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Member Benefits

Here at Emajin Golf, we want to help our members to Get in the Game and make golf accessible, inclusive, flexible and fun.  While many believe that golf is a difficult sport to break into because of the cost, we are trying to break that stigma and get everyone out on the course!

To assist with this, we have a number of member benefits, whether it is to get in some more practice, get great deals on equipment or just play more golf in general.

We have partnered with many of Australia’s biggest and best golf brands to give you, our members, the best deals possible.

Below is a list of our partners with the discounts and benefits that are provided to Emajin Golf members. In addition to this, you can always reach out to our friendly and helpful Emajin Golf team who are dedicated to making your golfing life as fun and easy as possible.

With the support provided from the team and the benefits that you will enjoy as an Emajineer, you really can’t go wrong. If only playing golf was this easy!

adidas

Emajin members receive a 25% discount on all adidas golf attire and equipment.

Use the code EMAJIN25 at checkout.

Shop the adidas golf range, including apparel, accessories, and shoes at https://www.adidas.com.au/

adidas is a leader in sustainable fashion through their use of recycled and natural materials in all their products.

Big Swing Golf

All Emajin members will receive a complementary membership with Big Swing Golf, valued at $35

This includes a

  • 1 hour sim hire x 1 person
  • 10% off sim hire and food and beverages for life
  • Member’s details are included in the BSG database, and you are set to receive any future offers and benefits.

Check out the Big Swing Locations – https://bigswinggolf.com.au/

With a massive screen and a selection of exciting virtual games, Big Swing Golf delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Drummond Golf

All Emajin Business Club members (Networking members) will receive a complementary lifetime membership with Drummond Golf, valued at $39.95

This membership provides storewide discounts at Drummond Golf of 20% and up to 40% on some items.

As Australia’s premier golf retailer for over 40 years, Drummond Golf has been providing the largest range of the world’s leading golf brands at competitive prices.

Trackman

Emajin is partnered with Trackman, and Trackman will provide complementary swing assessments and statistics at all our Emajin events.

TrackMan 4 is the tracking unit of choice for the top players in the world.  And now you can access this technology.  Better data leads to better golf.

Complementary online swing assessment by Emajin PGA Professionals

 Contact us via email at clubhouse@emajin.golf to book your dedicated swing assessment or onboarding session.

Send us a video of your swing and we will be able to connect with you via zoom to provide swing tips and drills to help you on your golfing journey.

We are also happy to have a chat about golf equipment, golf balls, accessing golf bookings and any other question you might have.

Get in touch, as we are here to help!

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Cost of golf, and how to keep it down!

With all the shiny new golf equipment coming out each year and the prices slowly going up how do I keep the costs down while buying quality golf gear?? What I notice as a PGA professional is golfers coming in for lessons with these cheap sets straight out of a sporting store. What happens with these clubs is that they are to heavy for the golfer and shaft flex and lengths that don’t match the golfers swing. 1st tip is to speak to your PGA Professional to get a ball park idea of what you should use i.e. Length, shaft flex and shaft weight as a minimum. This is beneficial so you can look for a quality 2nd hand set. Enquire with us at Emajin golf and we can arrange a 15min zoom call to help you out. Another alternate if you want to purchase that one set that will be you’re set for the next 5-10 years I recommend to build it one club at a time until you’re ready. My suggestion is to start with
  • Brand new 7iron fitted to you.
When we have caught the golfing bug and want to add more clubs, next I would get:
  • Driver
  • #5 Fairway wood
  • 5 Hybrid
  • 9 iron
  • Sand wedge (56 degree wedge)
  • Putter
Lastly speak to your coach or Club PGA Professional the remaining options i.e:
  • Additional Fairway wood options
  • Additional Hybrid options
  • Irons to fill the gaps i.e. 4 iron to Pitching Wedge
  • Lob wedge (60 degrees wedge)
The advantages of having fewer clubs is when selecting the shot on the course you have fewer options which actually assists with decision making.
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So many golf ball options. What is the best one for me?

How important is a good golf ball? Short answer, yes. However we don’t want to be hitting our precious golf balls into the water and feel like we are throwing out money away.

