Team South goes Back-to-Back, winning 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Team South Goes Back-to-Back, capturing 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

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It was an exciting week of golf for the 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay. 66 golfers from both sides of the Murray River returned to Canberra to represent their region, and battle for supremacy in this annual Teams Matchplay event. This was the 11th running of the annual Trans-Murray Matchplay, and Team South was keen to repeat their success from 2023, while Team North was hoping to reclaim their past glory, and bring the "Murray" trophy home.

There was some incredible competition, great sportsmanship, and some truly awesome camaraderie throughout the week.

Day 1

The First day's action (Pairs/Ambrose), was an absolute CRACKER of a day at Royal Canberra Golf Club. The course proved why it is one of Australia's BEST courses, as it was in amazing condition, and a pure delight for our players. Laughs and smiles all around!

Highlights of the day include a "Trick" shot that ended up in a cart (Hey, play it as it lies), and one shot that actually went backwards (straight off the club!), as well as some MONSTER putts made all around. Team South jumped out of the gates with a solid 10-7 Lead, but anything can happen. Full results from Day 1 can be seen below:
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Day 2

Day 2 of the TMMP saw HEAPS of action, with Team North putting on a show at Gold Creek.  In the Alternate-shot pairs format of the day, it was a wave of light blue, as Team North mounted a stellar comeback, taking 11 matches to South's 6, edging ahead of Team South by an overall margin of 18-16.

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Day 3

There was excitement in the air for the all-important Singles matches on Day 3, at the picturesque Gungahlin Lakes. The scoring was tight, and both teams were feeling the pressure. In pleasant playing conditions, on a very playable course, players from both teams battled hard in their matches, as they knew that EVERY POINT MATTERED.

Following the round, the points were tallied as the players enjoyed drinks, food, laughter and stories of made (and missed) putts from the week.

When the points were finalised, Team South had dominated the final day, 20 matches to 12, resulting in a final Tournament Score of 36 South to 30 North. Team South had gone Back-to-Back!

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Congratulations to Team South!!

Final points:

Team D1 D2 D3 Total Points
North 7.0 11.0 12.0 30
South 10.0 6.0 20.0 36

For day-by-day scores and matches, see the leaderboard on Golf Genius.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all the competitors (and their spouses/partners/plus-ones) for an incredible week at the 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay. The success of these events is mostly due to the quality of the participants, and we believe that our golfers are of the highest quality anywhere!

A very special thanks to our host courses, Royal Canberra, Gold Creek and Gungahlin Lakes, as well as sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin and our hotel partner, Mantra on Northbourne.

Photo Galleries: 2024 Trans-Murray Matchplay

2024 SGA Championships – Gold Coast, Qld

The 20th Annual SGA Championships

Gold Coast, Queensland - August 25-30, 2024

Tee it up on the country’s top golf courses and battle for over $30,000 in prizes.

The SGA Championships
  • SGA's Flagship Annual Event

  • 4+ rounds of world-class golf over 6 days

  • Meals at each course + Special Functions

  • Over $30,000 in Prizes

  • Accommodation Packages - Or choose your own

  • Packages start at $1199

  • Open to ALL Golfers, regardless of skill level, age or ability.

THE 2024 EVENT TEES OFF IN:

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2024 SGA Championships Itinerary

Regarded as a must-play event on most clubs’ Social Golf calendars, the SGA Championships sees golfers and social clubs from across Australia converge upon the Gold Coast for a week of spectacular golf, energetic competition and, most importantly, a ton of fun.

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ARRIVAL

Arrival and Check-in at The Gold Coast

Upon arrival at the glittering Gold Coast, you'll transfer to your home base for the week, the Mantra Legends Hotel. Featuring 4-star rooms, the hotel is right in the heart of the action, and provides everything you need for a fun and relaxing stay.

You'll then check-in for the tournament, where you will meet our friendly staff and receive your player Welcome Pack, which includes a tournament polo & hat, cooler bag, golf balls, bag tag, the week's program and more fun goodies.

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OPTIONAL WARM-UP ROUND - SUNDAY

Palmer Gold Coast (Robina Woods)

The week begins with an optional (and fun) Team Ambrose Golf Day, where you can warm-up for the week in a jovial and relaxing atmosphere.  Carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, with fairways lined by towering gum trees, Palmer Gold Coast has rapidly developed a reputation as one of Queensland’s best-loved resort courses. Consistently ranked in the top 30 resort courses in the country, Palmer Gold Coast is a 6078 meter, 18-hole, Par 71 championship golf course designed by the Marsh / Watson team. A natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and native wildlife completes a rare golf course environment.

(Note: MAXIMUM of 72 spots available for the Ambrose Warm-up Day)

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SUNDAY EVENING

WELCOME DINNER

Your tournament week begins with a fully-catered Welcome Party at The Mantra. Meet your fellow golfers, say G'day to the SGA Staff and Hosts, and enjoy tasty food and beverages. The evening also includes the awarding of last year's winners' Championship Shirts, as well as any Milestone awards for long-term players.

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"I can't believe how good the event is for the price. We got great service from all the staff and always with a smile. My clubs are always waiting for me at each course and I get to play with someone different each round."

Steve

2022 Entrant
Links Hope Island
ROUND 1. MONDAY

Links Hope Island

Designed by five-times British Open Champion, Peter Thomson and home to Australian golfing royalty, Peter Senior, Links Hope Island is a must-play on any visit to the region. The course regularly rates among the finest resort courses in the country. When you play at Links, you'll be met with a real sense of welcome and warmth from the time you arrive. 

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ROUND 2. TUESDAY

Lakelands

Since opening in February 1997, the wonderful Lakelands golf course has forged a deserved reputation as one of Australia's very best golf courses. Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast adjacent to the luxurious Radisson Resort and next door to Palm Meadows, Lakelands was the first signature designed course in Australia by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Lakelands is often described as a thinking player's course with a unique Nicklaus flavour to the design.

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“This was my first time and was extremely impressed with the organisation and overall management. Was also great value for money.”

Paul

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REST DAY - OPTIONAL GOLF. WEDNESDAY

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

You can choose to take this day for a well-earned rest, OR tee it up on one of Australia's best courses!

Designed by Greg Norman, Brookwater Golf and Country Club has been voted as Queensland’s number one golf course. The course features undulating greens, natural water features, and long, narrow fairways. The strategic design makes it the perfect environment for golfers of any skill level to enjoy a day of premium golf. Brookwater Golf & Country Club is undeniably the most spectacular golf facility in Queensland set to challenge and delight all golf enthusiasts. 

(Note: MAXIMUM of 16 spots available for the Rest Day Round)

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"Fantastic event, very welcoming to overseas players. Very well organized with lovely challenging courses to play."

Karen

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ROUND 3. THURSDAY

The Glades

Today, you'll tee it up on The Glades, regarded by many as the finest golf course on the Gold Coast. Designed by Greg Norman, the 6420m Championship layout opened in 1999 and rapidly developed a reputation as the best golf course on the Gold Coast. The facility features superb playing surfaces with unique “Creeping bent grass” greens that ensure a superior putting surface all year round. The Glades is on 65 hectares of land with a total of 98 bunkers. Norman not only had a vision to create a challenging golf course on the Gold Coast, but he also retained 9 hectares of wetland area to create a natural wildlife sanctuary within the course.

