Date: August 04, 2012
Author: Stephen Pitt

From the CEO’s desk: August 2012

We’re in the thick of Major season and I recently returned from a productive week at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes where all of golf’s major bodies are in attendance.

It’s an excellent opportunity to participate in discussions about the key issues in golf with the other governing bodies and federations.

Our time in England also marked the beginning of a number of player negotiations for this year’s Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes.

We always have strong support for our National Open and look forward to bringing you more news on players who will be here over the summer in the weeks and months to come.

Planning is also well underway for the 2013 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club.

We’re looking forward to taking the Women’s Open to the ACT for the first time in its history and have already had some promising early discussions with some of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour about coming to Canberra.

It’s also clear to us how much the city is looking forward to hosting the National Open as part of the city’s centenary celebrations with everyone from golf fans to prospective sponsors showing a keen interest in the global level LPGA Tour coming to Royal Canberra.

In other news, the new Golf Club Connect program is now up and running and has had a successful start with more and more clubs placing offers on the site. We’re pleased to hear that these offers are beginning to feed into purchased memberships as well, representing an excellent opportunity for golf clubs to attract more members without a cost for using the service.

Also on participation, the Crown Lager Social Golf Club will shortly hit a membership milestone – a great result as the program continues to grow.

If you or a golfing friend don’t have a handicap and are keen to measure your improvement, the joining fee of $49.95 represents great value to get a self-maintained handicap calculated by GOLF Link’s system and the chance to play on some of Australia’s best courses as well as other benefits.