SPL) sheds an interesting light on the classic personality typology in golfers and the way it impacts their choice of equipment brand. The study is still collecting data, but SPL has released an early set of findings, which seems to indicate that golfers, as a group, make […]

Fore/Inside Golf Editor wins AGMA Award

The Australian Golf Media Association (AGMA) last night announced the winners of the 2019-2020 Australian Golf Media Awards, an annual event honouring excellence in golf media. Inside Golf editor Richard Fellner was awarded the highly-esteemed Best Photographic/Illustration Presentation award for his photograph of a burnt teemarker at Buchan Valley GC in East Gippsland, Victoria, following the state’s ravaging bushfires […]

Minjee Lee wins under lights in Dubai!

Australia’s Minjee Lee captured the OMEGA Dubai Moonlight Classic with a clutch birdie putt from 20ft at the first extra hole to beat France’s Celine Boutier in a thrilling shoot-out under the Middle Eastern moonlight. Following in the footsteps of previous champions including Annika Sorenstam, Lexi Thompson and Shanshan Feng, Lee came into the week […]

Vic Open cancelled for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting border closures along with international travel restrictions have forced the cancellation of the Vic Open scheduled for February, 2021. This follows last week’s regretful cancellation of the summer’s other premier golf events — the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open. The three organisations involved — Golf […]

Australia’s major golf events cancelled for 2020

Australia’s premiere golf events – the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open – have been cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19. PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman, ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn and Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland confirmed all three of the 2020 season events, which were recently rescheduled to […]

Study shows that golf improves muscle strength and balance

An international research study backed by The R&A has found new evidence to suggest golf can provide significant health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance.  Muscle strength and balance exercises form an important part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended guidelines to tackle physical inactivity in older […]

Golf Fore A Cause Partners with Lifeline Australia

Australian golf retailer Drummond Golf’s “Golf Fore a Cause” initiative has announced a partnership with Lifeline Australia, Australia’s largest suicide prevention service. Over the next three years, Golf Fore a Cause has pledged to donate $250,000 to Lifeline. The donation will provide much-needed support so Lifeline can continue to be there for the most vulnerable […]

Australian golf ‘booming’ from Covid-19

Golf is experiencing a pandemic-inspired boom, a new report has confirmed. In its Australian Golf Rounds – Trends and Impacts of Covid-19 report, Golf Australia confirms that despite parts of Victorian golf being shuttered for extended periods of 2020, year-to-date rounds played nationally are down only 1 per cent by the end of August. If […]

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