The day also features our fun (and optional) Round 3 Fancy Dress Day, where you can "Go Bold" with your day's attire!

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“The work that goes in behind the scenes to make this event run so smoothly must be huge. But it is really appreciated. It’s great to just turn up and have everything organised for you. It’s a great, well organised event playing nice courses with great people.”

Nathan

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RACV Royal Pines Resort
ROUND 4. FRIDAY

RACV Royal Pines Resort

Your Gold Coast Golf Week finishes at a RACV Royal Pines Resort, which has been recognised as a premier golf destination for over a decade. With undulating terrain, magnificent greens and tight fairways that demand respect, RACV Royal Pines is a great golf experience for players of all standards. With 27 Championship holes of golf, the facility features three distinct course combinations and three unique golfing experiences. 

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FRIDAY Evening

Awards Dinner and Presentation

Friday evening, you'll enjoy a massive night, as we wrap-up the week at the Presentation Ceremony and Closing Dinner. Share your week's memories with your old (and new) golfing mates as you enjoy a full sit-down dinner, complete with Beer/Wine/Drinks, live music and the all-important Awards, where we crown the Individual and Team champions. Our event will again feature great prizes totaling over $30,000, including Srixon and Garmin golf products, vouchers from The Card Network and Drummond Golf, and SGA Shiraz from Heathcote Winery. The evening also includes our highly-anticipated prize draw, where one player will win free entry to one of our events (including airfares) valued at over $2500.

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"Well done to all involved, great to catch up with old friends and making some new ones. I always enjoy the event - for 11 years and counting. Keep up the good work and see you all next year."

Brad

Victoria

Your SGA Hosts for this trip

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YOUR HOSTS

As this tournament is our flagship event of the year, the entire SGA team will be there to host the week. From registration to organising your transfers, to managing each day's events, to simply answering any questions you have throughout the week, each team member is dedicated to ensuring that your trip is fun, memorable and hassle-free.

Optional Transfers

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Golf Course Transfers and Club Valet Service

Most SGA Championships participants opt to take advantage of our optional Golf Club Valet Service and Bus Transfers. By choosing this service, you will get full return transfers between the Mantra Hotel and the golf course each day (in a fully-air-conditioned coach), PLUS we will store and deliver your bag to the courses each day and have it waiting on your golf cart. (Thus relieving you the burden of sorting your bag at the hotel each day).

These transfers are managed under the careful eye of our long-time partner, Gold Coast Direct Charters (see below).

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OPTIONAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport Transfers via Gold Coast Direct Charters 

For Airport transfers when you arrive/depart the Gold Coast, We recommend Gold Coast Direct Charters, SGA's preferred Gold Coast on-ground logistics partner for our annual SGA Championships. GCDC Owner Julie Ridler has always provided ultra-reliable, friendly, affordable and efficient service for the thousands of SGA competitors over the years. SGA highly recommends Julie and her team for any transfer needs.

2024 SGA Championships Itinerary

Sunday Aug 25 12:30pm 7:00am & 2:30pm Shotgun Optional Warm-up Team Ambrose Palmer Gold Coast
Sunday Night 7:15pm-9:15pm Welcome Dinner and Cocktail Party Mantra (Upstairs)
Monday Aug 26 12:00pm 10:30 & 6:00pm Shotgun Round 1 Single and Team Stableford Hope Island
Tuesday Aug 27 12:00pm 10:30 & 6:00pm Shotgun Round 2 Single and Team Stableford Lakelands
Wednesday Aug 28 11:00am 9:00am & 4:30pm One-Tee Rest Day/Optional Social Brookwater
Thursday Aug 29 7:30am 6:30am & 2:00pm Shotgun Round 3 Single and Team Stableford The Glades
Friday Aug 30 7:30am 6:30am & 2:00pm Shotgun Round 4 Single and Team Stableford RACV Royal Pines (Green/Gold)
Friday Night 7:00pm Presentation Dinner Mantra Ballroom
Saturday Aug 31 Depart Check-out

2024 SGA Championships Package (Golf)

Tournament Package Includes:

$1199 ($1299 after May 30) per person

  • Championship rounds at Links Hope Island, Lakelands, The Glades and RACV Royal Pines
  • Motorised carts at all courses
  • Meal at each course
  • A chance to win in over $30,000 in trophies and prizes
  • Entry into the major prize draw - valued at $2500
  • Welcome reception buffet including beverages
  • Gala presentation dinner - including beverages & entertainment
  • Branded tournament polo shirt and cap
  • Welcome gift pack and tournament program
  • Tournament organization and daily leaderboards
  • Daily registration and check-in at courses
  • On-site support from SGA staff
  • One helluva good time

Tournament Options/Extras

Optional Extras per person

  • Golf Course Transfers & Golf Club Valet Service: $120
  • Ambrose Day / Warm-Up Round- Includes Cart: $95
  • Rest Day / Optional Round (Brookwater) Includes Cart: $135
  • Non Golfing Partner - Welcome Party: $95
  • Non Golfing Partner - Presentation Dinner: $135
  • Minor Sponsorship: $100

2024 SGA Championships Accommodation

Event entry is structured so that the golf event package is separate from the accommodation booking. This allows entrants flexibility and choice...you can choose the accommodation option that suits you.

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Mantra Group - Hotels and Apartments

The SGA Championships features the Mantra Legends Hotel as our home base for the week. The hotel, featuring 4-star rooms, is right in the heart of the action, and provides everything you need for a fun and relaxing stay.

Golfers can choose to make their own accommodation arrangements for the event, however, staying at The Mantra will be a significant advantage for a range of reasons:

  • Transfers to and from the golf courses will all be from The Mantra.
  • The prices offered by Mantra is great value and discounted on peak rates.
  • Most of our event participants will be at the property, so it will be far more social for our golfers.

Accommodation (Mantra Legends)

$480-$900 Per person per week (6 nights)

  • Single or Twin-Share Hotel Rooms (4 Star)
  • Minimum six nights stay for tournament nights.
  • Additional nights can be added before or after the event.
  • Each room can be either a queen bed or two singles.
  • PACKAGE PRICES (PER WEEK)
  • --- $480 per person, Twin Share, 6 nights - Sun - Fri
  • --- $900 per person, Single Room, 6 nights - Sun - Fri
  • EXTRA NIGHTS (Per Person, Per night)
  • --- $80 Twin Share Room pp/pn
  • --- $160 Single Room pp/pn

DON'T DELAY. BOOK TODAY

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Save $100 if you book before May 30, 2024

SGA Championship Testimonials

“I wanted to personally thank you all for a great week. As always, from a customers point of view, everything was fantastic and seamless – no doubt due to the efforts behind the scenes. I keep saying it, but this is a slick operation from a great group of folks. Looking forward to my next event with SGA.”  

Shannan

New South Wales

“An absolute credit to the crew. We had a ball again and we can't wait till next years event. Hopefully we will be bringing more people from our club, to make up a few more teams. Everyone we speak to loves hearing about what a great, well run event The SGA Championships are.”  

Debbie

Victoria

“A great event, very well organised. Great social atmosphere, and loved meeting new people. Loved the format with a focus on the individual grades, but having the team aspect as well is important. Looking forward to next year!! Great job to all involved.”  

