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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 […]

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 […]

The funeral

Two golfers are ready to play on the 11th tee as a funeral cortege passes by. The first player stops, doffs his cap, and bows his head as the cortege passes. “That was a really nice thing to do,” the second golfer says. “It’s good to see there is still some respect in the world.” “Well, […]

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Opinions on the state of the game

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 […]

Fixing slow play

Nearly every day, I read or hear reports concerning slow play in golf. Having played the game for nearly 50 years, I can attest that slow play is indeed one of the most frustrating parts of the game. And over those years, I have discovered the many causes (and many solutions) to this bane of […]

Golfers (Still) Just Want Fun…Not Futility

Last month, Golf Australia released their annual National Golf Club Participation Report, which detailed the national trends on membership, competition rounds, general participation and specific program participation. The report, which is available online at https://bit.ly/2Hi6JSq, revealed that golf membership is continuing its steady decline on a national level. Essentially, fewer golfers are opting to join […]

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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

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 […]

Sports Happiness Index: Which Fans Are The Happiest? (Hint: it’s Golf!)

After CNBC reported that sports fans have higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of loneliness and tend to be more satisfied with their life compared to those who aren’t interested in sports, analysts at Golfsupport were keen to uncover once and for all which fans are the happiest. Golfsupport surveyed 6,530 sports fans worldwide to […]

Australian PGA Championship postponed until February 2021

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia has postponed the Australian PGA Championship to 18-21 February 2021. With a raft of strict control measures in place across most Australian states, the difficult decision to reschedule the tournament was made in hope restrictions will ease by early next year. It means fans will have the ability to see […]

International #ThankASuper Day

As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing requirements, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 23 September 2020, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA) in conjunction with other global superintendent and turf management organisations, is recognising those who help keep the game going […]

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Henny Youngman

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