29 Apr '12, 8am

Australian golf is more fun, more cool, more affordable and more maintenance-effective. Period.

Australian golf is more fun, more cool, more affordable and more maintenance-effective. Period.

When playing golf in Australia, understand that the "sockettes" we Americans have foisted upon the world and which leave the ankle horrifyingly exposed will get you booted out of most clubs. But taking a pushcart across the putting surface? That's strongly encouraged! This latter bit of laxity--a shocking act of defiance for those of us reared to believe the putting surface holds eggshell status--speaks to a vital difference between golf Down Under and the game in the United States. We Americans have much to learn from golf in Australia, particularly as the game stagnates at the club level and the golf model is (thankfully) re-evaluated. Without question, the Australian way should provide inspiration--minus the dress-code peccadillos. Just ask the USGA executive director. Kangaroos at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Karrinyup. "They're a little bit like golfers in the U.K. ...

Full article: http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-courses/golf-travel/2012-0...

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