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Golf Australia September 2019

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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2 min.
play it as it lies

A QUESTION was recently posted on social media asking golfers; “If you had the power to change anything in golf, what would you change?” There was a torrent of replies. As one might expect, there was a large number suggesting ways to combat slow play and long rounds. There was also a ground swell of support for abolishing the current out-of-bounds rule of stroke and distance and replacing it with the lateral hazard rule where a penalty drop at the point of entry is adopted. This call is apparently in the name of speeding up play. While I’m sure Rory McIlroy, based on his opening hole effort at The Open Championship, might support such a move it would change the way we play holes bordered by out-of-bounds markers. Hitting out-of-bounds is the greatest…

9 min.
yarrawonga mulwala golf club resort mulwala • nsw

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s popularity as a one-stop shop destination for golfers is easy to understand when you consider it is just three hours’ drive from Melbourne, and a little over six from Sydney. Beyond its location on the banks of the mighty Murray River, among an embarrassment of enjoyable golf course riches, the two 18-hole loops at Yarrawonga Mulwala, the Murray and Lake, are among the best golfing options located on the famous watercourse. The Murray is ranked 51st and the Lake sits at 74th on Golf Australia magazine’s Top-100 Public Access Courses in 2019. The history of golf in the twin towns on either side of the state border, Yarrawonga in Victoria and Mulwala in New South Wales, dates back to 1886 and a three-hole course in the centre…

1 min.
fact file

THE COURSE LOCATION: Golf Club Road, Mulwala, NSW, 2647. CONTACT: (03) 5744 1911. WEBSITE: www.yarragolf.com.au DESIGNERS: Sam Berriman (1957); Peter Thomson Mike Wolveridge (1982 &1986). SLOPE RATINGS: Murray Course: Men – Blue 126; Yellow 125. Women – Red 129. Lake Course: Men – Blue 126; Yellow 125. Women – Red 126. PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana Couch (fairways and tees), bentgrass/Poa annua (greens). GREEN FEES: $55 (18 Holes), $33 (9 holes), $82 (daily access), $215 (five day Mon-Fri access). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Chris Burgess. PGA PROFESSIONALS: Evan Droop and Craig Stickling. THE CLUB MEMBERSHIP: There is a range of membership options on offer at Yarrawonga Mulwala including various age categories. For those living within a 100km radius of the Yarrawonga Post Office a full membership costs $368 per year with $130 joining fee, with players aged between 18 and 21 living in the…

4 min.
thought-provoking points from portrush

IT was great wasn’t it? The 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush proved to be at least the equal of any of its 147 predecessors in terms of storylines and pre-match expectations. But slightly off-camera there was a lot of thought-provoking stuff going on. Apart from Shane Lowry’s memorable victory that is, a touching triumph that will surely live long in the minds of those hardy enough to endure the sometimes monsoon-like conditions that prevailed during the final round. Let’s start with the internal out-of-bounds that provoked so much first tee angst for the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes, to name but three. It’s never good is it? Rows of white stakes marking nothing in particular well within the course boundaries is always an admission that the hole…

1 min.
hot shots

1 min.
north lakes closes

CLUB OWNER ADAM SIMPSON ANNOUNCED TO MEMBERS EARLY LAST MONTH THAT THE COURSE WOULD “STAY CLOSED” FROM AUGUST 11 AND CHANGE OWNERSHIP TWO DAYS LATER. Brisbane’s North Lakes Resort Golf Club closed in mid-August after its owner and developers, The Village Retirement Group, finalised the sale. Club owner Adam Simpson announced to members early last month that the course would “stay closed” from August 11 and change ownership two days later. The Village Retirement Group has plans to develop part of the course into a retirement village and aged care facility. Managing Director Justin Harrison said he would seek discussions with Moreton Bay Regional Council and the State Government about providing a substantial part of the land for use as a public asset. He said he did not expect to lodge a development application for…