SGA Championships

The SGA Championships

Tee it up on the Gold Coast's top courses and battle for over $30k in prizes

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

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.

Upcoming SGA Championships:

SGA Championships 2019

2021 SGA Championships

Gold Coast. 10-15 October, 2021
Compete for over $15,000 in prizes as you tee it up at the magnificent Sanctuary Cove, Royal Pines, Palm Meadows, The Glades, Lakelands and Brookwater GC, and enjoy high-quality accommodation, food, and post-golf activities!

What past players have said:

“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 Matt, Sally and the crew. We had a ball again and we can't wait till next year's 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

About The SGA Championships

Here's everything you need to know about this must-play, week-long golfing extravaganza:

The SGA Championships Week!

The SGA Championships is a four-round, 72-hole tournament playing single stableford with A, B, C & Ladies Grade with over $30K of prizes. There is also a side competition for extra trophies and prizes for a four-player team event playing stableford aggregate. The event is played over six days (starting with a pre-event optional warm-up round, and a mid-event rest day, also with an optional round of golf).

Day 1

Optional 4-Ball Ambrose

Get your week started early with an optional warm-up round. The 4-Ball Ambrose competition is a hit with players, and features a separate prize pool and awards presentation

Day 2

Round 1 -Single and Teams Stableford

Round 1 of the 72-Hole event sees our competitors battle it out for early glory. The day's play is followed by a prize presentation and plenty of post-round frivolity!

Day 3

Round 2 - Single and Teams Stableford

Round 2 is where the competitors start jockeying for position in the overall event. The day's play is followed by a prize presentation and after-golf activities.

Day 4

Rest Day - Optional Golf

Take a break and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer. OR, make the most of your trip and tee it up in a bonus round of golf that we arrange at a premium Gold Coast course. It's up to you!

Day 5

Round 3 -Single and Teams Stableford

Round 3 is Moving Day, and (if you're still able to move after the first three days of fun and frivolity!) it's your chance to shoot up the leaderboard! As usual, post-round activities are plentiful.

Day 6

Round 4 - Single and Teams Stableford

Round 4 is where the rubber meets the road, and our golfers put on their Game Faces. Aim for glory and don't look back! The day's play is followed by the final Awards Ceremony and Closing Dinner. 

Host courses throughout the years

Sanctuary Cove Palms Course

Sanctuary Cove (Palms Course)

The Palms Golf Course is considered a championship course rivalling some of the best golf courses in Australia, now ranked in Australian Golf Digest’s Top 50 golf courses. It is a return to the traditions of the game, with distinctive holes, deep greenside bunkers and boldly contoured greens requiring creative shot making. The Palms is designed to challenge players of all abilities. In the Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Australian Golf Course rankings. 

Sanctuary Cove Pines

Sanctuary Cove (Pines Course)

As Australia’s only Arnold Palmer signature course, The Pines golf course is recognised as one of Australia’s best and most challenging courses. Ranked as one of Australian Golf Digest’s Top golf courses, The Pines is carved through 101 hectares of established pine forest, the course features corridor approaches to several holes, with lakes guarding others. Fourteen of the holes are contoured around six man-made lakes. An abundance of wildlife features on The Pines including rare bird life and scores of native Australian kangaroos.

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Brookwater Golf and Country Club

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 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 golf enthusiasts of all levels. 

Lakelands Golf Club

Lakelands Golf Club

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.

RACV Royal Pines LR

RACV Royal Pines Resort

RACV Royal Pines Resort 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. 

Palm Meadows

Palm Meadows Golf Course

Palm Meadows was the first golf resort course on the Gold Coast, and pioneered the Australian resort golfing boom. The challenging 350-hectare par 72 course was designed by renowned course-designer Graham Marsh. It measures 6319 metres off the championship tees and the opening and closing holes are rated among the greatest in Australian golf. Water comes into play on 14 holes and there are 82 sand bunkers around the course. 

Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Mantra Hotels Resorts Apartments Logo
Garmin
Gold Coast Direct Charters Logo
Heathcote Winery logo
Australian Golf Digest Logo
The Card Network Logo
The Card Network
Pub and Bar card

History of the SGA Championships

THE BEGINNING - ASGCC

Founded in 2005 as The Australian Social Golf Club Championships (ASGCC) at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast, the SGA Championships has attracted social golfers from around Australia every August to compete for the national title.

The event was originally a five-day (practice round & 72-holes) stand-alone event for players representing their social golf clubs. In 2006, the event became a 54-hole tournament and in 2008 the event expanded to be played over three courses for the first time, with Sanctuary Cove and Royal Pines added to the roster. As the foundation course, Palm Meadows remained as the host for the final round of the Championships. In 2009, two new courses were added to the roster: the highly-rated Lakelands and Robina Woods.

THE SGA YEARS

In 2009, Social Golf Australia assumed management of the event in partnership with Event HQ and Palm Meadows. In 2013, The Glades was included and the event returned to a 72-hole tournament with a rest day introduced between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

2016 saw SGA re-brand the event as The SGA Championships. The same year we were pleased to welcome Srixon and Cleveland Golf as our equipment partners and in 2017 we commenced with Garmin as our technology partner and one of the major sponsors of the tournament.

Each year has seen significant growth for the event and, with the exception of a Covid-19-reduced field, it has seen full fields and hundreds of happy golfers every year!

Honourboard: Past Champions

2005 Robina Tavern QLD Brett Robinson Jon Palk Tony Ferguson Lyle Rixon
2006 QLD Buffalos QLD David Twaddell Jack Zydbel Ladislao Rodrigo Simon Condor
2007 QLD Buffalos QLD David Twaddell Jack Zydbel Ladislao Rodrigo Simon Condor
2008 SP SGC VIC Steve Plunkett Mark Mahaffy Stive Cattapan Phillip Cave
2009 SP SGC VIC Steve Plunkett Mark Mahaffy Stive Cattapan Phillip Cave
2010 Emu Plains NSW Paul Hangan Larry Stephens Jarrod Hillier Ian Gribble
2011 Nunawading VIC Greig Slight Noel Tuck Rob McLauchlan Dave Duncan
2012 Baysiders NSW Bruce Crebert David Colley John Moseley Tony Maher
2013 Baysiders NSW Bruce Cox Rod Donnelly Vic Manitta Laurence Wilson
2014 NSW SGA Tour 2 NSW Craig O'Donnell Nathan Smith Neil Carpenter Glen McGowan
2015 Tour Fore Golfers 2 QLD Dan Goatham Monty Baker Malcolm Jones n/a
2016 NSW SGA Tour B NSW Taga Papua Jade Lowe Steve Vuletic n/a
2017 Tour Fore Golfers B QLD Neill Smith Kevin Biddle Jason Beeston Chris Ross
2018 NSW SGA Tour B NSW Ben Jones Dan Cronin Aaron Cook Peter Dennis
2019 SA All Stars SA Ron Burrows Ben Burrows Russ Rawlings Matt Sutton
2020 Townsville Threeputts Qld Trevor Slogrove Steve Francis David Douglas Johnny Gazzera

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