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This is an Australian golf podcast about Australian golf courses, taking listeners on a dream lap of every golf course worth considering for a Down Under bucket list golf visit. We answer the questions that will help you make your dream Aussie golf trip a reality. No Fedex Cup updates, no equipment reviews, no technology debate, no betting-agency-sponsored tipping segment: Just the how, what, when and where of playing great golf in Australia, with the occasional sacred cow sacrificed in the name of frank discussion, and lessons from the mistakes we made along the way, so you don’t have to.

Australian Golf Passport Scott Warren & Matthew Mollica

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This is an Australian golf podcast about Australian golf courses, taking listeners on a dream lap of every golf course worth considering for a Down Under bucket list golf visit. We answer the questions that will help you make your dream Aussie golf trip a reality. No Fedex Cup updates, no equipment reviews, no technology debate, no betting-agency-sponsored tipping segment: Just the how, what, when and where of playing great golf in Australia, with the occasional sacred cow sacrificed in the name of frank discussion, and lessons from the mistakes we made along the way, so you don’t have to.

    Episode Thirty One - Royal Melbourne (East)

    Episode Thirty One - Royal Melbourne (East)

    One of Australia’s finest layout, and one that is often over-looked by locals and overseas visitors alike.  We’ve been looking forward to covering East, and hope that you enjoy the discussion.  This episode kicks off with a brief summary of the experience at the Marvel Stadium Golf event in Melbourne, and the imminent opening of the underground carpark at Royal Melbourne are briefly discussed before launching into the main fare.
     
    Matt provides a little detail on the origins of the East course, and the work of Alex Russell both on completing the West, and designing and building the East.  Two great images that flesh out the origins of the course, and provide an example of the early form of one or two holes in particular.  The nature of the land on which the course sits is discussed, and how that influences the design of the course, providing a layout of contrasting character to the West next door.
     
    There’s an 18 hole match play exercise that Scott conducts where East and West face off.  Other issues including the potential for an East hole to be the best par three on the entire complex.  The story of Gary Player’s amazing 1963 Australian Open, won over the East course amazes Scott.  The highlights of the East course are covered, along with one or two perceived lower moments. Changes to the layouts over the years from Hawtree and Doak are also covered.  We hope you enjoy listening to the chat about one of Australia’s finest golf courses.
     
    Those who wish to visit Royal Melbourne can commence enquiries via this link - https://www.royalmelbourne.com.au/visitors/
     
    The specifics on Dr. John Green’s book on the History of Royal Melbourne’s courses for those hoping to track down a copy -
    https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/catalog/5196961
     
    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators. 
     
    Angus And Grace Go Golfing are working on some new spring garments, and have stock of their fantastic women’s and men’s ranges ready to ship. You won’t find better quality pants, polos, and caps. They have a range of super stylist apparel for on- and off-course mischief.  Thanks to those listeners who have already hit AAGGG – we appreciate you supporting them! Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, head in to the store for an amazing golf experience, at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for supporting the podcast.
     
    Visit - http://www.angusandgracegogolfing.com


    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode Thirty - Sandbelt Scandal & National Nonsense

    Episode Thirty - Sandbelt Scandal & National Nonsense

    With a flurry of activity on the local golf scene, and one great question accidentally omitted from the recent mailbag episode, we call an emergency pod, and spend longer than we thought we would discussing the events of the week.
    First up is the topic that has been running hot on the local rumor mill - the alleged misappropriation of funds and assets from a prominent Victorian golf club.  Scott reached out to Victoria Police and the Australian PGA, and legal issues permitting, we share what we are able on this front.

     

    The impending tweaks to three of the back nine holes on Port Fairy are discussed, pursuant to a recent Victorian state government finding regarding the Club’s boundary.

     

    The National’s insta poll on their ‘Dream 18’ is fodder for Scott, who comes in off the long run over the selection of Old’s 3rd hole above those from Gunnamatta and Moonah.  This leads into a broader discussion of Old and the other selections on the fantasy layout.

     

    Lastly – we spend a good chunk of time addressing Shane Derby’s question on the best short 3s, short 4s and short 5s in Australia.  Sure to provoke some strong listener reaction, Scot & Matt make their nominations, and hopefully haven’t made any glaring omissions!

     

    Reminder about Lloyd Cole’s upcoming performances in Australia –

    https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/lloyd-cole-tickets/artist/734789

     

    Shane Derby’s Firm & Fast Golf Podcast –

    https://firmandfastgolfpodcast.fireside.fm

     

    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators. 

     

    Angus And Grace Go Golfing have a little No Laying Up merch remaining in store, as well as a fresh batch of womenswear and some gorgeous merino mock turtlenecks on the men’s shelves.  A few dimple and divot brushes are left, and 7 Mile Beach merch is running out the door!  Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, visit Matt at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for their support of the podcast.

     

    Visit - http://www.angusandgracegogolfing.com

     

    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode Twenty Nine - Listener Questions

    Episode Twenty Nine - Listener Questions

    The second half of the recent batch of listener questions submitted a little while ago are all covered in this fun episode.  Loads of really
    interesting and thought-provoking topics to cover including a hypothetical re-routing of a Sydney public course, and state of origin battle of the best of Victoria versus the best of the rest of Australia. 
    Golf on the northern beaches of Sydney, courses high on the aesthetics,
    conditioning and eye candy score, as well as stone walls and internal OOB.  Those playing the AGPP drinking game will spot the mentions of Doak, NSWGC, Port Fairy and Clayts soon enough! :) A great question about low-cost weekend getaways is particularly relevant
    for many listeners too. Thanks again everyone who submitted a question and apologies if we forgot anyone!

