The Project’s Steve Price defended his opposition to ex-Victorian premier Daniel Andrews joining the Portsea Golf Club, sparking a row with Waleed Aly and Sam Taunton on Monday night.
The trio got somewhat heated over Price saying he would ‘tear-up’ his membership to the club if Andrews was allowed to join.
Price defended his position on the show, saying: ‘I think it is really sad that he wants to come and play down there given what he did to us for two years.’
Steve’s position have been echoed by other members of the club, with 100 members demanding his application be rejected.
The TV star, clearly upset over enduring Melbourne’s harsh lockdowns, added golfing was not allowed by the politician under senseless Covid rules.
The Project’s Steve Price (pictured) was labelled ‘petty’ on Monday night during a row with Waleed Aly and Sam Taunton, after doubling down on his rejection of Dan Andrews at Portsea Golf Club
‘We were the only place in Australia that you weren’t able to play golf during Covid. I’m teed off about this! Sorry to use a golfing pun.
‘I was genuine when I said if he’s allowed to become a member, I’m not going to play there,’ he added.
Waleed questioned Price as to why it is such a ‘big deal’ for him, saying: ‘If he gets admitted, you don’t have to walk around the golf course with him for four hours.’
Steve, however, was adamant: ‘I have to go into the bar and he might be having food.’
Waleed questioned Price as to why it is such a ‘big deal’ for him, saying: ‘If he gets admitted, you don’t have to walk around the golf course with him for four hours.’ Pictured with Sarah Harris
An indignant Waleed added that could be the case anywhere in Melbourne, it isn’t limited to the golf course.
Comedian Sam Taunton went to chime-in, stopping short of calling the argument ‘petty’ from Steve.
He was then coaxed by Steve to make the remark, saying: ‘You were going to say it was …’
‘I was going to say it is petty,’ Taunton said. ‘It was years ago and at some point, don’t you move on? Why?’
Price refused to back down on the issue, saying members of the club didn’t want Andrews to be there.
‘No, I was going to say it is petty,’ Taunton (pictured) said. ‘It was years ago and at some point, don’t you move on? Why?’
Steve added it is standard practice for members to be able to express their views on applicants to the club. Pictured: Dan Andrews
He added it is standard practice for members to be able to express their views on applicants to the club.
Steve has been furious over Andrews attempt to join the exclusive golf club.
Price took aim at the controversial politician on Sky News Australia last week, remarking he stopping members playing golf for two years.
‘This is the premier who locked down this community even though we’re 120km out of the city,’ he said.
‘The same premier who let people on the other side of the bay play golf. No way that man should come into the golf club.’
Last Monday, the Herald Sun reported that the avid golf fan and now retired premier would face stern opposition from the members of the Portsea Golf club if he applies for membership.
Andrews, an avid golfer, attempted to join the Portsea Golf Club
While the president Phil Cramer said Mr Andrews’ application would be considered as per the club’s constitution, Price gave Mr Cramer a blistering ultimatum.
‘If Dan Andrews is allowed to join the Portsea Golf Club, I’ll quit, I’ll resign, I’ll tear up my membership and I’ll go and play golf somewhere else,’ Price said.
Former professional golfer Mark Allen also told 3AW other golf clubs along the Mornington Peninsula were considering a similar response if Mr Andrews applies for membership.
During Covid, golf enthusiasts in the metropolitan Melbourne area and parts of the Mornington Peninsula were banned from the fairways and greens – a rule that was only mirrored by the Northern Territory.
The Portsea Golf Club (above) is one of Victoria’s most elite clubs and its president said that he would consider all applications
While clubs were allowed to re-open from September 2021, toilets were forced to remain closed, earning the ire of enthusiasts.
Announcing his retirement from politics, Mr Andrews said he intended to spend more time with his family and out on the golf course.
‘In terms of what I would do next, I’ll have a bit of time off and spend some time with Cath and the kids, play bit of golf and read the pile of books that are sitting on the corner that have not been read,’ Mr Andrews said.
‘I’ll do a few things that are about me and I am going to go through what would be a fairly challenging adjustment.’
Announcing his retirement from politics, Mr Andrews said he intended to spend more time with his family and out on the golf course. The ex premier is struggling to find a club