Golf balls for beginners handicap 30+

As a beginner we all have been there when we just look at water or out of bounds and our ball gravitates towards it every time and another ball lost. What should we look for? The best feedback of golf balls for this level is the Callaway Supersoft this gives the player great feel off the club with longer distances whilst still being able add spin to the ball on shorter shots around the green. Approx. cost $31-$35 per dozen.

Golf Balls for intermediate15-30 handicaps

If you’re a regular golfer and looking for a cost effective way to play without giving up control the Titleist Tour Soft is my best recommendation. The biggest difference compared to the ones recommended for beginners is gaining a lot more control and spin around the greens whilst still keeping the budget down compared to the premium golf balls. Approx. $50 per dozen

Golf balls for advanced golfers handicap <15

My number 1 recommendation is the Pro V1 it is the most played golf ball on the professional tours. The golf ball offers the best feel off the club face, penetrating trajectory and exceptional control around the greens. Approx. Price $75 per dozen.

Ultimately try out a few different golf balls for yourself and recognise what you like in terms of feel, sound and looks. Additionally you can get golf balls in a wide variety of colours these days and customize them to suit your personality.

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Online Comp – June 2022 Leaderboard

Emajin Nationwide Online Competition Scores:

June Monthly winner of a Brand New Driver – TBC

Weekly winners in June:

Week 1 – Washington Alvarez – 37 points off 4 handicap at Cabramatta Golf Club, NSW

Week 2 – Ramesh Sivabalan – 36 points off 12 handicap at Coolangatta Golf Club, QLD

Week 3 – Chris Thompson – 37 points off 17 handicap at St Michaels Golf Club, NSW

Week 4 – TBC

How does the Emajin Nationwide Online Comp Work?

Top 5 scores each week go into the running to win a box of Pro V 1s.  Top 20 scores each month go into the running to win a BRAND NEW DRIVER of your choice every month.  Over 16,000 dollars worth of prizes up for grabs!

Scores from your club competitions are automatically included in our leaderboard from Golflink.  Once you enter the comp, you can ‘set and forget’.

All you need to do is play your best golf and check out your name on our national leaderboard.

$120 per annum (Only $10 per month)

View the June leaderboard here:

June 2022 Leaderboard

Learn more about getting a golf handicap with Emajin.

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Australian Golf Digest Article June 2022

Big news: Emajin Golf is once again featured in the Australian Golf Digest June 2022 issue, which is out now!

This time, our Founder, Raj Narayan, was asked by Brad Clifton, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, whether corporate golf was making a comeback. Her answer was definitely YES!

However, she says, the focus has shifted from large one-off, single-company corporate days to regular golf networking events. It’s becoming clear that golf as a business activity is most effective when people meet to network with some consistency. That’s how long-term, strong relationships are built.

We have had an incredible response from our members and their business partners to our golf networking events. Businesspeople from different industries are coming together to connect and build solid working relationships over golf. It’s no longer just for the elite.

Emajin is all about connectivity and inclusivity, which is why our events have a range of ways to get involved, from the full 18-holes to a ‘try golf’ clinic.

The Australian Golf Digest dubbed us the New Age of Golf, and you can read more about this fresh approach to uniting business and the great game in the magazine.

Pictured from left to right : Chris Thompson, Raj Narayan, Tim Borham, James Mattick, Steve Tomlin, Chris Clarke, Adam Forman, Craig Forman.

Read the full article here: “Is Corporate Golf really back?” Australian Golf Digest, June 2022 issue.

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Online Comp – May 2022 Leaderboard

Emajin Nationwide Online Competition Scores:

May Monthly winner of a Brand New Driver is Amy Pennicott from Claremont Golf Club, Tasmania – 42 points off 30 handicap

Weekly winners in May:

Ramesh Sivabalan – 36 points off 13 handicap at Coolangatta Golf Club, QLD

Pablo Roig – 28 points off 15 handicap from Pinjarra Golf Club, WA

Llewellyn Lottering – 34 points off 14 Handicap from Esperance Golf Course, WA

Ben Thompson – 31 points off 2 handicap from Goldfields GC, WA

How does the Emajin Online Comp Work?

Top 5 scores each week go into the running to win a driver of your choice every month.  Over 16,000 dollars worth of prizes up for grabs!

Weekly prize of a box of Pro V1 valued at $80 per box.

Scores from your club competitions are automatically included in our leaderboard from Golflink.  Once you enter the comp, you can ‘set and forget’.