Bill

 New South Wales

“Very well run by a lovely team of professionals.”

Jenny

Queensland

“Well done to all involved, great to catch up with old friends and making some new ones. I always enjoy the event – for 11 years and counting. Keep up the good work and see you all next year.”

 

Brad

Victoria

“I can’t believe how good the event is for the price. We got great service from all the staff and always with a smile. My clubs are always waiting for me at each course and I get to play with someone different each round.”  

Steve

South Australia

2024 SGA Championship Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Gold Coast Direct Charters Logo
Heathcote Winery logo
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The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card

Contact us about the 2024 SGA Championships

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au

2024 SGA Autumn Classic

The 2024 SGA Autumn Classic

Bright and Myrtleford, Victoria

April 19-21, 2024

All Golfers Welcome!

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  • April 19-21, 2024

  • Bright GC and Myrtleford GC

  • 36 Holes of Golf

  • Individual and Pairs Stableford

  • 2 Nights' Accommodation

  • Breakfasts and Dinners, Prizes and more

More information about the 2024 SGA Autumn Classic

Played on a pair of fun and challenging courses, in the gorgeous Victorian High Country, The 2nd Annual SGA Autumn Classic is set to be a cracker. Played as both an individual Stableford event AND two-person team Better Ball Stableford event, the weekend features our unique blend of fun, frivolity and excitement!

Bright GC

Bright Country Golf Club

Situated at the foothills of the Victorian Alps, the Bright Country Golf Club is considered to be one of Victoria's best regional courses. Nestled alongside the Ovens River, the unique 18-hole course, designed by Tony Cashmore, features a par-72, 6097m easy-walking layout with manicured grass greens and beautifully developed tree-lined fairways. The course is a favourite of SGA Staff ... especially as there are no bunkers! (But don't let that fool you, it is challenging, fun and spectacular.).

Myrtleford

Myrtleford Golf Club

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Ovens Valley, Myrtleford boasts an 18-hole course with tree-lined fairways - (some of the River Red gums are reputed to be 300 years old). It is a challenging course with accuracy at a premium on the narrow fairways and small greens. It's another easy-walking course, with most of the fairways being flat -- with only the 9th and 18th being on a hill.

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The Bright Chalet

Located just outside of Bright, the Bright Chalet is a third-generation family business, which is popular year-round. Featuring 26 rooms over two floors, the chalet is the ideal home-base for our event. There is a full-service kitchen and dining area, dedicated bar, pool and function area. The rooms are comfortable and fully-equipped with large LCD screens, reverse-cycle air conditioning/heating, refrigerator, en-suite plus access to a balcony, with views of the surrounding mountains.

Event format - Single Stableford PLUS Pairs Better Ball

Here's everything you need to know about this 36-hole, weekend golfing adventure:

The Autumn Classic is a 36-hole golf tournament for amateur golfers. The event format for the individual grades is single stableford over two rounds. In addition, there is a team element (Pairs Better Ball/ 4BBB) event to add some extra fun and interest to the tournament. For this, only a team's best stableford score for each hole (i.e. Better Ball) is counted. These are added to make the daily team total. The team with the best total over two days wins the title.

Friday

Optional Warm-up

Get your weekend started early with an optional warm-up round. This will be an individual Stableford event, complete with prizes for the day

Saturday

Round 1

Individual Stableford PLUS Team Better Ball Stableford. A Team's best stableford score on each hole counts towards the Team Total.

Sunday

Round 2

Individual Stableford PLUS Team Better Ball Stableford. A Team's best stableford score on each hole counts towards the Team Total.

Rules:

  • Handicaps: Each pair will play via their official Golf Australia Handicaps, adjusted for the course/slope, etc. Daily results for all players will be entered on GOLF Link and will count towards players’ handicaps. Each player is personally responsible for ensuring that he or she is playing off the correct daily handicap on each day.
  • Nearest-the-Pin, plus Drive & Chip (NTP in 2 shots): will be held as some usual tasty ‘side action’ between teams.
  • Playoffs: In the event of a tie, a countback will be used to determine the winners.
  • Note that a player may only win one of the events (teams or singles). If the individual/singles winner is also one of the winning pairs team, then the next-highest-ranked individual score will be named the individual winner - this ensures we have three Champions for the event.
  • Prizes are awarded to the top Team, plus individual winner.

Entry subject to SGA Terms and Conditions

Itinerary

Day Date Time Event Course
Friday April 19 12:30pm Single Stableford (Optional Warm-up Round) Bright
Saturday April 20 10:30am Single Stableford PLUS Pairs Better Ball Myrtleford
Sunday April 21 8:00am Single Stableford PLUS Pairs Better Ball Bright

The 2024 SGA Autumn Classic Packages

Twin-share

$499 per person

  • Two nights accommodation at Bright Chalet
  • 2 x Buffet Breakfasts and Buffet Dinners
  • 36 holes of golf on Saturday & Sunday
  • Bus Transfers (Myrtleford - Sat)
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes
  • (Optional: Add a shared Cart for $25 per person per day)

Extra Golf

$60 per person

  • Optional warm-up round (Walking) on Friday - includes prizes and results on GOLF Link.
  • Add a shared Cart for $25 per person.

Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
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The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

Contact us about the 2024 SGA Autumn Classic

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

2021 William Buckley Classic

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au

Queenstown impresses (again) at 2023 Queenstown Golf Week

2023 Queenstown Golf Week

Queenstown impresses (again) at 2023 Queenstown Golf Week

Amazing golf and jaw-dropping scenery greeted SGA Golfers in 2023

SGA returned to Queenstown, New Zealand, for the 2023 Queenstown Golf Week, and the trip proved to be everything (and more) that golfers look for in a golf trip.

With some of New Zealand's top courses on offer, including Millbrook's Coronet and Remarkables courses, Jack's Point and Queenstown Golf Club, our golfers were treated to an exceptional week of golf.

2023 Queenstown Golf Week Recap

ARRIVAL AND WELCOME DINNER

Following a short 3-hour flight from Australia, golfers made their way to the new Ramada Queenstown, our home-base for the week. That night, guests enjoyed a hosted Welcome Party at the Queenstown Skyline Stratosfare restaurant, at teh top of the famous Queenstown Gondola. Golfers and their partners were treated to good food and drinks, a relaxed vibe, sweeping views of Queenstown, and a jovial atmosphere as they met their fellow golfers (many set to be life-long friends) for the week.

DAY 1 - FIRST ROUND, MILLBROOK (CORONET)

The event kicked off at the gorgeous Millbrook Golf Club. A relatively new layout on the 36-hole facility, this club hosts the NZ Open, and it was a real treat for our golfers to experience it in all its glory. The course featured gorgeous scenery all around, which (if you're not careful) can distract you from the golf itself. Overall, it was a challenging and enjoyable golf course. The course staff were friendly and helpful, and our golfers had a great time. Thanks to the course and staff for hosting us and making it a memorable day.

In the competition, David Morriss jumped into the early lead in A-Grade, with a stellar 40 points. Next best were Steve Stoward (35) and Ricardo Walkes (34).  In B-Grade, SGA stalwart Thijs van Berkel had a crazy 46 points (wow!) to lead Kevin Biddle (42) and Wayne Meiklejohn (36).

