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Golf Australia October 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

3 min
“if it ain’t broke … ”

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to regularly smash your drives 300 yards, consistently hit 15 or 16 greens in regulation a round and never, never, never have the fear of hitting a skanky shot along the ground, much to the delight of your mates? I have. Probably from the very first rounds I played as a teen I would tinker with something. With each new golf magazine that hit the shelves, I would study the tips far more intensely than anything I brought home from school and I would be on the range working through the next thing that was going to cut shots from my handicap. I’m now in my early 50s and I’m still tinkering away. Working for a golf magazine you’re exposed to reams of…

8 min
magenta shores golf & country club

The first six years of this century produced a boom in new golf course construction in this country. This brief period saw the likes of Barnbougle Dunes, St Andrews Beach, Ellerston, The National’s Moonah Course, 36 holes at Thirteenth Beach and Moonah Links, Brookwater, Hamilton Island, The Vintage, Ranfurlie, Sanctuary Lakes, Pelican Waters, The Glades and Pacific Harbour all added to the Australian golfing landscape. Most of these creations were crafted from beautiful golfing terrain, while others, like The Glades and Pelican Waters rose from disused floodplains, and Sanctuary Lakes laid upon salt flats. And then there is the unlikely story of Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club, born out of a seaside rubbish tip to immediately cement its place among these aforementioned courses in the ranking of the Top-100 Courses in the…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: 1 Magenta Drive, Magenta, NSW, 2261. CONTACT: (02) 4336 0100. WEBSITE: www.magentagolf.com.au DESIGNER: Ross Watson (2006). GREEN FEE: Magenta Shores G&CC is a private club. $99 (walking), $124 (including cart). Visitors are welcome to play but access is limited to invited members’ guests, organised groups of eight or more or guests staying at the adjoining Pullman Magenta Shores Resort. COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: James Newell. MEMBERSHIP: There are nine categories of membership on offer at Magenta Shores, ranging from discounted rates for young golfers up to the age of 29, to limited golf and unlimited golf options. An unlimited Individual membership costs $3,860 annually and adds other benefits and privileges, including motorised cart and shop discounts, free range balls, the ability to invite unaccompanied guests and more. Magenta Shores also offers a dual membership category with the same…

4 min
“the talents of those occupying the highest spots in the world rankings are being wasted …”

Whenever I bang on about the increasingly one-dimensional nature of the play at (male) golf’s elite level, I have first to make myself clear. The stars of our game are, generally speaking, sensitive souls quick to take offence even when none is intended. Egos, you know. So, let’s knock on the head right now the often-stated, but mistaken, response to my assessment of the dominant style of play on Tour. My hopefully constructive and thought-provoking criticism is not an attack on the talent-levels owned by those at the sharp end of the game. Far from it. To argue that men like Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm are not incredibly gifted individuals would be ridiculous. They are clearly worthy of our admiration and praise. But comparisons between them and…

4 min
striking a blow for public golf

Four years ago, the drums were beating of the imminent closure of Warringah Golf Club, one of only a few public golf courses to be found on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. A meeting in 2016 of the then recently formed Northern Beaches Council did little to quell increasing speculation that the course, laid upon land leased by the club continuously since 1934, would either close or be cut in half to provide nine holes only. The council’s administrator at the time, Dick Persson, told the meeting he wanted to convert nine holes into sports fields, after intense lobbying from local sporting clubs complained of a lack of playing facilities in the area. “We were dead and buried,” says Warringah Golf Club President, Scott Campbell. “But through the fighting spirit of the club we were able…

2 min
in case you missed it

The EUROPEAN TOUR unveiled three new tournaments as part of its reshaped 2020 International Schedule. The Cyprus Open and Cyprus Classic will be played consecutively at Aphrodite Hills Resort from October 29 to November 1 and November 5-8, respectively. The Scottish Championship, meanwhile, will take place at Fairmont St Andrews from October 15-18. Perth’s CURTIS LUCK won his first Korn Ferry Tour title by claiming the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. Luck reached 10-under-par 274 to defeat Theo Humphrey, Taylor Montgomery and Cameron Young by one shot. Receivers have been appointed to sell THE SANDS TORQUAY golf course and adjoining hotel on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula. Originally developed by Paddy Handbury, the layout was designed by leading pro Stuart Appleby and IMG, while the 112-room hotel…