All you need to do is play your best golf and check out your name on our national leaderboard.

$120 per annum (Only $10 per month)

View the May leaderboard here:

May 2022 Leaderboard

Learn more about getting a golf handicap with Emajin Golf.

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Explore! From Private to Public, Resort to Destination Golf Courses

Integral to the appeal of the game is the endless variety of the playing arenas.

What sets golf aside from all other games is how few boundaries the playing arena has.

Four and a quarter inches, the diameter of the hole, is essentially the only set dimension in golf. This provides course designers huge scope for both spectacular shots and dramatic vistas as each course traverses its unique topography.

From daunting to exhilaration, meditative to breathtaking, golf courses take you on an emotional journey like no other sport.

What a golf course is, and can be, is a direct reflection of the location, topography, soil type and climate. Day to day conditions determined by the season and weather make each course present different challenges each and every time you play.

With over 33 000 courses in 208 countries the variety in courses is hard to comprehend. The lure to experience this variety is strong and common in those hooked on the game.

And in Australia we have some of the best courses on the planet.

We are fortunate to have both great variety and a wide distribution of quality courses. By world standard golf is also very affordable here with golf being accessible to a broader demographic than many parts of the world.

Public Golf:

Australians have an enviable array of public access golf. True public golf is where the course is public land and the local council will control the use either employing and running the facility themselves or having a management company run it on their behalf.

Examples of these are Moore Park in Sydney, Albert Park in Melbourne, North Adelaide, Brisbane’s Victoria Park and Wembley in Perth. They provide central, affordable and easily accessible golf for anyone interested.

Often well suited to beginners and recreational players these courses tend to be less challenging than many private and resort courses. A great place for your regular round. If you are improving and want to keep score this will be an ideal place to use your Emajin membership and play the weekly competitions as public course rarely run have their own competitions.

Affordability and a casual experience are becoming the focus of these style of facilities as public golf tends to evolves to societal trends before more traditional club. Make sure you are organised though as getting a tee time can be difficult with golf’s popularity rising. Public courses are increasingly using online booking systems and also often have facilitates like driving ranges and putting greens.

The good news is golf offers much more than just public golf for those not members of traditional clubs.

Private and Semi Private Clubs:

These are courses owned and run by their members.

Depending on the demographics, demand, history and the desire of the membership; these courses range from rudimentary to immaculately presented championship layouts.

In terms of design Australia has everything from courses that have evolved through input from generations of members to those expertly designed, or redesigned by the world best course architects.

A number of Australian courses are considered truly world class. For example Royal Melbourne is ranked in the top 10 and Sydney’s News South Wales GC is in the top 50 of the world’s 33000 courses.

As the game evolved and championships were held to determine the best players, golf found itself focussing attention on the venues that regularly host the top events. Courses whose design has become known to challenge the full range of skill of the best players. The mystique around such venues drives demand for membership and those who want to visit and play the hallowed fairways. Playing a course where you have watched the best compete is a reality unique to golf.

The hallowed courts and grounds of other sports are off limits to the casual player yet the golf enthusiast can, in many cases, stride the same fairways as the greats. Recreate shots and putts the champions faced. It can be quite the thrill and ask a golfer for their bucket list places to play and often courses that have hosted big events will rank highly.

Understandably as demand for these experiences rises clubs need ways to limit numbers and have assurance visitors will know what they are doing. Outside high green fees often requiring a handicap is necessary for access to such courses. An Emajin membership gives you access to a handicap and hence a chance to play many courses you couldn’t without one. Also Emajin events visit some of the best courses in the country.

Resort and Destination golf courses:

Golf can be a wonderful escape from the grind of work so no surprise that holiday destinations often have golf courses as a feature. Queensland’s Golf Coast set the bar in the late 80s and 90s with prolific growth of the Resort Course.

These are generally big scale championship length courses often incorporating water hazards and dramatic shots. Designed to accommodate visitors these are pay for play venues where all you need is a booking and be prepared for the green fee which can in some occasions require the use of a cart. These developments are often strung out around a resort or large property development and the golf cart can be welcome to save your legs on long distances between greens and tees.

This style of public access pay for play has evolved over time with the trend towards courses aimed at golf purist. Places that offer just golf and accommodation for enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the game. Often these are embracing the traditions of the games roots in Scotland and many are links courses. Beginning on the Oregon Coast at Bandon Dunes, that now boasts that now has six courses, this resort style has proven for golfers that ‘If you build it they will come’.

