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Golf Australia September 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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2 min
“truth be told, we all know what we’ve got, you just never think you’re going to lose it.”

Life has been more complicated for all of us during the past six months. In the last days of compiling this edition, Victoria was entering a six-week lockdown as a second wave of COVID-19 saw a spike in positive cases and deaths. Curfews and tight restrictions were employed, which forced the closure – again – of golf courses in and around Melbourne. A mate, having played his last round of golf the afternoon before the lockdown was enforced, texted me a nice sunset course photo with the words: “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Truth be told, we all know what we’ve got, you just never think you’re going to lose it. This all got me thinking beyond the lockdown and the obvious disappointment most Victorian golfers would be feeling. I…

7 min
the brisbane golf club yeerongpilly • queensland

Carnegie Clark was one of a host of professional Scottish golfers, who immigrated to Australia in the earliest years of the 20th century, and would ultimately play a major role in steering the course of golf in this country. The 21-year-old professional stepped ashore in January 1902 after Holdsworth MacPherson & Company, proprietors of The Sydney Sports Depot, paid his passage to Australia to work in their store as the resident professional. His engagement was “to advise layout and improvement of links and to coach players.” The hard-worker from Carnoustie was in immediate demand by suburban Sydney clubs. Eight months after arriving he left Sydney on a northern tour taking in stops at Grafton, Glen Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Tenterfield and Toowoomba where matches were played, equipment orders taken and course advice provided.…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: Tennyson Memorial Ave, Yeerongpilly, Queensland, 4105. CONTACT: (07) 3848 1008. WEBSITE: www.brisbanegolfclub.com.au DESIGNERS: Carnegie Clark (1904); other design influences included Dr Alister MacKenzie, Joe Kirkwood, Al Howard and Wayne Grady; Ross Watson (2007-2020). GREEN FEES: The Brisbane GC is a private club. Members of reciprocal clubs are welcome and opportunities to play do exist for international and interstate visitors. Interstate visitors $150; Member’s guest $75. COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Mitch Hayes. PGA PROFESSIONALS: Joe Janison (Director of Golf), Gary Calder, Lee Eagleton and Reece McRae (teaching professionals). MEMBERSHIPS: The Brisbane Golf Club offers a wide range of membership types and categories including seven- and six-day memberships, as well as a host of age based memberships. The club has one of the most successful Ladies’ Let’s Golf programs in Queensland and the junior membership, with coaching clinics conducted regularly, is…

4 min
“dechambeau’s level of behaviour often veers more towards malevolent than magnificent.”

According to the outwardly happy, always smiling band of television commentators who chat to us so amiably about the PGA Tour, everything about the PGA Tour is just peachy keen. There is absolutely nowhere in the world they would rather be than out there on the PGA Tour. (By the way, that’s “PGA Tour,” not “PGA TOUR,” which is the more dramatic version favoured by the Ponte Vedra, Florida-based organisation). It is also important for the talking heads to say “PGA Tour” as often as possible. Not that there is any pressure from Commissioner Jay Monahan or his hordes of blazer-wearing employees. Heaven forbid. Anyway, at least in the parallel universe occupied by the perpetually grinning inhabitants of TV land, everyone and anyone involved in the always warm and fuzzy presentation of…

7 min
study: golf’s benefit to the environment

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) has released a document to highlight the range of unique ways Australia’s golf courses contribute to the conservation and management of our natural resources. The document – titled “Golf: Benefits to the Environment” – has been designed to promote golf as a leader in sustainable sport and business and outlines eight benefits that well-designed golf courses in Australia provide to the community, including: 1. Preserving open space and remnant vegetation in rural and urban environments. “Golf courses preserve open space and remnant vegetation, and protect and enhance flora and fauna within both rural and urban environments across more land than 60,000 SCGs.” 2. Promoting indigenous flora and fauna and the Australian landscape experience. “Golf courses promote and protect the indigenous flora and fauns which is a critical…

3 min
greener pastures

“SPRING IS THE TIME FOR PREPARING THE TURF FOR NEW GROWTH AND THE WARMER MONTHS.”– DAVID MASON, METROPOLITAN GOLF CLUB Whether you play golf on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis, chances are you’ve taken the occasional practice swing on your front or back lawn and caused damage to your turf. The odds of that happening have probably doubled during the coronavirus pandemic periods of hibernation. With that in mind, we spoke with some of the country’s best superintendents and grass gurus to get their top tips on how to rejuvenate your lawn. There are few golf courses on the planet with better playing surfaces than those found at The Metropolitan Golf Club on the Melbourne Sandbelt. So, naturally, the club’s superintendent, David Mason, was our first port of call. How does Mason…