In the Novelty prizes, David "Diesal" Warwick had an absolute DAY OUT, capturing the THREE of the four NTPs. Only Gary Moller kept him from a clean sweep.

  • Hole 2 – David Warwick
  • Hole 6 – David Warwick
  • Hole 12 – David Warwick
  • Hole 16 – Gary Moller

DAY 2 - SECOND ROUND, MILLBROOK (REMARKABLES)

Our golfers returned to Millbrook to enjoy the second of the two spectacular 18-hole courses. Great weather and a solid layout kept the smiles coming! Once again, thanks to the staff at Millbrook for your hospitality.

In A-Grade, Gary Moller had a solid 37 points, followed by David Warwick and Matthew Pitt, both on 35 points. In B-Grade, John Brugman scored an impressive 42 points, with Julie Ridler and Kevin Biddle on 37 points.

After 2 rounds, David Morriss led A grade on 72 points, with Ricardo Walkes in 2nd on 68. Steve Stoward, David Warwick and Matthew Pitt were T3 on 65 points. B Grade saw Kevin Biddle on a solid 79 points (!), ahead of Thijs van Berkel on 76 and John Brugman on 75.

NTPs were

  • Hole 2 – Sandy Allan
  • Hole 6 – Gary Moller
  • Hole 13 – Justin Gao
  • Hole 18 – Jason Pratt

DAY 3 - REST DAY, OPTIONAL GOLF AT THE HILLS

A well-earned "rest day" for many of our golfers in Queenstown. There is SO MUCH to do in the area, it's hard to choose just one or two activities. While a handful of lucky golfers teed-off at the ultra-exclusive The Hills GC (featuring a perfectly-manicured course, surrounded by eclectic works of art), some of our guests took the day to explore Queenstown, "the Adventure Capital of the World"

Overall a great day was had by all. Thanks to our golfers for sharing these great photos with us.

DAY 4 - THIRD ROUND, JACK'S POINT GC

Day 3 of the 2023 Queenstown Golf Week was an ABSOLUTE CRACKER! As was the case in 2022, Jack's Point was a jaw-dropping, eyeball-widening, heart-pumping golf-bag-full-o-joy. With GORGEOUS views at every hole, it is a bucket-list course that had our golfers taking more photos than golf swings. Trust us when we say: PLAY THIS COURSE!

Thanks to the entire team at Jack's Point for hosting us. Everyone had an absolute blast.

In A-Grade, David Morriss continued his solid form, with 37 points on the day. Next best were Matthew Pitt and Steven Clare on 36. in B-Grade, Justin Gao had an impressive 40 points, followed by John Brugman (39) and Joan Swallow Hannah on 35.

After 3 rounds, David Morriss had the sole lead in A Grade, on 109 points. He was followed by a pair of SGA staffers, Matthew Pitt and Ricardo Walkes on 109. Rounding out the top-5 were Greig Little (96) and Gary Moller (93).
In B Grade, John Brugman was on top, with 114 total points. Kevin Biddle was next best on 111, followed by Simon Dobson (97) and Thijs van Berkel (97). Rounding out the top-5 was SGA partner Julie Ridler.

NTPs:

  • Hole 3 – Nicola Dress
  • Hole 7 – Matthew Pitt
  • Hole 11 – Gary Moller
  • Hole 13 – David Morriss

DAY 5 - FINAL ROUND, QUEENSTOWN GC

Five fun-filled days of world-class golf came to conclusion on the Friday, as our golfers played the picturesque Queenstown Golf Club. The amazing weather all week also came to a conclusion, of sorts, as early morning rain and a drop in temperatures saw the beanies, gloves, vests and raingear all make an appearance for the first time in the week. Nevertheless, the sun came out for the final nine, treating our golfers to more amazing scenery and some truly spectacular golf.

In A-Grade, Steve Stoward fired a solid 37 points, followed by David Morriss (36) and Jason Pratt and Gary Moller, both on 34 points. In B-Grade, Thijs van Berkel found a notable book-end to his first-round fireworks, recording the best-of-the-day score of 39 points. He was followed by Frank "Hey Bro" Elisaia  and Simon Dobson, both on 36 points.

NTPs

  • Hole 7 – Justin Gao
  • Hole 10 – Geoff Hannah
  • Hole 13 – Greig Little
  • Hole 17 – Sharon McCarthy

EVENT RESULTS

After 4 rounds on some of the planet's best courses, the event winners were revealed. Topping A-Grade, with a 13-point buffer, was David Morriss on 145 points. Congratulations David! Second went to Matthew Pitt and Ricardo Walkes on 132 points. Rounding out the top-5 were Gary Moller (127) and Greig Little (124).  In B-Grade, it was John Brugman on 147, 10 points ahead of Kevin Biddle (137) and Thijs van Berkel (136). 4th went to Simon Dobson (133), with Frank Elisaia on 130. Special mention to Julie Ridler, who was the top woman player, on 120 points.

AWARDS DINNER

Following the day, golfers and their non-golfing partners converged at Brazz Steakhouse for the Presentation Dinner. With some tasty food (and PLENTY of beverages) consumed, the night was a relaxing and fun evening where golfers chatted about their glorious (and not-so-glorious, LOL) golf shots and moments across this memorable week.

2023 SGA Queenstown Golf Week Photo Galleries

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2023 Queenstown Golf Week - Final Scores

Individual Stableford Aggregate

A GRADE FLIGHT

Pos. Player Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 David Morriss 145 40 32 37 36
T2 Matthew Pitt 132 30 35 36 31
T2 Ricardo Walkes 132 34 34 33 31
4 Gary Moller 127 27 37 29 34
5 Greig Little 124 33 29 34 28
6 Steve Stoward 123 35 30 21 37
7 Tagavaitautama Papua 118 32 31 25 30
8 David Warwick 117 30 35 27 25
9 Jason Pratt 115 29 27 25 34
T10 Steven Clare 113 31 25 36 21
T10 Steven Hing 113 32 30 27 24
T12 Nicola Dress 109 31 29 23 26
T12 Ian Crotty 109 29 25 26 29
14 Sharon McCarthy 108 27 24 30 27
15 Stephen Cameron 105 23 25 30 27
16 Tom Tomlin 97 27 26 21 23
17 Donn Jefferis 90 20 23 17 30
18 Jay Carter 85 31 28 26 0
19 James Carter 83 25 27 31 0

 

B GRADE FLIGHT

Pos. Player Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 John Brugman 147 33 42 39 33
2 Kevin Biddle 137 42 37 32 26
3 Thijs van Berkel 136 46 30 21 39
4 Simon Dobson 133 35 28 34 36
5 Frank Elisaia 130 29 35 30 36
T6 Julie Ridler 120 32 37 27 24
T6 Mick David 120 32 26 30 32
8 Justin Gao 119 27 19 40 33
9 Stephen Morris 118 28 29 26 35
10 Geoff Hannah 117 27 35 29 26
11 Diane Moody 112 29 31 22 30
12 Jun Gong 110 28 31 28 23
T13 Joan Swallow Hannah 109 28 27 35 19
T13 Stephen Ellis 109 25 25 29 30
15 Wayne Meiklejohn 94 36 33 25 0
16 Tracey Grigoriou 93 23 30 22 18
17 Kathryn Morris 86 30 32 24 0
18 Sandy Allan 81 15 24 20 22
19 Chris Moody 76 29 20 14 13
20 Carmel Meiklejohn 53 25 28 0 0

Special Thanks

Thanks to all of our host courses and clubs: Queenstown Golf Club, The Hills, Jacks Point, and Millbrook Resort for allowing us to enjoy your world-class courses.