This inspired a slew of similar resorts around the world. Fortunately for Australians you can experience these at places like Barnbougle Dunes in NE Tasmania and Cape Wickham with more planned including on Kangaroo Island.

Emajin member, Tim Borham recently won the monthly competition playing a round at Barnbougle Dunes.

Country and regional Golf:

Get out of the major cities with your clubs and an open mind and the golf experiences will surprise and delight.

Seemingly every country town has a course and they inevitably reflect the spirit of the region and its people. Depending on the time of year and day of the week you may be welcomed to join a local competition or access might be by slipping a $10 note in an envelope in the Honesty box. While seeing other players may be rare you will almost certainly experience something out of the ordinary. Country course memories are rarely forgotten and remind us of the simple pleasures of the game.

Improving your golf IQ:

Seeking out different courses elicits a sense of adventure. Your game will improve as you adapt and refine your skills to meet the varied challenges of each course. You will also be following in the footsteps of centuries of golfers who have been drawn to explore the nuance of layouts far from home.

The world handicap system translates your skill level to any course and Emajin’s Australia wide competitions means you can mix your love of a road trip with the thrill of a good round and winning prizes. What are you waiting for?

Your Emajin membership and a GA handicap is truly your passport to a world of golfing adventures.

The new age of golf is here!

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Where can I play?

So, you’ve gotten a handicap and are keen to get out and play some golf. But what now? Where do you find and book a round?

Good news: you have plenty of options!

There are plenty of golf courses all around Australia, so whether you’re looking for a convenient local course or are keen to see some amazing new sights, there’s certainly a course for the occasion. That said, it’s important to be organised in booking rounds, so that you can be entered into the competition. Since COVID, the popularity of golf has been at a high, so there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to play a round without booking in advance.

If you’re new to booking golf rounds, here are a few tips!

Emajin Tee it Up Booking:

First, Check out Emajin’s Tee it Up tab to find courses near you.  We have collated a list of over 500 golf courses where you can book and play.  Check out:  https://emajin.golf/tee-it-up/

Emajin Events:

At Emajin Golf we run a series of great events at some of the finest golf courses in Australia as well as hidden gems.  These provide an opportunity to participate in some well organised and fun golf days, and these provide different options on the day for golfers of all ability levels.  Check out https://emajin.golf/event/

Public Golf:

Many public courses have moved to online bookings, streamlining the process of finding and booking a game. You can search for and book times when it suits you, rather than having to call in during business hours or wait for replies from emails or phone messages.

Golf booking sites are extremely easy and convenient options to book a game once you get the hang of them. If you’re not tech savvy, here are a couple of booking pages for Australian golf courses to familiarise yourself with!

Sydney’s Moore Park:  https://moorepark.miclub.com.au/welcome/index.mhtml

Perth’s Wembley:  https://www.wembleygolf.com.au/cms/golf/online-bookings/

Albert Park in Melbourne:  https://www.albertparkgolf.com.au/play-melbourne-golf-course/

Quick 18:  https://hamersley.quick18.com/teetimes/searchmatrix

Once you’ve made a booking, remember to check in at least 15min before your game. You need to be ready to tee off at your tee time, not just arriving to the club.

Stableford rounds:

This is the most common form of golf competition, and will most likely be the format you compete in when you start booking rounds at clubs. Scores are based off a point system, where, depending on the handicap, a player will earn points according to the number of shots they have on a hole. At the end of a round, you’ll submit the number of points you scored in the competition, and the player with the highest points will win the day’s comp. Depending on how you played, your handicap might adjust accordingly; going down if you’ve done better and going up if you didn’t have a great round. Since this competition runs almost daily, it’s a casual way of getting into the habit of playing more golf.

Open days and Back Tee challenges:

Many semi-private member courses offer Open events to visitors with a GA handicap. These are usually on a regular basis, for example, weekly or monthly.

Some events are especially designed to test your game to the limit. These are generally known as Back Tee challenge events that see courses set up at their full length and often with pins tucked in tricky spots.

Though a lot of these challenges are not for the faint of heart, they can be extremely fun and highly rewarding. This is also a great chance to get access to some member clubs which may not otherwise have public tee times.

