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Golf Australia November 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
“i saw a woman walk a white duck across the 14th fairway while reading a book.”

SO, we’re heading into November, eight months after the coronavirus arrived on our shores. Hundreds of Australians have died, tens of thousands have lost their jobs or had reduced work hours and businesses have gone to the wall. I’m writing this on the first day of October and Melbournians are still in Stage 4 lockdown, most state borders remain closed and Victoria has been shut-off from the rest of the country. As you read this, I share hopes with everyone that these restrictions are a bad memory. As we reported in our August edition, there have been some positives to come from this pandemic. Golf has boomed during the past six months, with participation rates some of the highest the game has seen during the past two decades. This was even the case…

8 min
the lakes golf club

I remember it as if it was yesterday – the first time I walked onto the grounds of The Lakes Golf Club was on November 15, 1980 to watch the second round of the Australian Open. The first shot I saw played was a ripping drive down the opening hole. The player … Seve Ballesteros. For a 12-year-old boy who had quickly become obsessed by golf, this was far better than anything I was going to learn at school that Friday. It was a typical hot and steamy Sydney summer’s day, but I hardly noticed as my dad and I followed Seve, who was playing alongside the entertaining Chi Chi Rodriguez and the then reigning Australian Amateur champion, Roger Mackay. The fun really began on the back nine when a southerly bluster…

2 min
fact file

LOCATION: Cnr King St and Vernon Ave, Eastlakes, NSW, 2018 CONTACT: (02) 9669 1311. WEBSITE: www.thelakesgolfclub.com.au DESIGNERS: Eric Apperly & Tom Howard (1928); Bruce Devlin & Robert Von Hagge (1970); Mike Clayton Golf Design (2009). PLAYING SURFACES: Bentgrass (greens), kikuyu (fairways). GENERAL MANAGER: Andrew Kirkman. COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Anthony Mills. PGA PROFESSIONAL: Paul Sainsbury (Director of Golf); Charles Kares (teaching professional). GREEN FEES: The Lakes is a private member’s club. But some Mondays and Thursdays the club has one tee time each day for a non-member to have a game. $250 if you are a member of an Australian golf club, $400 if you are not. For bookings email the club: bookings@thelakesgolfclub.com.au MEMBERSHIPS: The Lakes has a diverse membership with more than a quarter of the membership being aged under 40. There is a relaxed and progressive culture at the…

3 min
the seven-year itch

WHERE has the time gone? When Adam Scott pulls into Augusta National’s Magnolia Lane for the first time at the 2020 Masters it will be seven years since the coveted green jacket was slipped over his white golf shirt. To be more precise, it will be 2,766 days since a nation of golf fans star-jumped from their lounges as his winning putt rolled perfectly into the cup. It’s often said a week is a long time in golf … 395 of them might seem like an eternity. But little has changed in terms of Australia’s Augusta assault. Scott, as was the case in 2013, heads to Augusta as this country’s highest-ranked player at No.11 in the world. In 2013, he was No.7 and rose to No.3 after his Masters win. “A LOT OF PAST…

2 min
in case you missed it

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews extended honorary memberships to CATRIONA MATTHEW, ERNIE ELS, PADRAIG HARRINGTON and NICK PRICE. “My whole career I have always had the utmost respect for everything The R&A does, administering the rules and doing an incredible job supporting and promoting golf at every level around the world. To be given Honorary Membership is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life,” Els said. USGA CEO MIKE DAVIS announced he will leave the organisation by the end of next year to pursue his passion for golf course design and architecture. Davis will partner with Tom Fazio II and his replacement at the USGA is expected to be decided by next year’s US Open. The Ladies European Tour announced that SAUDI ARABIA will host its first-ever…

3 min
the not so mad scientist

Bryson DeChambeau proved his doubters wrong when he overpowered Winged Foot’s brutish layout to claim his first major title at the US Open. The charismatic American, who studied physics at Southern Methodist University in Texas, has been dubbed the “Mad Scientist” for his unique approach to the game, which sees him utilise single-length irons and a one-plane swing. DeChambeau has also added an incredible amount of muscle mass to his frame – 20 kilograms in the past 12 months to be exact – in an effort to hit the ball further. It seems to be working, too. The World No.5 has added 21 metres to his average driving distance since the end of the 2019 PGA Tour season. So, how does DeChambeau’s weight gain translate into longer drives, and what are some of…