Matthew swings into new role

Fourth generation Mullumbimby local Matthew Laverty has been selected by Golf Australia to be part of a panel to select the nation’s top 50 golf courses.
Fourth generation Mullumbimby local Matthew Laverty has been selected by Golf Australia to be part of a panel to select the nation’s top 50 golf courses.
He first swung a golf club on the course in Mullumbimby as a young adolescent, by 16 he was a professional golfer, moving to Sydney to complete his apprenticeship.

Now 22 years later, Matthew Laverty has been honoured with a position on the Golf Australia panel to select the top 50 golf courses in Australia.

He’s about as local as you could get in Byron Shire.

“It’s my understanding my great grandfather was one of the first settlers in Mullumbimby,” recounted Matthew, “taking up land which came to be known as Laverty’s Gap.”

Matthew has come a long way from those far off days on his local golf course, and currently he heads Matthew Laverty Corporate Golf, a body which hosts more than 100 corporate golf events in Australia every year.

He is thrilled to have been approached to join the Golf Australia panel, a position that will require him travelling about to play many different golf courses all over the country, checking out which have what it takes in the way of design, playability, condition and character to give it top drawer status.
Political issue

“Course design is my passion,” said Matthew, in his element when helping golf courses large and small with the changes constantly needed to improve their facility.

“It’s a full on art.”

His personal choice for best golf course in the nation is Barnbougle Dunes in a spectacular location in north Tasmania, all white sand dunes, green grass and grey seas, combined with everything to challenge the passionate golfer, and a golf course which currently holds the position of number 29 of Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in the world.

Matthew explained that the selection of the top 50 golf courses in the country becomes a political issue when the price of playing at a top course has to be factored in – people will pay up to $500 per game.

“The selection has been a very political issue in the golfing industry for years,” he said.

 “And this year even more so as it could be the first time that the number one course is outside the traditional sandbelt courses in Victoria.”

And while Matthew gets to play at all the top courses, his comes back to his home town regularly, and has only good things to say about his home turf.

“Mullumbimby is potentially one of the best golf courses on the North Coast,” he said.

The top 50 ratings will be announced in the November/December issue of Golf Australia magazine.

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