Sign of the times or business as usual?

THE recent closure of the Palm Meadows Golf Resort on the Gold Coast sent a shiver through some in Australia’s golfing community.

Was it a sign of further bad times for golf in Australia or a relatively minor hiccup due mainly to poor planning by the developers and operators?

Leading Australian golf course architects and designers Graham Papworth, David Burrup and Richard Chamberlain believe it was a relatively minor tremor on golf’s Richter scale, despite the closure of other courses around the nation.

It’s been a challenging couple of years for many resorts and golf clubs as witnessed by the rise in the number of “FOR SALE”, “RECEIVERSHIP”, and ”SOLD” signs.

In the latest edition of Golf Industry Central (GIC) – Australasia’s popular online golf industry magazine – golf writer David Newbery talks to the three golf industry insiders about the closure of the major Queensland resort and what it means on a broader scale.

The GIC September/October issue also features an in-depth interview with Graham Marsh on his view of Australia’s golf development, details  recent personnel changes within Troon Golf Australasia, and Photojournalist Anthony Powter and Golf Journalist Bruce Young give us a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the recent Majors they attended in the US.

There’s that and much more in the latest GIC online magazine here.

The magazine is published by golf operations and marketing specialist Mike Orloff.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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