Thanks to Stephen and his team from the top-notch Peak Golf Queenstown for all of their help and arrangements on ground.

Thanks to the Stratosfare Restaurant and Brazz Teams for taking care of us for our welcome and awards dinners!

Thanks to our amazing partners/sponsors: Srixon-Cleveland, Garmin, Heathcote Winery, TCN Gift Cards and Drummond Golf.

Most importantly, thanks to ALL of our golfers and their non-golfing partners for joining us this week. You were all a wonderful and fun-filled group, and you helped make this event extra special!

The 2024 SGA Queenstown Event

The 2024 SGA Queenstown Golf Week is in the final planning stages, and will be available for booking soon!)

The 2023 Queenstown Golf Week Partners

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The Indented Heads nab 2023 William Buckley Classic

Indented Heads nab 2023 William Buckley Classic

 The 2023 William Buckley Classic featured a Battle Royale as golfers from across the country descended upon 13th Beach GC for the 18th running of this event.

Mother Nature proved to be the toughest opponent throughout the weekend, as she greeted our players with howling winds, rain, chilly temperatures and even an early morning earthquake to the Bellarine Peninsula.

But the magnitude 5.1 tremor wasn't the only earth-shattering event on the Sunday, as a pair of newcomers to SGA made the earth move under their feet as they stormed home to a one-point victory over the field.

Congratulations to The Indented Heads (Andrew Murray & Brett Murray), whose 2-day total of 86 Stableford points (rounds of 46 + 40), edged them one point ahead of a crowded leaderboard, which saw the top 6 teams separated by only 4 points. They pipped The Point Addis Bashers (Jarrad Young & Grant Nuttall), and The Barwon Heads Sir Robins (Chris Moody & Rusty Dent) on 85 points. Rounding out the top-6 were The Murrangurk Masters (Ian Steer & Cam Thompson) on 84, The Point Lonsdale Cavemen (John Brugman & Rob Lugton) on 84, and The Bream Creek Freaks (Matt Pitt & Mick David) on 82 points. The full leaderboard can be seen below (or click here for the interactive leaderboard on Golf Genius).

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Photo Galleries

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Thanks to all of our amazing players for joining us on an epic weekend. You were all top-notch! We couldn't have a great weekend like this without you!

Thanks also to the entire team at 13th Beach Golf Links for hosting us on your wonderful course. Thanks to our sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Heathcote Winery, Garmin Australia, Drummond Golf and TCN.

Overall, it was a remarkable weekend of fun and frivolity. We hope to see you all next year on The Mornington Peninsula!

About The William Buckley Classic

A long-cherished annual event in our popular Bushranger Golf series, The William Buckley Classic is always a HUGE amount of fun. Played on some spectacular Victorian golf courses, this two-person team event is played over 36 holes of Ambrose, and features our unique blend of fun, frivolity and excitement! Golfers enjoy a personally-hosted and professionally-managed competition, on-course accommodation for two nights, Plus, all the usual fun, frivolity and excitement of an amazing golf weekend!

To see upcoming (and past) William Buckley Classic events, click here

The Stroke Kings capture 2023 SGA Championships

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The Stroke Kings capture 2023 SGA Championships

The 2023 SGA Championships saw the largest-ever field compete in SGA's flagship event, with 129 golfers making the trek to the gorgeous Gold Coast for a week of fun, sun and friendships.

The Four-Round Event, which included both Graded/Individual competitions as well as a Teams Competition, was contested over the week of August 27-Sept 1, 2023. It was played at some of Queensland's best golf courses: RACV Royal Pines, Sanctuary Cove (The Palms course), The Glades and Palmer Gold Coast courses. PLUS, there were optional bonus rounds at Lakelands and Brookwater GC

After a week of great golf, camaraderie and all-around fun, the competition began to heat up as the podium came into sight. There were some tight races in both the Grades and Teams events, with the results coming down to the last day (and in some cases, the very last hole.)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING 2023 CHAMPIONS:

A Grade: Jason Beeston (Red Bears) took top spot on 139 points, pipping Nick Sutherland (Birdie Fever) on 138 (who will rue a missed putt on 18). Third went to Kurt White (Par, Bogey, Beer, Birdie!) on 135.

B Grade had a THREE-WAY-TIE for first, all on 127 points. On Countback, the B-Grade Champion is Michael Houghton (VIC Invincibles), pipping Lindsay Scott (Redbacks SA) and Ronald Naidu (The Stroke Kings)

C Grade Champion was crowd favourite (and everybody's "Brah"), Frank Elisaia (Grumpy Old Men) on 131 points. 2nd went to Matt Carver (The Living Legends) on 127, followed by Ian Steer (The Harriets) on 122.

Ladies Grade also saw a Two-way tie for first, with Laurel Meyers (The One Putts) pipping Susan Okeby (Hole in Fun) on countback on 122 points. Third went to Lisa Garioch (Sunraysia) on 110 points - who notably went back-to-back-to-back-to-BACK on the Ladies Long Drive, nabbing the prizes in all 4 rounds!

The Teams Result was also a tight race, with plenty of rollercoaster-style action on the leaderboard all week. In the end, team Stroke Kings (Justin Gao, Ronald Naidu, Arvin Kumar and Thiruchenthuran Thiruloganathan (aka T-Rex) grabbed the hardware, with a 4-day total of 382 Stableford points. In second, two shots back, were "Par, Bogey, Beer, Birdie!" (Neill Smith, Kurt White, Paul White and Alex Robertson) on 380, with Birdie Fever (Anthony Jacobs, Nick Sutherland, Ryan Hassan and Richard Chatfield) rounding out the top 3 on 378.

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The presentation award dinner was a fully-attended affair, with many stories exchanged between old and new mates. The night capped our week of $30,000+ in prizes, and also featured our annual Raffle Draw, which featured over $5000 in prizes, including vouchers for players and Non-Golfing Partners to join us at a variety of SGA Events, including our brand-new Mission Hills Masters - Hainan Island in June 2024.

There was also an emotional moment during the presentation dinner, when the Sally Pitt Award recipient was named. Long-time SGA player and supporter Ivan Jones was nearly brought to tears when his name was called. A worthy recipient of this prestigious award (which is awarded to the player for being honest, brave and kind, all the qualities that SGA Co-Founder Sally embodied, and by which she lived her life).

FINAL SCORES - TOP-5 TEAMS

(Detailed scoring available via our Golf Genius Leaderboard)

Pos. Team Total Points R1 R2 R3 R4
1 The Stroke Kings 382 86 96 108 92
2 Par, Bogey, Beer, Birdie! 380 100 94 93 93
3 Birdie Fever 378 102 94 101 81
4 The Southern Flogs 370 97 97 92 84
5 Redbacks SA 365 88 91 93 93

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SPECIAL THANKS

SGA would like to send a hearty "THANKS" to all the players who made the trek to the Gold Coast. Without you, we would not have an event.

