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Golf Australia May 2021- Issue #384

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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2 min
“... looking for wayward balls in high rough, for example, is no fun”

Golf is meant to be fun. The definition of ‘golf fun’ is different for all of us. It could be the joy derived from trying to better your handicap or holing a putt to beat your mate in a close match. For some, there is the simple pleasure of just trying to hit different shots without keeping score. Each to their own I say. Golf courses, obviously, play an integral part of in how much ‘golf fun’ you have. Playing a course where you are constantly looking for wayward balls in high rough, for example, is no fun. A course can be a stern test but remain fun to play. Then there is a layout like Barnbougle’s new course, Bougle Run, which, for mine, is golf’s version of spending a few hours at…

7 min
the kooralbyn valley national golf course scenic rim • queensland

The grandfather of Australian golf, the late great Norman von Nida, didn’t need much convincing the first time he laid eyes on Kooralbyn’s championship course when it opened for play in October 1979. “There should be one like this in Heaven,” he said glowingly. Nestled in Kooralbyn Valley in Queensland’s picturesque Scenic Rim – just over an hour’s drive south west of Brisbane and west of the Gold Coast – it offers a layout like few in Australia. It is set against the magnificent backdrop of the MacPherson Ranges, with clear country air and stunning sunrises and sunsets over the valley. The course aside, von Nida was astute in his observation. It is a beautiful setting for golf. Kooralbyn is Australia’s first golf resort, having been built in the late 1970s by…

1 min
fact file

LOCATION: Routley Drive, Kooralbyn, Queensland. CONTACT: (07) 5544 5919. WEBSITE: www.thekooralbynvalley.com.au DESIGNER: Desmond Muirhead (1979). COURSE SUPERINTENDENT: Jeremy Parry. GREEN FEES: $60 (18 holes, weekdays); $80 (18 holes, weekends and public holidays). Prices include twin share motorised cart. MEMBERSHIPS: Kooralbyn has six membership categories with full seven-day membership costing $79 per month or $948 per annum. COPPERHEAD CHALLENGE: Is played every Thursday and public holidays (except Christmas Day). Any player who breaks their handicap wins a dozen balls. ACCOMMODATION: The Kooralbyn has a wide range of accommodation options including suites and penthouses. The resort is not just a hub for golf with other activities including mountain biking, kayaking, bushwalking, archery and laser clay pigeon shooting.…

4 min
“... the leading women fell into the trap of directly comparing themselves with the men.”

Let’s be honest here. It has long been clear that professional golfers play a ‘different game’ to the rest of us. Those who golf their balls for a living do everything bigger and better. And today those differences have never been more conspicuous. More so than at any other time in the history of the sport – given how far those who compete for cash now tend to launch their drives – it simply isn’t possible to compare average amateurs of either gender with the pros. Like it or not, in the modern world there is only a passing resemblance between the two extremes. That undeniable fact is equally true when analysing the relative merits of the leading men against their female counterparts. For reasons that are mostly to do with…

2 min
putting on the blitz

The innovative Blitz Golf that aims to turn our local golf professionals into rock stars is back and bigger than ever in 2021. Additional events, a new finals series and new ways for players to earn a spot are among the changes to Blitz Golf that will return over the summer of 2021/22. Consistently growing from its early days, and after still managing to attract 2,000 spectators to a half-day event at Glenelg Golf Club despite COVID-19 in 2020, plans are afoot to further expand Blitz Golf around the country and overseas. “Our format is faster, louder and bolder than the traditional golfing tournament and the next series is shaping as our biggest series yet and will culminate with the richest single day event in Australia,” Blitz Golf’s Simon Zybek told Golf…

4 min
is it time for the us pga championship to go global?

YES ROD MORRI Golf Australia’s podcast, The Thing About Golf, host and columnist Golf is a global game though, if the men’s four major tournaments are the measure you, wouldn’t know it. Three of the game’s four Grand Slam events are contested on American soil and in a world where 55 of the top-100 in the Official World Golf Ranking are from outside the US, that makes little – if any – sense. As more than one analyst has noted over the years, if you were starting over with golf you would never arrange it this way. Unfortunately, however, we don’t get to start over which means a solution to this problem needs to be retro-fitted. Thankfully, there is a ready-made answer that ticks every box (unless you happen to be American) and that is to take…