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Golf Australia March 2020

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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in this issue

4 min
“if ernie did anything, he left a legacy of really uniting the spirit of our team ...”

When the American team arrived in Melbourne for the Presidents Cup they were overwhelming favourites to win the trophy again. Despite missing World No.1 Brooks Koepka through injury and having most of the team endure a 30-hour flight from the Bahamas, there was no denying that on paper the United States were going to win and for many it was a case of waiting to see how much they would win by. The Internationals had only two players among the top 20 in the world ranking. The Tiger Woods-captained US had 10 players from the top 20, even without Koepka. Two of Woods’ picks, including himself, won major championships in 2019. But the Internationals had Ernie Els. He pulled together a team representing nine different countries and inspired them to play great golf.…

11 min
the national golf club

If there is such a thing as a ‘super club’, The National Golf Club can rightly claim to be one. In fact, there are few clubs around the world that can boast as many diverse and interesting holes as can be experienced at The National. Australia’s largest golf club boasts four 18-hole courses. There is the Old, Moonah and recently opened Gunnamatta layouts spread across exceptional golfing terrain on the oceanside of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula at Cape Schanck. Some 40 minutes’ drive north towards Melbourne is the club’s Long Island course. Long Island was added to the stable of The National’s courses after a merger five years ago. All four courses are ranked in Australia’s Top-100 Courses by Golf Australia magazine, with the Cape Schanck-based layouts all featured highly at No.10 (Gunnamatta), No.13…

2 min
fact file

THE COURSE LOCATION: The Cups Drive, Cape Schanck, Victoria, 3939; Long Island: Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Frankston, Victoria, 3199. CONTACT: (03) 5988 6666 (Cape Schanck); (03) 9786 4122 (Long Island). WEBSITE: www.nationalgolf.com.au DESIGNERS: Old Course – Robert Trent Jones Jnr (1987); Moonah Course – Greg Norman and Bob Harrison (2000); Gunnamatta Course – Tom Doak (2019); Long Island – Gordon Oliver (1938) and Vern Morcom (1945). SLOPE RATINGS: (Old Course) Men – Green 119, Red 121, Black 138; Women – Gold 120, Green 126, Red 139. (Moonah Course) Men – Black 133, Blue 126, Red 120; Women – Green 124, Red 133. (Gunnamatta Course) Men – Black 125. (Long Island) Men – Black 136, Blue 135, White 131; Women – Red 136. GREEN FEES: The National Golf Club is a private golf club. Interstate and overseas visitors can…

4 min
“i genuinely feared for my safety and that of my family.”

To be honest, I had no idea who they were. But when I tweeted some mildly disparaging remarks about what I saw as the unseemly/unprofessional behaviour of a group of media-credentialed individuals during the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, I was soon to find out what and who this thing called “barstoolsports” is and are. Boy, did I strike a nerve. My criticism was aimed at two things. First, these so-called “journalists” were shown high-fiving American captain Tiger Woods as he walked past, then giddily celebrating in a manner akin to six-year old children. Then, one of their brood – someone named “Frankie Borrelli” to be exact – followed up with a tweet referencing Woods’ singles match with Mexican, Abraham Ancer. “I want Ancer to quit the game of golf when Tiger is…

4 min
a world tour on the horizon

THE first whispers called it Tour de Force. Later it was being called the World Golf Series. Now, with the concept gaining significant momentum, it is known as the Premier Golf League (PGL). All of this 25 years after then World No.1 Greg Norman tried to take on the PGA Tour by launching a Global Golf Tour with bigger purses, increased TV coverage played at great courses around the world. The Federation of International Tours was created and the World Golf Championships, controlled by the major Tours, were born. The latest threat to the main circuits – the PGA and European Tours – is the PGL, which is the brainchild of merchant banker Colin Neville and lawyer Andrew Gardiner. Neville is a partner in The Raine Group – a global merchant bank that…

2 min
what players & officials are saying

“We don’t comment on the business of other Tours, real or hypothetical.” – PGA Tour issued statement. “I think they’ve been trying to move forward for eight years, but I can’t comment on the business of the PGA Tour or certainly one that is not real.” – European Tour CEO, Keith Pelley. “We’re aware of what is being proposed with this new league and that the Australian Open has been included in those plans. However, it is too early in the process to make any further comment.” – Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt. “It’s just a matter of getting all the right components together, whether players stay together. With my original concept, some players loved it and others didn’t like it. I had corporate, I had television, but you need 100 percent…