We would like to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners for the week. Notably Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin Australia, Heathcote Winery, The Card Network, and Mantra Hotels. And our partner courses Lakelands Golf Club, RACV Royal Pines, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, The Glades,  Brookwater Golf & Country Club, and Palmer Gold Coast for all their help. Thanks, too, to our Minor Sponsors Blacksheep Advisory and Barmah Park Wines.

Finally, we would like to give a shout out to the amazing Julie Ridler from Gold Coast Direct Charters, who managed all of the transfers (and many other things!) in a very challenging week. THANKS JULIE! (We recommend to all our SGA Fans -- if you are ever on the Gold Coast, and need a lift/tour/transfer, give Julie a call. You won't be disappointed).

And that's a wrap! We hope to see you all at next year's event

2023 SGA Championships Sponsors

The SGA Championships

ABOUT THE SGA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Regarded as a must-play event on most clubs' Social Golf calendars, the SGA Championships is our flagship event on teh Gold Coast. It sees golfers and social clubs from across Australia converge upon the Gold Coast for a week of spectacular golf, energetic competition and, most importantly, a ton of fun.

To see upcoming SGA Championships events, click here

2024 Kelly Gang Shootout

The 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout

Club Tocumwal - Murray River

July 20-21, 2024

Battle like a Team of Bushrangers in the 19th Annual Kelly Gang Shootout!

2024 KGS (2000 x 2000 px)

WHAT: 19th Annual SGA Kelly Gang Shootout
WHEN:
July 20-21, 2024
WHERE:
Club Tocumwal - Murray River
FORMAT: Team Ambrose (2-person and 4-person)
WHO: Open to all golfers, regardless of skill, background, gender or age.
WHY: Cameraderie, fun, and prizes
WHAT'S INCLUDED: 36 holes of golf, Accommodation, daily breakfasts, Meal vouchers, Prizes and Fun
HOW MUCH: Packages start at $539 per person.

More information about the 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout

A long-cherished annual event in our popular Bushranger Golf series, The Kelly Gang Shootout is always a HUGE amount of fun. Played on some spectacular Murray River golf courses, the KGS is a four-person team event played over 36 holes of Ambrose, and features all the usual fun, frivolity and excitement of an amazing golf weekend.

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Club Tocumwal

Tocumwal Golf Club is a 36-hole championship golf course, and is the home of Golf Australia's annual Australian Southern Regional Trainee Championships. This immaculately-presented course boasts the region's finest greens and playing surfaces, on two immaculate championship courses, the Captains Course and the Presidents Course.

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Tocumwal Golf Resort

The 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout features on-course accommodation at Club Tocumwal, with single, twin-share and triple-share options available. All units are set around a central entertaining area, consisting of a free gas barbecue, a salt chlorinated pool and spa to swim in or relax by and it is all set amongst shade sails, palm trees and giant gum trees.

2024 Kelly Gang Shootout Itinerary

Day Date Time Event Course
Friday July 19 2-tee start from 11:30am Single Stableford (Optional Warm-up Round. Max of 40 golfers) Presidents
Saturday July 20 1-tee start from 9:30am KGS 2-ball ambrose Captains
Sunday July 21 8:30am 2-tee start KGS 4-ball ambrose Presidents
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The 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout Packages

Twin-share

$539 per person

  • Two nights' Accommodation at Tocumwal Golf Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Breakfast daily at Clubhouse Cafe
  • 2 x $10 Vouchers for evening meals at the Bistro
  • Tournament Program
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

Triple-share

$569 per person

  • Two nights' Accommodation at Tocumwal Golf Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Breakfast daily at Clubhouse Cafe
  • 2 x $10 Vouchers for evening meals at the Bistro
  • Tournament Program
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

Single Room

$699 per person

  • Two nights' Accommodation at Tocumwal Golf Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Breakfast daily at Clubhouse Cafe
  • 2 x $10 Vouchers for evening meals at the Bistro
  • Tournament Program
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

Extra Golf

$60 per person

  • Optional warm-up round on Friday - includes cart, prizes and results on GOLF Link.

A $250 deposit secures your place in this exclusive field.

Full payment due May 15th, 2024

The 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout Sponsors

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Contact us about the 2024 Kelly Gang Shootout

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

Michael David

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au

The Euroa Removalists capture 2023 Kelly Gang Shootout

Euroa Removalists capture the 2023 Kelly Gang Shootout

The 2023 Kelly Gang Shootout proved why it is among our most popular annual events, with a whopping 52 players making a gaolbreak for the 18th running of this event.

With sunny and pleasant conditions throughout the weekend at The Murray River, the quality of play on the magnificent Cobram Barooga Golf Courses was stellar.

Congratulations to The Euroa Removalists (Adrian Dallas + Ashley Davis + Brendan Davis + Nick Randone) who won in stellar fashion. With a two-day total of 197, they were 3 shots clear of The Avenel Gang (David Warwick, Fraser Gough, Matthew Pitt and Mick Van Raay) and The Mansfield Wombats (Aaron Henderson, Michael Xiberras, Shane Lawlor and Will Power) on 200 points. The Shoeshop Squirrel Grippers (Atholl Johnstone, Cameron Dunn, Richard Fellner and Rob Lugton) took 4th on 206.

Thanks to all of our amazing players for joining us on an epic weekend. You were all top-notch! We couldn't have a great weekend like this without you!

Thanks also to the entire team at Cobram Barooga Golf Club for hosting us on your wonderful course. Thanks to our sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Heathcote Winery, Garmin Australia, Drummond Golf and TCN.  Also, thanks to The Back Nine - Custom Golf Gear for donating the cool headcover prizes.

Overall, it was a remarkable weekend of fun and frivolity. We hope to see you all next year!

Below is the full rundown of the weekend's festivities.

2023 KGS Leaderboard

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ABOUT THE KELLY GANG SHOOTOUT

A long-cherished annual event in our popular Bushranger Golf series, The Kelly Gang Shootout is always a HUGE amount of fun. Played on some spectacular Murray River golf courses, this four-person team event is played over 36 holes of Ambrose, and features our unique blend of fun, frivolity and excitement! Golfers enjoy a personally-hosted and professionally-managed competition, on-course accommodation for two nights, Plus, all the usual fun, frivolity and excitement of an amazing golf weekend!

To see upcoming Kelly Gang Shootout events, click here

2024 Mission Hills Masters

SGA, in partnership with AYM Golf Tours and Hainan Airlines presents:

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The 2024 Mission Hills Masters

Mission Hills Resort - Hainan Island

June 9-15, 2024

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Tee it up in a tropical island paradise, featuring a five-star resort and world-class golf.

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WHAT: Fully-hosted 7-day golfing adventure
WHEN:
June 9-15, 2024
WHERE:
The tropical and scenic Hainan Island - known as the “Hawaii of China
FORMAT: Stableford (or just play Socially)

WHAT'S INCLUDED: 4 rounds of golf, 6 nights Accommodation (5-star), Daily breakfasts, Welcome and Presentation Dinners, Carts, Caddies, Transfers, Prizes and Fun

Packages start at $2299 per person.

