Which golf magazine should I buy?

Australian Golf magazines

If you’re anything like me, you have at least one golf magazine within reach at any point in time. But with more than one to choose from, which one is best for you?
One may be forgiven for not noticing the photo of a golfer on the front of golf magazines. They are shrinking beneath big, small and medium size text claiming you can win a set of clubs, improve your putting and and gain 40 metres, all by simply turning the page.

And turn we do, and we love it.

I know each magazine does its best to capture our attention but it wasn’t until Australian Golf Digest magazine ludicrously listed their rivalry with Golf Australia magazine as one of the 40 best rivalries in Australian Golf, that I began to realise just how badly they want our readership.
Most of us couldn’t care less about the rivalry between golf magazines but there are some golfers who have a deep (and somewhat disturbing) loyalty to one golf magazine. I personally tend to mix it up and grab a different magazine each month but the choice is increasingly difficult with so much on offer.
I’ve previously mentioned some of the free golf publications but here is a short description of the main golf magazines you’ll find on Australian shelves. Take any great claims such as “Australia’s favourite” or “Australia’s #1” with a pinch of salt and just decide for yourself.
Golf Australia magazine
Golf Australia ($8.50)
You can’t go wrong with Golf Australia magazine. It is always chock full of the latest golf news, comprehensive equipment road testing and course reviews that make you want to drop everything and go and play golf – Top Ten Public Access Golf Courses, for example had me on the fairways of Lost Farm soon after.
Current offer: Subscribe and go in with a chance to win a Mizuno driver.

Australian Golf Digest magazine
Australian Golf Digest ($8.50)
If there is one golf magazine I gravitate towards more than others its Australian Golf Digest. That’s not to say I don’t buy other golf magazines but I’m more familiar this one. I’m not particularly taken by golf instruction articles but those in Australian Golf Digest always grab my attention. I also quite like hearing what Andrew Daddo has to say each month, but then again, I know some people who’d prefer not to. Each to their own.
Current offer: Yearly subscription for $69, ends July 12, 2011.

Golf Magazine
Golf Magazine ($8.50)
It is hard to differentiate these first three magazines, but for some reason Golf Magazine always feels a little more traditional than all the others. It is solid in terms of latest golf news and has those quintessential golf instruction articles by the greats. Its recent coverage of the passing of the great Seve Ballesteros was a great example of the sense of history and golf nostalgia this magazine conveys.
Current offer: Subscribe and receive 12 issues for the price of nine.

Golfer Monthly magazine
The Golfer Monthly ($4.95, Yearly Subscription (12 issues): $40.00
This magazine is the newest on the shelves and has come along in leaps and bounds over the past six months. Not quite as jam packed as the other golf magazines but The Golfer Monthly has a great variety of articles including tips, tour news and travel. The international travel section is particularly good. Great value for money and each issue is getting better and better.
Current offer: Subscribe for 12-months and receive a sleeve of Bridgestone golf balls.

Hacker Golf magazine
Hacker Golf ($4.95)
As the name suggests, Hacker Golf is not a traditional golf magazine and appeals to the less talented golfers among us. The tone of this fun, golf magazine is summed up in its most recent issue which features Adam Scott on the front cover. Rather than highlighting his return to form or telling us how to mimic his swing, the story is titled “No Adam – please not the broomstick!”

Current offer: 2-year subscription $35, with a sleeve of balls and tees (8 issues)

Golf Vacations ($9.95)
Sick of being told how to fix your swing? Just enjoy playing golf for the sake of it? Here is a magazine for you. Specialising in golf travel, Golf Vacations features golf courses and getaways from around the world with the emphasis on Australia. I tend to file most of the articles under my “I wish” golf travel plans, but it has opened my eyes to some of the more affordable Australian golf getaways around.
Current offer: Yearly subscription $34.95 (4 issues)

This was an independent review of Australian golf magazines. Aussie Golfer has no affiliation with any of these publications.

13 thoughts on “Which golf magazine should I buy?

  • June 29, 2011 at 01:40

    Golf Digest hands down. I also buy the US version for the ads.

  • June 29, 2011 at 22:27

    golf vacation is a good magazine but it shows you the best which you cant all ways afford but its nice to dream

  • June 30, 2011 at 05:58

    Always been a fan of GOLF Australia, especially since I won a SRIXON Driver in 2001 & played with former editor @ school & former owner member @ my home course…………

  • July 6, 2011 at 18:55

    Never been into publications. It’s the same old stuff most of the time with the odd good article.

    As for their tips, it’s much like the redundant stuff you see on Men’s Health magazines. Same stuff but just worded differently on the cover. Nothing ground breaking and nothing that I will fork over $6 for a bunch of advertisements.

  • July 11, 2011 at 23:56

    Hacker is easily the best. The fact that I own it probably does lend to some bias.
    However, I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. Check out the website http://www.hackergolfmagazine.com.au. On the main scrolling banner there’s an offer for a free edition to “try before you buy”. No catch, just happy to have some more golfers check it out. We’ve only been around for 16 years or so.

    • December 18, 2012 at 11:41

      Looks like Hacker Golf hasn’t generated an edition since March 2012. Are you still running, Garry?

  • October 13, 2011 at 22:47

    Hey guys, isn’t golf ‘supposed’ to be an aspirational game? We’re always aspiring to be better, shoot better scores, putt better. That’s why Golf Vacations is an aspirational magazine, but still retains a lot of realistic places to play this wonderful game of ours, particularly in our reviews of Australian and New Zealand resorts. I think the golf magazines in Australia are all excellent but they cater for different markets…it’s just a case of whichever market you fit into. Enjoy reading them all.

  • October 24, 2011 at 04:31

    My friends & I have stopped buying GOLF VACATIONS as they were too lazy to spend a few minutes to acknowledge my job application.
    We buy all the other majors & also some O/S publications too, the British mag’s are quite good value.
    Also Golfer Monthly just went up $2 to $6.95 so value reason just went over the fence Out-Of-Bounds!!

  • January 28, 2012 at 23:14

    Golf is a great magazine as far as the Aussie ones go. I have a subscription to the US Golf Digest – its $60 a year delivered – hard to beat. Aus GD basically copies a lot of the US articles anyway. Cam / Brighton

  • May 21, 2012 at 05:23

    I enjoy reading all the golf magazines, it was TOP 100 PUBLIC ACCESS GOLF COURSES published in Golf Australia, Golf Vacations I enjoy also.
    Best mags in Order are as follows
    Golf Australia
    Australian Golf Digest (48% lift from US edition)
    Golf Vacations
    The Hacker
    Golf Magazine
    Inside Golf
    and last would go to The Golfer, its now bimonthly and the editorial is full of rubbish hand-out pr stuff.
    Peter Thomas

  • June 2, 2012 at 12:50

    The mags are now $9 each. Fat chance buying them. Hacker is crap now. The freebies r worth picking up and getting latest news on local stuff. Heaps of ads though but heaps of good deals.


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