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Golf Australia December 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

4 min
“it’s all in the name of stepping back in time to play the game of our youth or generations past.”

Unless you live in the social media world of golf equipment nerds like I do you might not be unaware of the revolution happening in the game. It’s retro golf. People from all across the globe are dusting off their old clubs or scouring the likes of ebay and gumtree looking for vintage clubs and balls to buy. It’s all in the name of stepping back in time to play the game of our youth or generations past – to experience the sound of a solid drive with a persimmon wood, to roll a putt with a skinny-headed Bullseye putter or feel the softness of a well-struck balata. It’s all very romantic. I confess I too have been seduced into this retro golf world. There are some out there who only play with vintage…

9 min
hamilton island

There are few, if any, more beautiful settings on the planet to play golf than in the heart of Queensland’s world-famous Whitsunday Islands at the Hamilton Island Golf Club. I’m certainly not alone in singing the praises of this Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett-designed layout and the million-dollar views you can experience from every corner of the course. “It is one of the most beautiful golfing venues in the world,” says one of Queensland’s favourite golfing sons, Ian Baker-Finch. “The Whitsundays are the Greek Islands of Australia, with better weather, spectacular beaches and an easy-going lifestyle and Hamilton Island lies right in the middle of it. I love it. “The golf course is spectacular. It can be a tough course because there is always some kind of wind. But if you go there with…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: Dent Island, Whitsunday Passage. CONTACT: (07) 4948 9760. WEBSITE: www.hamiltonislandgolfclub.com.au DESIGNERS: Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett (2009). PLAYING SURFACES: Bermuda TifEagle (greens), Greenlees Park couch (fairways, tees and rough). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Brad Hole. GREEN FEES: $160 (18 holes, including ferry transfers from Hamilton Island and GPS-fitted electric golf cart). Club hire: $45 per person. FACILITIES: The stunning clubhouse offers views of Passage Peak, the Coral Sea and surrounding islands. As well as a bar and outstanding restaurant, there’s also a well-stocked Pro Shop and locker rooms. ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES: Hamilton Island has a large range of accommodation options available from premium luxury through to affordable island bungalows. The club is offering a Golf Getaway Package including three nights’ accommodation, daily breakfast as well as a round of golf starting from $645 per person twin share. For more details visit the…

4 min
“all about subtlety and nuance, it had nothing to do with science and everything to do with art.”

Picture the scene. In weather that was a wee bit windy and damp (okay, it was blowing a gale and the rain was coming down sideways) Tommy Fleetwood is on the par-3 14th tee at the Renaissance Club during the third round of the recent Scottish Open. One day later, the 30-year old Englishman would lose to Aaron Rai at the first hole of their sudden-death play-off.To do so, Fleetwood missed from not much more than three-feet, badly pulling his putt to the point where his feeble effort did not even touch the edge of the cup. Still, such miserable failure was in complete contrast to the shot this consummate ball-striker conjured up off that 14th tee. But let’s allow Fleetwood to start the story properly. “(Caddie) Ian (Finnis) gave me the…

5 min
from bust to boom

YOU’VE probably never heard of the Tarnagulla and District Golf Club. You won’t find it on any national ranking lists. But it is a much-loved little nine-hole country course that has been around for 103 years, with a devoted membership that is growing ... just a handful of years after being on the verge of extinction. This story begins in 1917 with the opening of nine fairways and sand-scrape greens laid out on a cleared reserve to the north of what once was a bustling goldfields town, Tarnagulla. Today, Tarnagulla could almost be classed as a ghost town: a speck on a map on the highway 30 minutes west of Bendigo, with all the old diggings returned to the rugged bush, and just 300 or so permanent residents. According to the Club President,…

2 min
in case you missed it

World No.1 DUSTIN JOHNSON and 2013 Masters champion ADAM SCOTT both returned positive COVID-19 tests. Johnson and Scott were the 11th and 12th players, respectively, to test positive for the virus since the PGA Tour resumed its schedule on June 18. Others have included Tony Finau, Branden Grace and Cameron Champ. The OUTBACK QUEENSLAND MASTERS scored a win at the 2020 Australian Event Awards, receiving the award for Australia’s Best New Event. The judges described the Outback Queensland Masters as an“innovative, ground-breaking, inclusive, fun and creative” event. The Outback QLD Masters is the richest amateur golf tournament in the world, the idea for the event was born of a need to drive longer overnight visitation for Outback Queensland, enabling visitors to genuinely connect with locals through golf. South Korean SEI YOUNG KIM secured her…