     

    The link to Lloyd Cole’s article on golf in Australia.

    https://www.lloydcole.com/melbourne-mackenzie-me/

     

    Link to The Fried Egg podcast with Somerset Hills superintendent Ryan Tuxhorn, who discusses stone wall construction.

    https://thefriedegg.com/fried-egg-podcast/superintendent-series-ryan-tuxhorn-of-somerset-hills-country-club/

     

    Tickets to see Lloyd Cole perform in Australia are available here –

    https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/lloyd-cole-tickets/artist/734789

     

    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators. 



    Angus And Grace Go Golfing have a little No Laying Up merch left in store, as well as a fresh batch of womenswear and some gorgeous merino mock turtlenecks on the men’s shelves.  A little dimple and divot
    stock, and 7 Mile Beach merch is available but you best be quick! Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, visit Matt at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for their support of the podcast.

     

    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode Twenty Eight - Ben Hillard

    Episode Twenty Eight - Ben Hillard

    Our guest for this episode grew up in Melbourne, and played golf in his youth, but his love of the game blossomed in early adulthood. His rise from playing at Rosanna, to working in turf at the club, followed by a season at St Andrews, to then working at Cabot and finally joining the esteemed Gil Hanse has been a steady and successful climb into the upper echelons of the golf architecture and construction business.

     

    In this episode, Ben shares his insights and experiences working in golf design and construction.  We touch on prior jobs, colleagues, and the upcoming works at Royal Sydney Golf Club.  Ben also talks about Ohoopee Match club, Gil and his staff, and concludes on some topics related to golf back home.

     

    Link to the Hanse Golf Design website page dedicated to the Royal Sydney renovation project -

    https://www.hansegolfdesign.com/projects/renovation-projects/royal-sydney-golf-club/

     

    Link to the Landscape Architecture course at Melbourne University -

    https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/major/landscape-architecture/

     

    Link to the Olympic Golf Course in Rio –

    https://www.top100golfcourses.com/golf-course/rio-de-janeiro-olympic

     

    Hanse Golf Design website page on Ohoopee Match Club –

    https://www.hansegolfdesign.com/projects/original-design-projects/ohoopee-match-club/

     

     

    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators.

     

    Exciting times at Angus And Grace Go Golfing. There’s a sale going on bamboo polos, and Matt has also recently taken delivery of a batch of Dimple & Divot brushes. The range of 7 Mile Beach branded apparel is proving popular, and the No Laing Up range is flying out the door! Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, do yourself a favor and pop into the store at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for their support of the podcast.

     

    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode Twenty Seven - Listener Questions

    Episode Twenty Seven - Listener Questions

    Hot on the heels of a tremendous time with Tron Carter we dive into a perennial favourite - listener questions. Thanks so much to so many of you for sending in a fantastic set of topics to discuss. We’ve divided theese into two episodes, and have covered the first 50% here. Links courses, regional courses, Sandbelt bunkering, an all-time Aussie foursome, dog leg par 3s, par events, Huntingdale, and much more fill a seventy minute chat we hope you enjoy.  Mt Lawley’s Aussie green, and the new GA logo both come in for a roasting at the top of the episode, and we put a bow on Tron’s appearance, with some Insta surveys on topics he raised during his time with us.

     

    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators.

     

    Angus And Grace Go Golfing now have No Laying Up merch in store – a stylish collaboration which imbues the NLU brand with a touch of high quality Australian style.  Local fans of Soly, Tron, DJ & co no longer have to wear the cost of overseas freight – they can simply wear more NLU! Towels, caps, tees, head covers and more all available in store and online. Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, go visit Matt at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for their support of the podcast.

     

    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode Twenty Six - Tron Carter

    Episode Twenty Six - Tron Carter

    A distinct privilege to spend some time talking with No Laying Up’s Tron Carter.  A lover of all things Australian golf, Tron’s passion and knowledge shine through as he reflects on his previous trips to Australia, the courses he played and the places he visited.

     

    Our discussion covers the Sandbelt, as well as the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas.  Tron shares his observations on Aussie golf culture, the current landscape of professional golf, and all the headline courses you’d expect to feature in such a discussion. Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Victoria, Metropolitan, Peninsula Kingswood, The National, St Andrews Beach, Barnbougle and many more.  There’s architectural discussion and TC’s reminiscences of past visits.  Given the time of recording (during the first round of the 2023 Open Championship), we have Tron going down the leaderboard near the conclusion of the recording, which is truly a podcasting highlight for your humble hosts.  We thank Tron so much for his time and hope he manages another visit Down Under.

     

    Images related to this episode can be found on our Instagram page (@AustralianGolfPassport) and on Twitter (@AusGolfPassport). Images accompanied by attribution to their owners / creators.

     

    Exciting times at Angus And Grace Go Golfing. A collab with No Laying Up will be on the shelves soon – which is sure to be a knockout range.  There’s a sale on bamboo polos, and Matt has also recently taken delivery of a batch of Dimple & Divot brushes. The range of 7 Mile Beach branded apparel is proving popular too. Follow AAGGG on Insta (@angusandgracegogolfing) and if you’re in Sydney, do yourself a favour and go visit Matt at 39 William Street Paddington. Thanks so much to Angus And Grace Go Golfing for their support of the podcast.

     

    Podcast intro music - Nbhd Nick / Stop Playing With Me - Instrumental / courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com

    • 1 hr 30 min

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