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Golf Australia July 2019

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Each month, Golf Australia showcases great Australian courses and golfing holidays, profiles players and conducts road tests of the latest equipment. Leading PGA professional share instruction tips to improve your game and keep your handicap tumbling.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
playing by the rules

I HAVE to confess that after playing golf for more than 35 years I do not know all the Rules of Golf. I know the basics – you know, those rules that you come across every round or two, depending on how well you play. Water hazards, lateral hazards, out-of-bounds, lost ball, provisional ball, moving ball … they’re a snap. Given there are no rabbits or wombats where I play regularly, I don’t see the need to know the ins and outs of the procedure for taking relief from a hole made by a burrowing animal. If, however, as Murphy’s Law suggests that I do happen to hit into a hole made by a burrowing animal, I will seek guidance from the rules book in my bag. The fact that I actually…

6 min.
port fairy golflinks port fairy • victoria

Playing the great links courses of Britain has always been one of the most exhilarating experiences in golf. The springy turf, at its best reminiscent of velvet, is unique and a joy to hit irons shots from. The tumbling ground affords wildly differing stances forcing players to constantly adapt to the unusual, the wind is a constant presence and the bunkers are truly fearsome hazards to be avoided at all costs. In Australia, we have courses people refer to as links but in truth they are usually courses played over undulating, sandy land and often with big dunes as a part of the landscape. They are vastly different to the true British or Irish links – famous and not so – that fill the narrow strips of land ‘linking’ the beach and…

1 min.
fact file

THE COURSE LOCATION: Woodbine Rd, Port Fairy, Victoria, 3284. CONTACT: (03) 5568 1654. WEBSITE: www.portfairygolf.com.au DESIGNERS: Members (1963); Kevin Hartley (1985); Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking & Mead (2001 and ongoing). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Troy Richardson. PGA PROFESSIONAL: Anthony Warburton. SLOPE RATINGS: Men – Blue 124; White 118. Women – Red 119. PLAYING SURFACES: Couch (fairways and tees); Bentgrass/Poa annua (greens). GREEN FEES: $49 (18 holes); $15 (juniors, 18 holes). THE CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Full Ordinary memberships cost $680 and provide playing rights seven days per week. Country memberships, to those living outside 40km of the Port Fairy Post Office, cost $520. RECIPROCAL CLUBS: Warringah GC, Howlong GC; cluBarham Golf & Sports, Murray Downs (NSW); Mt Gambier GC (SA); The West Australian GC (WA); Ranfurlie GC, Neangar Park GC, Lonsdale GC (Victoria). PLAY & STAY: Langley’s Booking Service has teamed with Port Fairy Links to offer a…

4 min.
inside the world of unreality tv

THE GREAT – and now, sadly, late – Dan Jenkins always used to greet me the same way when I bumped into him at the four major championships. “Well,” said the Texan, one of the game’s most gifted and humorous wordsmiths, “what’s pissing you off this week?” So let me tell you. Stuff heard on television. Unlike, ahem, hard-working and ever-literal journalists, people in jackets talking to us from the confines of the cathode ray tube get away – too often unchallenged – with all kinds of utter nonsense and falsehoods. For maybe the one-millionth time, that thought struck me the other night as I watched what used to be called the Colonial Invitational. I forget what it is now. Anyway, the culprit was Craig Perks, a former Players champion and now…

1 min.
hot shots

2 min.
swing your way to vegas

ONE of the largest amateur golf challenges ever run in Australia is underway and you could be the player who heads to Las Vegas for the final. Leading golf event management company, 3 Links Golf, in partnership with TaylorMade, has launched its 2019 Order of Merit, which is open to all amateur golfers with official Golf Australia handicaps and participation in the event is not specific to any one club or competition. So, whether entry is via one of the 15 rounds of the 3 Links Golf Challenge Series events, which are held on some of Australia’s best golf courses, or independently via a local club competition, players have the chance to submit their 10 best rounds to be in the running to qualify for the Order of Merit final in Las…