Make sure to check the details of these events, though. They sometimes include pre- and post-game snacks and drinks, which are included in the price of the event! We’ve listed some example open comps below:

Bankstown: Wicked Wednesday Black Tee Challenge on the third Wednesday of every month:  https://www.bankstowngolf.com.au/cms/whats-on/whats-on/wicked-wednesday-web/

Oatlands Open comps:  https://www.oatlandsgolf.com.au/cms/golf/open-days/

Scrambles and Ambrose:

Ambrose (or Scramble) events follow a team format, which can be heaps of fun to play with friends! Teams are formed of 2-4 players. All players will hit their tee shot, and the team will then select the best tee shot. Everyone besides the player with the best tee shot will pick up their balls, and resume play from where the best shot landed. This process of everyone hitting and then selecting the best shot will continue until the ball is holed. Because players get to choose the best shot each time, the scoring for Ambrose can be very low, resulting in a fun yet still competitive game!

The PGA runs an Australia-wide Scramble (previously known as the Holden Scramble), where teams can compete locally to qualify for regional, and then national, finals.

Sounds like fun? Get a team together and check out the website for details!

https://thescramble.com.au/

There’s also a competition specifically for women: https://thescramble.com.au/womens-scramble

Scramble events are also run at many clubs, and are often the chosen format of corporate or charity events.

Stroke and Medal events:

This is the format most seen at professional tournaments. Instead of allocating points based on the amount of shots taken and a player’s handicap (as in a normal Stableford round), Stroke rounds count only how many shots you’ve taken in the round: lowest score wins. In amateur Stroke or Medal events, there are usually Gross (handicap not taken away) and Net (handicap taken away from final score) winners, so there’s plenty of opportunity for new players to participate in Stroke rounds!

For players interested in a more competitive format, this is how most National and State championships are contested: each state will run regional events and championships annually. There are different categories and events for women, men and seniors (generally those over 50 years of age). Other events include Sand Greens competitions, held on regional courses that use sand scrapes for putting surfaces instead of grass greens.

Golf Australia also provide an Event Calendar with a full schedule of events in each state.  Check out: Golf Australia Event Calendar

Exploring golf through playing events at different courses is one of the game’s great joys, and competing using your Emajin membership lets you track your progress wherever you go.

So, what are you waiting for? Book a game today!

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How to be a good Golf Citizen

Good Golf Citizen Blog

Welcome to a guide to get you the most from your golfing experience.

While golf is a solo game in the sense that you play your own ball and hit all the shots; it requires collaboration between players for the game to work.  The game works a lot better for everyone involved when players follow some basic, yet not always immediately obvious ground rules.

So let us run you through some of these key concepts and help you get the most out of your golfing game.  Golf is a great game and let’s unlock some amazing experiences this game has to offer.

Let’s start with a checklist.

1.  Arrive early

You should aim to be at the course 30 minutes before your tee time at a minimum.  Then check in at the Golf Shop as soon as you get there.

Showing up early, will give you time to register, pay fees, learn any local rules at the course, while having ample time to prepare for your round. Not rushing is the best way to avoid unnecessary anxiety. By showing up early you are making things smoother for yourself and everyone involved.

2. Keeping up

Tee times provide the structure of the game, yet they also imply a necessary ‘Pace of Play’.

Playing at a reasonable speed means all groups keep pace with the first group on the course.

Tee times are generally at 7 or 8 minute intervals. This means the group in front of you needs to have played well out of your hitting range in that time. If the hole is a par three, the hole needs to be completed in that 7 or 8 minutes.

To keep pace requires you to be aware of your movements, as well as, those of your playing partners.

And while this sounds like a responsibility, it is quite simple.  All you need to worry about is the group that is directly in front of you, and make sure you keep up with them!

Take a moment read this article from the R&A about: Pace of Play

3. Always Err on the side of safety:

Regardless of how long you have been playing, the golf ball will occasionally depart the clubface at some dramatic angles. Also you may occasionally hit a ball further than you anticipated. These things happen.

This may bring people into the line of fire of your ball. When this happens you must call “Fore”. This is golf’s universal warning call. The term comes from the idea of forewarning people of pending danger.

Never hesitate to call, and do it loudly.  It is much better to have heard a call of “Fore” than to have a ball wizz past your head and having had no idea it was coming.

