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Golf Australia February 2021 - Issue #381

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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3 min
“the new rules are designed to cast a spotlight on the game’s habitually slow players.”

If you have spent the past three or four months getting out on the golf course on a regular basis you will have noticed you’re not alone. Golf participation across Australia is booming. Time sheets at member clubs – private, semi-private and public – have been filling quickly, while new memberships are also on the rise. Long-time devotees of the game have started playing even more, while newcomers and others, who are rediscovering the game after some form of hiatus, have found a love for the game. It is the shining light for the sport in a past 12 months we’d all like to forget. However, with more people squeezing on to our golf courses the inevitable by-product will always be longer rounds. Throw a dozen slow players among a 100-120 golfers on…

10 min
growling frog golf club yan yean • victoria

Here’s an interesting thing. If we were to consider designing a course to meet the needs of the future, we could do well to hark back to a course that opened almost 17 years ago. Growling Frog is its name, and that’s a good start. Compelling and creative. That’s Marketing 101 right there. But it’s genuinely appropriate, too, named after the Growling Grass Frog, which is native to the Whittlesea area and in sore need of some support if he/she is to survive current endangered classification. Sustainability in golf, both in greenkeeping and in environmental responsibility, is an issue stretching into the future – largely due to less than perfect practices of the past – and Growling Frog is ahead of the game on that score. Then there’s the role that public courses…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: 1910 Donnybrook Road, Yan Yean, Vic. 3755. CONTACT: (03) 9716 3477. WEBSITE: www.growlingfroggolf.com.au DESIGNER: Graham Marsh (2004). PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana couch fairways, A-1 bentgrass greens. OPERATIONS MANAGER: Mal Jebb. COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Nathan Turner. PGA PROFESSIONALS: Tim Wood and Jack Cox. GREEN FEES: $50 (18 holes), $45 online. $32 (9 holes). See website for group, local resident and other discounts. GSM season passes $49 enable golfers to access discounted rates at their six courses across Australia. MEMBERSHIP: A number of different season passes are available with an option of monthly payment options. Resident Clubs – Growling Frog GC, Growling Frog Ladies GC and GSM GC. Members pay a small annual fee for golf league affiliation, insurance and club administration and then pay for play with priority tee times. FACILITIES: Restaurant, Café, Spike Bar, Driving Range. ACCOLADES: Ranked No.78 in Golf…

4 min
“weiskopf’s swing was a thing of beauty, an aesthetically pleasing blend of rhythm and timing...”

There have always been more than a few good reasons to like and enjoy Tom Weiskopf. The 1973 Open Champion is a rare breed, a man willing and well able to speak his nimble mind on any number of golf-related subjects. For decades now he has been one of the two or three best interviews in the game. And for a time he was also one of the most entertaining and informative voices in television commentary. “What’s going through Jack’s mind right now, Tom?” Weiskopf was asked on-air as Nicklaus stood on the 16th tee in the final round of the 1986 Masters the Golden Bear would go on to win. “If I knew that, I would have won this tournament,” was the classic, unforgettable and poignant response from the man, who was…

5 min
scott’s covid lessons

IT IS one of the most well-worn cliches in sport to take things one week/day/round/game at a time. But for Australia’s highest-ranked male player, Adam Scott, that is just how he will be approaching 2021. “WELL, YOU KIND OF HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN … THINGS ARE CHANGING. EVEN JUST GETTING HERE TO HAWAII, THE PARAMETERS CHANGED LIKE THREE TIMES IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP.”– ADAM SCOTT Beginning 2020 in arguably his best form since winning The Masters in 2013, the Queenslander was victorious at his first PGA Tour start of the year at the Genesis Invitational. That win came just two months after claiming his last tournament of 2019 at the Australian PGA Championship. However, like the entire world, Scott’s year was derailed by COVID-19. The 40-year-old played a very light schedule…

2 min
in case you missed it

LPGA Commissioner MIKE WHAN announced that he will step down this year via an open letter to LPGA staff, players and sponsors in early January. Whan, who marked 11 years in the role in 2020 and is the organisation’s longest serving Commissioner, did not indicate his successor or end date to his tenure. “I simply wouldn’t leave the LPGA if I thought the future was uncertain or not trending straight up,” Whan wrote. Former Tour player turned commentator Ewan Porter’s ADIDAS JUNIOR 6s tournament series will head to Royal Melbourne Golf Club for its finale in 2021. Announced via the Golf Australia magazine website, the series, which includes qualifying events and a points system, will conclude on October 25-26 at the famed venue with the full schedule yet to be announced…