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Golf Australia March 2021 - Issue #382

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
“… small crowds, quality course, great golf, no gallery ropes – i want more.”

Kim Felton was a pretty handy player in his day. He won the Australian Amateur in 1997 and took individual honours the following year at the Eisenhower Trophy. The pro ranks beckoned, and he won 14 titles in his career, including one on the secondary US Tour. It was only eight years ago that he tied fourth at the Australian Open alongside Justin Rose and just three strokes out of a play-off with eventual winner Peter Senior. Today, it would seem, he’s a pretty good ideas man as well. Since retiring as a Tour professional in 2016, Felton has been working with the PGA of Australia. He was the organisation’s State Manager for South Australia and his home state, Western Australia. Today, he is the PGA’s Tour Development Manager and the first idea –…

7 min
narooma golf club south coast new south wales

It is 14 months since the place I believe is a little slice of heaven looked like it was on the doorstep of hell. I’m sure none of us, particularly those living on New South Wales’ South Coast, will ever forget the catastrophic bushfires in which eight people died and more than 65 percent of land along a 300-kilometre stretch was destroyed. On Saturday January 4, 2020, the skies above Narooma turned an apocalyptic orange as fires north, west and south of the seaside town, which became a hub for evacuating residents as well as Christmas holidaymakers. All were forced to seek shelter anywhere they could, and Narooma Golf Club came to the fore. The 1st and 7th fairways were quickly filled with evacuees and their vehicles. “The course had cars, caravans, trucks…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: Ballingalla St, Narooma. The club is a five-hour drive south of Sydney or three hours by road from Canberra and about eight hours from Melbourne. CONTACT: (02) 4476 0500. WEBSITE: www.naroomagolf.com.au DESIGNER: John Spencer (1980). PLAYING SURFACES: Kikuyu fairways and tees, bentgrass greens. PGA PROFSSIONAL: Colin Holmes. COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Scott Harris. GREEN FEES: $60 (18 holes); $40 (12 holes); $24 (six holes). Visitors competition green fee is $42. MEMBERSHIPS: A variety of membership categories are available with full membership costing $990 a year, with no entrance fee. ACCOMMODATION: The club has close associations with a range of local motels and holiday apartments offering play and stay packages. One of those is the Amooran Oceanside Apartments (across the road from the 7th hole), which offers brilliant views across the course and out to Montague Island. Play and stay packages…

4 min
“the professional game, as a whole, has definitely not improved ... not as a spectacle.”

I’m 60 years of age. I know what you’re thinking. Even a cursory glance at the picture of the dashingly handsome figure at the top of this page makes it hard to imagine I’m really that old. But it’s the awful truth. Which is one way of saying I’m nearer the end than the beginning. And when that is the case, not many aspects of life are as good as they once were. Physical things, especially. The hair on my head is a thing of the past. I sleep less than I used to. I go to the toilet more often every night. Bending over to put on socks is increasingly an expedition into the unknown. That sort of stuff. But here’s the thing. In so many ways, golf is like me.…

5 min
a brand (less) new day

Anew season, or year, is often a time for change for professional golfers. Changes to equipment are common. So too coaches. Many emerging from what little “off season” there is with a new perspective on their career or the game itself. For Jason Day, all of the above is true. The former World No.1 is targeting a climb back to the pinnacle of the game having slipped to No.43 in the ranking at the time of writing. Day’s change to his clubs were rumoured for some time before he confirmed he and TaylorMade, his sponsor for all of his PGA Tour career, had parted ways. “Yeah, there’s no contract in place right now,” Day said in the lead up to the Farmers Insurance Open. “I’m pretty happy with how things are progressing. I’ve got an…

2 min
in case you missed it

Tasmania’s BARNBOUGLE DUNES has been voted one of the world’s top-30 Instagram-popular courses. The list, published online by Surprizeship, was compiled using the number of images posted on Instagram and included the likes of Royal County Down at No.1 (89,293 images), Augusta National (No.2 with 71,132) and the Old Course St Andrews (35,731). Barnbougle was the only Australian course to crack the top-30 with 7,667 images to claim 15th spot. The R&A has declared the OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP will be played in 2021, with or without fans, at Royal St George’s. CEO Martin Slumbers said: “I think there’s a very good possibility we will be able to have spectators, but we will have to wait and see how many.” Former Touring professional turned broadcaster Ewan Porter revealed the schedule for the inaugural ADIDAS JUNIOR 6s…