4. Respect other golfers:

Everyone would probably agree that Golf is a challenging game. To do your best requires focus. So if you enjoy the best chance to play your shots then you owe that to everyone else.

This means being aware of how your actions may affect others. Such as maintaining silence when your playing partner is hitting their ball. The more aware you are the less you will distract others and a better playing partner you will become.

5. Respect the course:

The BIG THREE – Divots, Bunkers & Pitch Marks.

Course Care covers all the ways in which your play should not affect other players.

Divots: The mark you make in the turf when you hit a shot should be dealt with before you move on to minimize the impact on other players. What to do can be a bit confusing as different courses deal with divots differently. A common practice is filling divots with sand which you carry in a bucket. Find out the preferred method at the course you are playing before you tee off.

Raking bunkers: If you enter a bunker your responsibility is to smooth out the marks you made so other players enjoy the same conditions you did.  Rakes are usually supplied yet if it is missing do you best with your foot or club.

Pitch marks on greens: The indentation made by a ball landing on the green needs to be repaired so greens can remain smooth for everyone. Carry a pitch repairer learn the correct way to repair then.

This video from the USGA explains the ideal method: Pitch Marks

6. Visiting a new course:

While the Etiquette and rules of the game cover play around the globe, different courses have customs, dress codes and rules of behaviour that vary dramatically.

The colour and length of socks, length of skirt or shorts, not wearing a hat in the clubhouse, where you can and can’t use your phone and the style of the collar on your shirt are all things that have tripped up golfers before you. Not being aware of the dress code can distract you from your game and may require an unexpected purchase to remedy the situation.

Most clubs that have specific rules regarding dress codes, course care or mobile phone use will make these clear on their website. Being prepared will mean avoiding awkward situations and enjoying each club’s unique experience.  So make sure to review this for the golf club you are playing at, before your visit.

Here is an example from Newcastle GC – Dress Code

This from St Michaels covers both – Course Care and Dress Code

Also, don’t hesitate to tell the staff, or any club members you meet, that you are new to the course and ask if there anything you should know. Show interest in the club and you will be made welcome and assisted with any local customs.

7. Playing the Game:

The rules of golf can seem daunting to say least. Open the rule book and you see strange terms and diagrams. So it is useful to start by reminding ourselves of the central premise of the game.

Start at the teeing ground. Play shots to the green until you have hit your ball in the hole. Then count the shots. Repeat.

That’s it.  It is really that simple!

So the key rules to understand are those that apply to situations when you can’t do the above.

Here are the common scenarios and the rules you need to know.

What to do if I lose my ball. (Lost ball) 18.2, 18,3(provisional ball)

What if I hit it outside the boundary of the course? (Out of Bounds) 18.2

What if I find my ball but can’t play it? (Either an unplayable lie or the ball is in a pond or creek etc. that the rules now call a penalty area) 19.1, 19.2, 19.3(unplayable), 17.1 (penalty area)

What are the rules if I hit in a bunker? This link from Golf Monthly explains the rules for bunker and how they changed in the 2019 rules revision.

Why it’s important to understanding these rules is because they affect your score as penalty shots are associated with certain outcomes.

As you play more rounds and rounds at different courses you will come across situations that you haven’t previously faced. This is when other rules (besides the ones we mentioned above) will apply.

You don’t need to know all the rules or the entire book. Just refer to the rules when an unfamiliar situation arises.

Have a copy of the rule book in your golf bag.  But we recommend that you simply download the free Rules of Golf APP to your phone. The search function will help you find what you are looking for in seconds. Get the free Rules of Golf App

Why is knowing all this so important?

In our experience golfers get grouped into two categories by other players.

Those that you would be happy to share a round with; and those who you wouldn’t.

Importantly this is not about how you play your shots. It is how you treat other players, how you care for the course and whether you give everyone the chance to focus on their game.

Regardless of your standard of play you are in charge of your reputation within the game. How you are seen by others will affect your experience and the connections and friends you make.

Respect is the heart of golf culture. Display this trait and you will receive it in return; You’ll become known as a good GOLF CITIZEN.

We believe that if you embrace golf’s ethos, the dividends will be simply huge.  Welcome to this Great Game of Golf! Learn more about getting a golf handicap in Australia.