The 2024 Mission Hills Masters Tees off in:

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YOUR ITINERARY: 2024 Mission Hills Masters

Like all SGA Trips and Tours, this fully-hosted golf week will feature our unique brand of high-quality golf and "a really good vibe".

In essence, we've done the hard yards for you. All you need to do is have fun!

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DAY 1 - Sunday, June 9, 2024

ARRIVAL AT HAINAN ISLAND

Arrive at Hainan Island via Melbourne/Sydney.

You will be picked-up at the airport and transfer to the Mission Hills Resort - Haikou.

That night, enjoy a Welcome Dinner, where you will meet your fellow travelers, and get prepared for a week of fun.

(Note: Depending on your flight arrangements/city, you can arrange for an earlier arrival date.)

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DAY 2 - Monday, June 10, 2024

Meadow Links

Based upon the traditional US Open courses of the eastern United States, this layout features lay-of-the land sensibilities and somewhat geometric shapes in both bunkering and fairway lines. Distinctive features such as the fabled “Church Pew” bunkers make for a unique look where grass-faced bunkers and native grasses give the course an open meadow feel with occasional clusters of trees. Large greens create difficult putting opportunities.

Inclusions: Breakfast.

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DAY 3 - Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Sandbelt Trails

Sandbelt Trails is patterned after the exceptionally strong courses of the Australian Sandbelt, including Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath. The course features large bunkers dominated by high sand flashes and crisp, thick lips that rise above fairway and green surfaces. Large greens feature plenty of movement and square tees add to the distinct look. The predominant tree is eucalyptus in keeping with the Australian inspirations. The gently rolling, sometimes flattish terrain has been capped with plenty of width to provide vast playing surface and alternative angles of attack from its sweeping fairways.

Inclusions: Breakfast

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DAY 4 - Wednesday, June 12, 2024

REST DAY - Optional round at Stepping Stone OR Double Pin

Today, you can take this Rest Day to explore the resort, or the city of Haikou, and/or Hainan Island.

Or, if you want even more golf, you can play your choice of one of Mission-Hills' fun but challenging 18-hole Par-3 courses. Double Pin features two pins at each green, with one easier/more accessible location and one much more difficult. An arboretum-style landscape will provide an enjoyable atmosphere full of colorful trees and flowers. Stepping Stone (pictured) is a true pitch and putt course, featuring dramatic islands of turf surrounded by lava rock and large sand expanses. It is a beautiful, fun and quick round, with plenty of challenge throughout.

Inclusions: Breakfast.

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DAY 5. Thursday, June 13, 2024

Lava Fields

While similar in many respects to the Tournament Course with its irregular lines of turf and wild bunkering, Lava Fields presents far less tree cover. There is a feel of expanse that creates a big look and the black rock and sand dominate the landscape like no other course in the world. At 7400 yards, it is capable of hosting significant events.

Inclusions: Breakfast

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DAY 6. Friday, June 14, 2024

Blackstone

Voted best championship course in Asia, this spectacular golf course hosted The Match at Mission Hills in 2013 with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The course weaves through a striking landscape of mature trees, thick jungle vegetation, and expansive lakes and wetlands. The dominating site characteristic is the bed of lava rock, which has been incorporated as an integral element. Adding to the look are wild, irregular bunker edges and transitional sand edges that effortlessly work into native lava rock. In addition, there is only a fairway cut (no rough, not even at bunker faces). The naturally rolling terrain sees dramatic elevation change and great care was taken to find as many natural holes as possible.

That night, enjoy a Closing Presentation Dinner, where you can share your week's golfing highlights with your new-found friends and travellers.

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DAY 7 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

TRAVEL DAY

Check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Inclusions: Breakfast.

(Note, later departures can be arranged to accommodate your flights)

Optional Tour Extension

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DAY 8-10

The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula

There is also an optional 4-day/3-night Tour Extension, following the main event, for those who want EVEN MORE great golf.

The extension includes The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula, which is about 2.5 hours south of Mission Hills. SGA's Matthew Pitt and Sheri Yu recently visited the course, and we can confirm that it is MINT. SGA's Mick David has proclaimed it as "the best course I have ever seen". So you know you'll be in for a treat with this extension.

15 June                Transfer from Mission Hills to Sheraton (2.5 hours)
16 June                Peninsula Dunes – West Course
17 June                Peninsula Dunes – East Course
18 June                Depart for the Airport

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Accommodation

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Mission Hills Resort Haikou

The World’s Largest Spa Spring Resort, Mission Hills Hotel Haikou is an 18-floor 5-star luxury resort hotel that features clubhouses, shopping malls, a well-equipped sports & recreation center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, water park, artificial beach and 168 hot and cool natural mineral pools. It also commands a panoramic view of world-class volcanic golf courses, and is well positioned near plenty of amenities.

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Bring your partner (or the family!)

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Mission Hills Resort Haikou

The World’s Largest Spa Spring Resort, Mission Hills Haikou is a 5-star luxury resort hotel that features:

  • Wellness Spa
  • Shopping malls
  • Over 200 volcanic mineral springs
  • Sports & recreation center
  • Indoor & outdoor swimming pools
  • A water park
  • An artificial beach

It's fun for EVERYONE. So your non-golfing partners will have plenty to keep them entertained. Plus, there's even more shopping, sightseeing and attractions within close proximity to the Resort. Win-win!

 

Did You know?

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"Quick-9" facts about Mission Hills - Haikou and Hainan Island

  1. It's Big: Mission Hills Haikou is the world's 2nd-largest golf complex (behind Mission Hills Shenzhen).
  2. VERY Big. Mission Hills Resort is MASSIVE; it sits on 80 square km of land with 539 suites and guest rooms.
  3. Did we mention that it's big? Hainan's capital city, Haikou, is home to nearly 3 million people, with a massive international airport.
  4. It's Safe: Hainan Island is an international tourist destination, and is safe, clean and welcoming to all.
  5. No Visa Required: If you only travel between Australia to Hainan Island return, you do not need a visa.
  6. It's Relaxing: The resort features the Largest Mineral Spring Spa Complex in the world.
  7. It's a golfing mecca: There are over 60 golf courses on the island (and 10 at Mission Hills China).
  8. It's Tropical: Hainan Island has been known as the Hawaii of China with amazing beaches and holiday resorts, and it features beautiful, warm weather.
  9. It's World-Class. The premier course at Mission Hills, Blackstone, hosted The Match at Mission Hills in 2013 with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

 

Your SGA Hosts for this trip

This trip/event is set to be one of SGA's Major Events, and will be hosted by members of the SGA team, ensuring your trip is set to be fun, memorable and hassle-free.

