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Golf Australia April 2021 - Issue #383

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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4 min
“... i don’t need to watch the world’s best players made to look second rate.”

Major championship golf is getting harder. Not just for the players, but for us … the fan in the gallery or the sleep-deprived devotee, as is the case here in Australia, who perches in front of the TV. It certainly isn’t any fun for the world’s best players to be made to look hopeless as they hack another shot somewhere in the direction of the green from rough so deep and thick that a machete would be more appropriate weaponry than a pitching wedge. From our side of the gallery ropes it makes for a less than spectacular event. Those fortunate enough to be in the crowd will no doubt get a lesson in the most appropriate expletive befitting another chip out en route to another bogey, or double. Which begs the question:…

8 min
lonsdale links bellarine peninsula • victoria

Ask any golfer who has visited the aptly-named Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria and it won’t be long before they’re heaping praise on the courses to be found in the golf-rich region. Well, Lonsdale Links is the latest addition to the list of ‘must-play’ layouts in the area and boy, does it hold its own against the heavy hitters of the Bellarine. Lonsdale Golf Club reopened as Lonsdale Links last December – following an impressive and extensive remodelling by the design team of Ogilvy, Cocking & Mead – and it’s already turning plenty of heads. The new design meanders its way around salt marshes and wetlands and has been laid out across coastal dunes next to the picturesque Lake Victoria. The 5,505-metre par-70 course is relatively short by modern standards. But its links qualities…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: 31 Clubhouse Drive, Point Lonsdale, Victoria. CONTACT: (03) 5258 1955. WEBSITE: www.lonsdalelinks.com.au DESIGNERS: Members (1922); Mick & Vern Morcom (1939 & 1954); Members (1982 & 1991); Ogilvy, Cocking and Mead (ongoing). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Heath D’Altera. PGA PROFESSIONAL: Laurie Chew (head professional). PLAYING SURFACES: Santa Ana couch (fairways); A1/A4 bentgrass (greens). GREEN FEES: $80 (18 holes, weekdays); $90 (18 holes, weekends and public holidays); $50 (18 holes after 3pm); $40 (juniors). MEMBERSHIPS: Lonsdale Links offers a wide range of membership categories to suit all ages and lifestyles, whether you’re an experienced golfer, new to golf or a regular visitor to the clubhouse and restaurant facilities. Seven-day memberships provide full access to the course and clubhouse and have an annual fee of $2,388 plus nomination fee. Intermediate memberships have an annual fee of $2,030 plus nomination fee and allow full…

4 min
“… anxiety levels in stroke-play cannot compare with those in match-play”

Here’s a question: When does stroke-play golf really become really interesting? That’s right. When it turns into matchplay. Think of the show Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson put on at Turnberry in the 1977 Open Championship – the “Duel in the Sun.” Or the unforgettable battle Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson fought out for the Claret Jug at Royal Troon five years ago. Technically stroke-play contests, each were, in effect, head-to-head matches, a fact that only enhanced both. Heart and soul far more than card and pencil. Which is why Golf Australia (the stewards of the game in your great country, not this esteemed publication) made a mistake and missed a point when they decreed that the men’s and women’s national amateur championships should from now on be decided over (yawn) 72-holes…

4 min
playing the nullarbor … on push bike

Michael Dillon left Ceduna Golf Club to cross the Nullarbor with nothing but eight litres of water, two days’ worth of food, three golf balls, some camping gear and his trusty 7-iron strapped to his bicycle. The resulting 28-day journey almost sounds like an unadulterated version of Mad Max … Dillon rode 1,365 kilometres to play the world’s longest golf course – Nullarbor Links – and met an array of fascinating people thanks to punctured tyres, exhausted rations, blistering heat and empty water bottles. The 59-year-old relief teacher, from Melbourne, has taken advantage of school holidays for the past decade or so to go on solo adventures, which have included the Camino de Santiago hike in Spain, climbing Tanzania’s Mt Kilimanjaro as well as Mt Everest Base Camp. Dillon was supposed to climb…

4 min
is the masters pimento cheese sandwich delicious?

YES ADRIAN LOGUE Golf AustraliaTop-100 Judge and contributing writer Some things are of their time and place. A genuinely good sausage sizzle can only be found at Bunnings. It’s a Wonderful Life is utterly unwatchable outside of Christmas. The Dagwood dog, deep fried cheese on a stick, fairy floss on a stick, corn on the cob … on a stick, come to think of it – ALL manner of food on a stick might as well not exist outside of the magical realm of the Royal Easter Show. Greco Roman wrestling only exists in the form of vaguely erotic marble statues that come to life at the Olympics every four years, then go back to being statues after the closing ceremony. They’re not actually humans – that’s a little-known scientific fact. My point is that some things…