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Dinner – Huntingdale Golf Club – Tuesday 26 September 2023

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Our guest speaker for our final dinner for the year was Melbourne based golf course photographer and GSA member Gary Lisbon.

Well known around the world for his photography…Gary has travelled for almost two decades capturing images of the world’s best golf courses for golf clubs and industry publications. Gary has visited and photographed over 685 courses in 26 countries (and counting) and his passion for the game is evident with his spectacular and enduring images. 

A 13-week trip in 2022 saw Gary visit and photograph 89 courses culminating in his just released “Great Golf Courses of the World” coffee table book. Gary will talk and present visually his journey to this spectacular end result and also highlight some of the other places he has visited and the successes and challenges of capturing images where weather is constantly changing. 

 Members and guests had thoroughly entertaining night hearing from Gary whilst enjoying his many superb images of course from all over the world.


Please enjoy this report put together by John Trevorrow

Golf Society members and guests were treated to a visual trip around some of the world’s great golf courses when golf photographer Gary Lisbon addressed a GSA dinner at Huntingdale GC recently.

Gary has photographed more than 685 courses in 26 countries, and many of his stunning images are the work of his drone camera, which he is licensed to fly in Australia, New Zealand and EU countries.

He revealed that the magic time of day for him is a 45-minute window each morning and evening when the sun low in the sky highlights the terrain and the colors that all golfers know and love.

Gary has just produced a sumptuous new coffee table book ‘Great Golf Courses of the World’ after a 13-week trip through 89 golf courses in nine countries in the UK, Scandinavia, Europe, and other exotic places.

He showed many of the images as he told the back-story of capturing his beautiful images, including capturing the northern lights at midnight as they shimmered over Lofoten Links, a spectacular private golf course built on the coast of a remote peninsula in northern Norway.

The audience was also delighted to see his wonderful images of Royal Melbourne GC with the CBD in the background complete with hot air balloons, plus an aerial study of the 8th/10th green complex at Huntingdale GC.

To see more of Gary Lisbon’s work, go to


Dinner guest speaker Gary Lisbon with President Kim Hastie

VALE – David Kelso

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The Golf Society is sad to report the passing of member David Kelso on 14th December.
David held memberships at UK golf clubs Bryn Meadows and Celtic Manor from 1983 -2001 and in that time had a successful Pennant career as a Team Captain and Manager of several teams.
He was accomplished hickory player and a regular at the hickory days held at Frankston Golf Club where he was a member.

Our thoughts are with his wife Candida and family.

39th Annual General Meeting deferred to February 2021

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Dear Members,

We hope you are well and enjoying a little more freedom and a return to the fairways.

As regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne begins to slowly open up, we have
begun some planning towards how best we can manage the remainder of the year.

The Society is reliant on access to golf courses and their clubhouses to run their

The restrictions in place around competition golf, visitor access and indoor gathering
numbers affect our ability to run an event successfully if at all, and so it seems likely we will have to make some hard decisions re the postponed events.

Whilst still hopeful of some small golf days later in the year we have decided to defer

2020 AGM and Doug Bachli Trophy till mid-February 2021
(date to be confirmed)

As restrictions ease further in the next few weeks and it is clearer what we can do
then hopefully we may be able get some dates locked in.

President, Graeme Ryan
and Committee

October 2020

GSA President’s Message

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Dear Golf Society members,

I hope everyone is well and keeping busy during this difficult time.

As you are aware, Stage 4 has really affected our ability to run the many scheduled functions and events. Although disappointing, you will agree our situation is minor compared to the difficult times and sadness the pandemic has brought to many people.

If you have been touched by these terrible times, we are thinking of you.

Your committee is hopeful of running the postponed events, but as the year goes on, and clubs are finalising their own events, it will become more difficult. However, the clubs involved have indicated they will accommodate us as best can.

We will maintain communications with them, and when the situation becomes clearer in mid-September, we will keep you informed.

We value our members, appreciate your understanding, hope you enjoyed the recent newsletter and are following our Facebook page.

Stay safe everyone, and to our metropolitan Victorian members that cannot play golf, we certainly have plenty to watch on television.

Graeme Ryan

August 2020