Melbourne
Royal Melbourne06.JPG (1164008 bytes) Royal Melbourne is the 8th ranked golf course in the world!  Since I am here, I had better try to get on even if it is mostly private, don't you think?:) Royal Melbourne05.JPG (948848 bytes) Well, somehow I got on and played 27.  Ernie Els course record 60 was not in jeopardy for 18!  Here I am on the short, famous West Course Hole 5!
Royal Melbourne02.JPG (1609598 bytes) Anyone for 27 holes at Royal Melbourne?  Bill, Edwin, Dad, Kev, Brad, Gaz or even Trace, I sure wish I had played as a twosome on this day.  It was too good to experience alone! Kooyang Clinic04.JPG (1731049 bytes) I had the absolute privilege of working with Stan Smith and Gary Niebuhr and 4 fomer touring pros to give a clinic at the old site of the Aussie Open (Kooyong) to a VIP group!
Kooyang Clinic07.JPG (871618 bytes) Here is the Kooyong facility as seen from the locker room looking out upon the grass courts.  Anyone remember when the Aussie Open was played here on grass? Kooyang Clinic03.JPG (1166236 bytes) It is hard to wipe the smile off my face as I experience this beautiful country of Australia and have a tennis experience coming close to matching my Wimbledon experience in 04!  Just Ask!
IMG_1346.JPG (1213439 bytes) Does it get better than Kooyong?  Well, only by warming up Rod Laver Arena's court on the morning of the men's final!  Life is Good! IMG_1350.JPG (893091 bytes) Here are Don & I before we begin the morning clinic & round robin on the grounds of Melbourne Park!
IMG_1347.JPG (914047 bytes) If only Natasha were more properly attired, I think we would be ready to take on Hingis and Bhupati in a few hours in the mixed finals on Rod Laver Arena! IMG_1357.JPG (1070630 bytes) From Rod Laver Arena we went to the outside courts for further activities.   Here is Stan Smith instructing the group on the details of our 1 point tournament!
Jas, Gary, Stan & Don.JPG (937077 bytes) Here I am with Gary, Stan & Don before we headed into Rod Laver Arena to watch Federer defeat Baghdatis in the Men’s Final.  Outer Courts.JPG (992551 bytes) Here is a view of the outer courts as I was walking toward Rod Laver Arena.  I spent a lot of my time in Melbourne at this facility and don’t regret it at all.
Town Statue.JPG (1508799 bytes) Sadly, when I got around town I was not carrying my camera so pics are limited of the city of Melbourne.  But here is one of the unique pieces of art in Melbourne of an upside down man! Nomads Industry.JPG (1028882 bytes) It was now time to move on from Melbourne to Adelaide.  So I said goodbye to the Nomads Hostel in Melbourne and got in my car and took off.  See you on the Great Ocean Road!