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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 174
MAKING TIME FOR GOLF THE Royal & Ancient conducted an industry forum in St Andrews last week to examine the issues surrounding pace of play and the time it takes to play golf. The ‘Time for Golf’ conference brought together representatives of national affiliated bodies to discuss factors such as the golf course, management and player behaviour. The conference follows on from the results of an extensive pace of play survey conducted by the R&A last year that attracted more than 56,000 responses from 127 countries. Among the key findings of the survey were that, while 70 percent of golfers are largely satisfied with the duration of their rounds, while 60 percent expressed the view that they would enjoy golf more if they played in less time. MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ THOMMO TROPHY FOR VIC SENIORS Some of Australia’s best Legends Tour players are confirmed starters for the Senior Victorian Open where they will play for a new trophy named in honour of five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson. Australian Senior PGA Champion Rodger Davis will be joined by Terry Price, Mike Harwood and a host of other top players will contest the event across three terrific Murray River courses – Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club’s Lake and Murray courses as well as the new Black Bull layout just east of the town. Peter Thomson and his associates designed all three layouts. The Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open, to be played from February 3 to 5, will also offer a BMW vehicle worth over $50,000 for a hole-in-one prize. ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ PALMER COOLUM CLOSES GATES THE Palmer Coolum Resort has closed its gates as a result of an ongoing disagreement between owner Clive Palmer and villa owners within the complex. Palmer, who shut the resort in March but kept the course open for play, ordered the gates to the 150ha property locked as the dispute with the owners continues. Some owners are angry at being locked out of their units and losing entitlements associated with them. It is unclear when the course will reopen. The mining magnate and federal politician bought the former Hyatt Regency Coolum resort in 2011 and vowed to pump $2 billion into the seaside property by creating a dinosaur park and motor museum but the once five-star resort has been in steady decline. TRAPS AROUND the Riverside Oaks is Sydney’s only 36 hole facility with two championship courses, accommodation, conferencing and restaurant facilities. For sponsorship packages, Pro-Am opportunities, volunteering and general information, contact Lisa Andrews on 4560 3200. A RICH HISTORY COMBINED WITH PROGRESSIVE VISION NEW SOUTH WALES PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RIVERSIDE OAKS RESORT BUNGOOL COURSE 10TH - 13th DECEMBER 2015 FREE ENTRY
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