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Against all odds – playoff with Cameron Smith

Blog by Allan Haughie

Story by Emajin Pro Allan Haughie.

In 2010, I was playing Australian Amateur in Western Australia at Lake Karrinyup Golf Course where I qualified for the top 32 matchplay event via a playoff. I drew the number 2 ranked seed Jin Jeong who only 1 month later won British Amateur and finished 14th at the British Open. The match was of the highest standard finishing square through 18 with 7 birdies and then winning on the 3rd extra hole with another birdie.

Great win!

Well, next up was the top 16. I’m checking out who I’m playing and the name next up was Cameron Smith. Everyone was saying, “OMG Allan, you’re playing Cam Smith, Holy s**t!  He’s the number 1 ranked junior in Australia at 16 years of age!”.

I remember thinking, ‘geez, this guy must be really good for everyone to put him on a pedestal’. When I finally met Cam Smith, he was so down to earth and only a 16-year-old boy. He didn’t look like a golfer at all, and so must have been really good to warrant all the praise. I was mentally preparing myself for the tough match to come.

On the 2nd hole Cam was in an impossible position chipping to the green. And what does he do? Hits the perfect flop shot over a bunker and trickles into the hole, 2 down through 2. He then birdies the 3rd hole and now I’m 3 down thinking ‘let’s not embarrass myself’. Several holes in, I had faith that I could strike the ball same as this guy, and if I just focus on my game, I could beat him or at least give him a run for his money.

Scores remained 3 down through 10 holes. Finally on the 11th on the par 5, I chipped in for eagle. Boom! 2 down. But the next thing I hear is the air horn going off… play suspended. At that time the weather was perfect, so I wasn’t sure why the alarm was sounding.

We got back to the club house and 10min later an absolutely massive storm hit Perth. Hail stones bigger than golf balls rained down, cutting off all power to Perth. I was planning on finding a place to stay that night depending on the results of the matchplay, so now I was trying to find a room without internet or electricity to book anything. After talking to a few NSW golfers, there was a spare bed in the house some of them were renting. I still remember searching for a place to get dinner – only a Chinese restaurant was open, so I got a large fried rice, saving half for breakfast the next day and hoping the powerless fridge was still cold enough to keep it good.

Morning comes; I smashed my fried rice and got to the golf course, ready for the match ahead. Of course, the course was trashed from the storms, and se we went to the 11th tee, a short par 3.

With the momentum from the day before, I went onto win the next 2 holes in a row to get it back to square. My only priority was to keep going and stay on focus. But in the blink of an eye, I made a couple mistakes and lost 2 holes in a row. Suddenly I was 2 down standing on the 16th hole, the hardest hole on the course. Cam hit one up the middle.  Pressure was on me and I hit driver right into the trees. I grabbed a provisional ball, teed it up and carved it just as far right. After my brief comeback, this was definitely a letdown.

I found both golf balls in the trees and proceed to chip out next to Cam’s tee shot. Cam’s next shot leaves it short of the green in the bunker. I hit my shot just short of the green too. Cam’s shot was next.  Uncharacteristically, he thins the shot up the back of the green. My turn, ‘chip-in’ for par! I couldn’t believe it! Somehow I’d won the hole after throwing both tee shots in the trees! And with that, I was back to 1 down.

Now at the 17th, a long Par 3, my tee shot went straight into the wind off the right. I then hit this perfect low flighted 5 iron about 10 feet. Cam turns one over into the left bunker, and then hits his bunker shot about 6 feet. I drain my birdie putt.  Match is ‘all square’ now. What a rollercoaster game this was shaping up to be…

We halve the 18th and head onto the 1st tee for the extra playoff hole. Both in good position to a back flag. I hit a shot straight at it and the ball flies over the back of the green into a difficult up and down place. Cam hits his 2nd shot into the middle of green 30 feet away. I hit a flop shot to about 12 feet, nowhere near the hole, and I’m thinking the game is certainly over. Cam putts it to 6 feet.

Standing over my putt, no thoughts come to me. There’s nothing left to do but run though my practice routine, stand over the putt and hit it.  My 12-foot putt drains, centre cup, into the hole! Must have shocked Cam, as he went on to miss his own putt. It was unbelievable, I had just beat Cam Smith!

We shook hands, and he congratulated me with a smile. A true sportsman!