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Mick David

General Manager
Richard Fellner

Richard Fellner

Media Manager
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
Paul White

Paul White

Handicap Manager
Sheri Yu

Sheri Yu

Travel Manager
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events Manager

Your Hainan Island Golf Courses + Accommodation

The 2024 Mission Hills Masters - Golf Week Package

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Your Golf Week Package Includes:

  • 6 nights Accommodation at Mission Hills Resort Haikou, Deluxe room (5 star)
  • 4 rounds of golf at 4 different golf courses with cart and caddy at each golf course
  • Tournament management and Prizes (TBC)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Closing Farewell Dinner
  • Volcanic mineral springs at Mission Hills Haikou
  • Tour personally hosted and professionally managed by SGA and AYM Golf Tours staff
  • Arrival & Departure transfers via coach from Airport to hotel

Package pricing (Land only)

Twin-Share Room

$2599 $2299 pp

  • Early Bird Rate, Save $300
  • Extra Nights: $100pp pn
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Single Room

$3199 $2899 pp

  • Early Bird Rate, Save $300
  • Extra Nights: $200pp pn
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Pkg: Golfer + Non-Golfing Partner

$4198 $3598 Total

  • Early Bird Rate, Save $600 per room
  • Extra Nights: $200 per room/night
  • Price listed is TOTAL for both people for the week (i.e. $2299 for golfer + $1299 for Non-Golfing partner)
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(All prices in Australian dollars and are per person, unless noted. Prices based on 24 players - if numbers changes, prices may be adjusted)

Optional Extras

Optional Bonus Round
$80

Bonus round of golf at either Stepping Stone or Double Pin

$80
Tour Extension
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Tour Extension - Play The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula

$1,199pp (Twin-share)... OR ... $1,499 pp (Single)

  • 3 Nights Accommodation – Sheraton
  • 2 Rounds Golf – Peninsula Dunes
  • Golf Carts Twin Share and Caddies
  • Transfers from MH to Sheraton
  • All Golf Course transfers.
  • Transfers from Sheraton to Haikou Airport
  • Volcanic mineral springs at Mission Hills Haikou
  • Tour personally hosted and professionally managed by SGA and AYM Golf Tours staff
  • Arrival & Departure transfers via coach from Airport to hotel

Exclusions

PACKAGES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport Taxes and Visa charges (if applicable - If you only travel between Australia to Hainan Island return, you do not need a visa)
  • Lunches & dinners (apart from those noted above)
  • Alcohol/drinks
  • Caddy Tips (Suggest AUD$15-20 per person per round, pay directly to caddie)
  • Other personal expenses

Getting to Hainan Island - Haikou

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Hainan Airlines

SGA and AYM Golf Tours are proud to partner with Hainan Airlines - one of the fastest-growing airlines in China, with a 5-star Skytrax rating for 12 years in a row. Offering services to Haikou, Hainan Airlines offers high-quality service at competitive prices. Plus: When you fly Hainan Airlines direct to Haikou from Australia (i.e. bypassing Mainland China), you will avoid any Visa hassles or fees.

Note: SGA have pre-booked blocks of seats for flights from Sydney and Melbourne. These are available ONLY by booking through the SGA booking system, and will be offered on a strict first-in basis.

Melbourne - Haikou Return

$795 pp (Return)

  • Dep June 7 (Fri), 20:45pm
  • Ret June 16 (Sun) or 18 (Tue), 01:20am
Limited Supply

Sydney - Haikou Return

$895 pp (Return)

  • Dep June 8 (Sat), 20:55pm
  • Ret June 18 (Tue), 02:20am
Limited Supply

(* SGA are currently negotiating Sydney seats, based on current numbers, so there may be slight fluctuations)

BOOK-IN TODAY

EARLY BIRDS: Reserve your place ASAP and receive a $300 discount.

This trip is limited to the first 60 golfers to book, so reserve your place ASAP.

Online Bookings, Prices & Payments

Entry in the tour is subject to accepting the SGA Terms & Conditions of entry. To secure your place, a $1000 deposit is required to book. Bookings and payments are made directly to SGA.  Once you have completed the online booking, we will contact you with booking confirmation and payment information. Payment can be made by direct deposit or by credit card over the phone. Note that payments for the land package are made to Social Golf Australia and payments for airfares are made privately.

To register and make payment Click the link above or EFT (with YOUR name in the payment reference) to:

Social Golf Australia
Bendigo Bank
BSB: 633000
Account Number: 130203821

For credit card payments (add 2%), call Mick David on 0402 488 253

Travel and Tour Partner - AYM Golf Tours

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AYM Golf Tours Pty Ltd specialise in providing exclusive 5-star fully escorted golf tours and tournaments, with optional sightseeing opportunities spanning Australia, Asia, and other countries. With meticulous attention to detail, AYM Golf Tours is a highly-respected and esteemed tour operator in the golf travel industry. Their commitment to delivering exceptional service and unforgettable experiences has earned them a reputable standing among golf enthusiasts worldwide. Managing Director, Ms. Sheri Yu, is an Australian citizen of Chinese descent, with over 20 years of expertise in hospitality and tourism, including Australian qualifications in Advanced Travel & Tourism Management, Hospitality, and Business Management.  Sheri also has extensive experience in hospitality management in Shenzhen and Hainan Island, China.   With her profound knowledge, experience, and language skills, Sheri excels in organizing professional and high-value golf trips to the most stunning destinations around the world.

Event Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
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Garmin Australia
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Contact us about the 2024 Mission Hills Masters

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

2022 Trans-Murray Matchplay

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Sheri Yu

Sheri Yu

Travel Manager
0438 866 850
sheri@sgatour.com.au

Exciting finish at inaugural SGA Autumn Classic

Thrilling finish at Inaugural SGA Autumn Classic

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It was an absolutely incredible weekend at Murray Downs Resort for the Inaugural SGA Autumn Classic, held May 5-7, 2023.

While much of the country saw rainy and miserable conditions throughout the weekend, the booked-out field at Murray Downs enjoyed sunshine, great golf, plenty of laughs and heaps of camaraderie.

Despite a few chilly morning starts, the golf heated up throughout the weekend, with some stellar scoring in the Pairs Better Ball and Individual Stableford competitions.

Round 1 - Saturday

The most notable score of the day was a spectacular 41 points from Geoff Hannah. That placed him firmly atop the Singles leaderboard, with SGA's own Matthew Pitt one shot back on 40. Ben Sterck rounded out the top 3 on a very solid 38 points.

Much to the delight of Hannah and Sterck, they were also teammates in the Pairs Best Ball Competition, which (not surprisingly) saw them at the top of the board on 50 Best Ball points (!). Next best were Steve Pettit + Paul Pearce (44 points), and Drew Hallam + Al Clelland (also on 44).

Round 2 - Sunday

Round 2 was a chilly (er...FRESH) morning, which saw teams (and one car) struggle to get started. But when the sun came out, the guns came out, and there was some serious jockeying on the leaderboard.

When the final scores were tallied, the Hannah/Sterck team managed to limp over the line and squeak out an Inaugural SGA Autumn Classic victory in the Pairs comp with 85 total points, on a Countback from the fast-finishing team of Kathy Ridley and Mick David. 3rd went to Drew Hallam and Al Clelland, one shot back on 84. In 4th were Phoebe Burfield and Salli Fox (83), with four teams tied for 5th on 81.

In the Singles Overall competition, Salli Fox (74 points) pipped Mick David (72), with Lyn Mayne & Matthew Pitt equal 3rd on 67. Rounding out the top-5 were Al Clelland and Tony Grant, both on 66.

Thanks

A warm thank you to all of our players for joining us for a great weekend - you are the reason why our events are so fun and successful. Thanks, too, to the entire staff at Murray Downs Resort and the Golf Club for hosting us at your spectacular facility. Finally, a special thanks to our sponsors, Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin Australia, Drummond Golf, Heathcote Winery and TCN for their generous prizes.