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Australia's 100 Best Long Par-4s

Australia's 100 Best Long Par-4s

The best long two-shotters test a player’s ability to execute a pair of classy long shots. At the same time, they show off interesting strategies most often built around a green benefiting a shot played from a particular part of the fairway. 17 Nov 2020
Australian summer of golf cancelled

Australian summer of golf cancelled

It is with regret that the Australian golf industry announces this summer’s premier events – the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open – have been cancelled. 16 Oct 2020
Course Design: Beyond COVID

Course Design: Beyond COVID

From the golf courses played on the game’s biggest pro Tours to interesting short courses and the public layouts in our biggest urban centres, the architectural quality of those layouts in a post-COVID golfing world will be important for the game and the environment. 7 Oct 2020
Australia's 100 Best Short Par-4s

Australia's 100 Best Short Par-4s

At the heart of all great short par-4s is the interesting choice to be made on the tee. As a rule, if you decide to eschew the challenge and play the ‘easy’ tee shot the pitch will be pretty demanding. It works the other way too. 5 Oct 2020
Australia's 100 Best Par-3s

Australia's 100 Best Par-3s

Bigger is not always better and, when it comes to golf, the shortest offerings can often provide the most memorable moments during a round. They can be the most picturesque and, in many cases, they can be the most difficult holes. 8 Sep 2020
Jones unlikely to defend Australian Open title

Jones unlikely to defend Australian Open title

Two-time Australian Open champion Matt Jones says it’s going to be tough for him to defend the Stonehaven Cup at Kingston Heath, regardless of whether the event is played during its traditional end-of-year time slot or pushed back to February next year. 24 Jun 2020
Morri: McIlroy’s Australian Open motivation

Morri: McIlroy’s Australian Open motivation

If we played the Australian Open on the Sandbelt every year, would the world’s best players flock to be a part of it? 18 May 2020
Opinion: When honesty isn’t the best policy

Opinion: When honesty isn’t the best policy

Honesty is always appreciated by the media, and fans, when interviewing players. 12 May 2020
REVIEW: Gary Lisbon golf course jigsaw puzzles

REVIEW: Gary Lisbon golf course jigsaw puzzles

It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention and in these challenging Covid-19 times many businesses have been greatly affected. 11 May 2020
Late Masters an issue for Aussie Open: Day

Late Masters an issue for Aussie Open: Day

Jason Day says he would love to face off against Adam Scott at the Australian Open but the late-season Masters could complicate Australia's top male golfers returning this year. 7 May 2020
Clayton calls on stars to prop up Aussie summer

Clayton calls on stars to prop up Aussie summer

Mike Clayton has challenged the likes of Jason Day and Adam Scott to rush home after the Masters to give Australian golf a boost in the post-coronavirus era. 6 May 2020
Will there be an Australian Open in 2020?

Will there be an Australian Open in 2020?

Most major sports have unveiled plans to return at some stage in 2020, including golf. The PGA Tour’s June restart combining with other factors to perhaps push our national Open off the schedule this year. 4 May 2020
The Architects’ Series: Legacy of the Morcoms

The Architects’ Series: Legacy of the Morcoms

Mick Morcom and his son, Vern, were this country’s most pre-eminent greens keepers for more than half a century, but their influence on course design and construction remain today. 19 Mar 2020
What now for Royal Melbourne?

What now for Royal Melbourne?

The Presidents Cup reacquainted the golfing world with the majesty of Royal Melbourne Golf Club. But what lies ahead for the famed Dr Alister MacKenzie layout? 16 Mar 2020
RANKING: Australia's Top-100 Courses for 2020

RANKING: Australia's Top-100 Courses for 2020

After two years of judging, here is the most comprehensive ranking of the nation’s finest 100 layouts in the land. 10 Feb 2020
Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Course Design: Two-Shot Stars

Two-shot holes – whether they are medium to long par-4s or short par-5s – make up the majority of holes we all play. Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton explains what separates the great from the good and reveals a host of Australia’s best. 17 Jul 2019
Course Design: Short Fours

Course Design: Short Fours

Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton dissects the qualities of what makes a great short par-4 and reveals some of the best in the game can be found here in Australia. 4 Jul 2019
Course design: The joy of 3s

Course design: The joy of 3s

One-shot holes are golf’s great leveller, where professionals and high handicappers can find success. What are some of the greatest par-3s in the nation? Golf Australia Architecture Editor Mike Clayton casts his eye across the best and what makes them better than others. 18 Jun 2019
Defending Danes the World Cup danger men

Defending Danes the World Cup danger men

It is reasonable to expect the reigning ‘World Champions’ would enter the next World Cup among the hot favourites. And when you consider one half of the Danish team attempting to defend in Melbourne has had arguably his best year ever, it seems it should be even more obviously the case. 21 Nov 2018
CITY LIGHTS: Melbourne

CITY LIGHTS: Melbourne

The Victorian capital is one of the world’s great golfing destinations. Do you need any more proof other than knowing all 12 courses showcased here have cemented a place in the ranking of the nation’s Top-100 Courses and can be found within a 45-minute drive of Melbourne’s GPO? 27 Jul 2018
Clayton: Bunkers 101

Clayton: Bunkers 101

Believe it or not, bunkers are not scattered across a golf course simply to make your life a misery. The great designers used them to improve the strategy of their creations, but, as Mike Clayton points out here, not all bunkering is good and often it can be misplaced to make a hole more difficult. 26 Jul 2018