The SGA Tasman Classic
Your Ultimate Tasmania Golf Trip!
Tee it up on a "Bucket List" adventure in this exciting Tasmania Golf Trip:
- Play 54 holes on Australia’s most amazing and popular golf courses.
- Enjoy spectacular on-course accommodation.
- Battle for individual and team honours and great prizes.
Most importantly, have a heap of fun!
A major annual highlight on the calendar for many of our golfers, the SGA Tasman Classic is a three-day Tasmanian Golf Trip that is packed with adventure. Tee it up at Tasmania's Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm, or King Island's Ocean Dunes and Cape Wickham, and enjoy Australia’s most spectacular and popular golf courses! Play 54 holes of world-class golf over three days, enjoy spectacular on-course accommodation, and battle for great prizes. Most importantly, have a heap of fun!
2022 SGA Tasman Classic
Details Coming Soon
The 2022 SGA Tasman Classic event is in the planning stages. Details coming soon. Watch this space!
Past Tasman Classic Champions
SGA Tasman Classic Honour Board
|2021||Barnbougle/Farm||Michael Freake||Jerry Nguyen||Rebecca Heng|
|2019||Cape Wickham/Ocean Dunes||Matt Thomas||Chris Moody||Glen Dalman|
|2018||Barnbougle/Farm||Pete Dennis||Glen McGowan||Mark McNamara|
|2017||Cape Wickham/Ocean Dunes||Scott Blair-West||Shane Lawlor||Mark Henderson|
|2016||Barnbougle/Farm||Gareth Hoar||William Kain||Joel Mathew|
|2015||Hidden Valley, Axedale GC and Heathcote GC||Darren Nelson||Joel Matthews||Des Baker|
|2014||Barnbougle/Farm||Sebastian Shand||Athol Marks||Mark O'Dwyer|
|2013||Curlewis GC, Anglesea GC & The Sands Torquay||Mark Henderson||Richard Fellner||Matthew Pitt|
|2012||Barnbougle/Farm||Ian Crotty||Mark Morgan||Craig Smith|
|2011||Barnbougle/Farm||Brendan Vanderwerf||Liam Anderson||Matthew Pitt|
SGA Tasman Classic Format
The Tasman Classic features an individual format, and we also have a pairs and a singles category to determine who the three (or more) Champions are each year.
We play a different format each day (Stableford, Par & Stroke), and run an Order of Merit points system. Each day, player's scores are ranked from first to last, and points will be allocated according to the player's rank. The points for the three rounds are totalled, and the player(s) with the greatest points are declared the winners.
To establish the three winners, we run a singles and a pairs division. For the pairs division, all players are paired with a mate, and the combined total of their points scored over three days are their pairs result.
Day 1 is 18 holes of the popular and exciting Stableford format. Full handicaps will be used, and scores for both individual and team points will be allocated.
On Day 2, we play 18 holes of Par format, where you are essentially playing Match Play vs the course. Like in Day 1, Full handicaps will be used, and scores for both individual and team points will be allocated.
Day 3 is 18 holes of Stroke format. Bring your A-Game, because every shot counts (note we have a 10-shot mercy rule, see below). Full handicaps will be used, and scores for both individual and team points will be allocated.
Special Rules and Info
Irish Drop Rule
Barnbougle has as a local rule that a ball lost in the deep rough can be regarded as lost in a hazard and the player takes a stroke penalty but not distance, so a ball can be dropped at the point of entry into the rough (as per a lateral water hazard). This is valuable to implement as conditions can get tough at times and this rule increases the enjoyment for all and speeds up play.
10-Shot Mercy Rule
For the stroke round we have a 10 shot mercy rule. Thus, 10 is the maximum score for any hole. So when a player has had nine shots and they have not holed out, they can pick up and record the score as 10. This will avoid any unnecessarily embarrassing numbers and help keep up the pace of play.
There are no countbacks or playoffs, so if there is a tie in either the pairs or the singles event, all tied players are declared the champions for that year. In the event that the individual winner is also one of the winning pairs team, only two winners will be declared champions for that year.
Farmer Mulligan Rule
Lost Farm has 20 holes - two extra (betting) holes are included on the scorecard as 13A & 18A. As we want to play all 20 holes, we will include these two extra holes in our comp and players get two Mulligan holes. 13A is index 19 and 18A is index 20. Players with handicaps of more than 18 will use these as their 19th and 20th holes where they get one shot, and golfers with handicaps of more than 20 will get two shots on each hole from the hardest ranked hole. Hence, golfer with a handicap of 21 will only get 2 shots on the hole ranked # 1 on the stroke index. At the end of the Lost Farm rounds, players eliminate their two worst holes and tally their score from their best 18 holes for the day.
The Barnbougle courses have four sets of tees and each of the tees are recommended for players of a particular handicap range. Our aim will be to play off the equivalent of the Blue & Red Tees each day, however this may be amended with consideration to the playing conditions and weather on each day. If a golfer prefers to play off longer tees than the ones we have set for the day, they are welcome to do so – the event is primarily for the fun of playing these superb golf courses and players will not be restricted from playing from the tees that they will enjoy most.
History of the SGA Tasman Classic, the Ultimate Tasmania Golf Trip
The SGA Tasman Classic was originally developed in 2011 through our Bushranger Golf brand as the Cash and Co Classic. It was a weekend Tasmania Golf Trip that allowed our golfers to get away, and test themselves on some great golf courses.
In the first two years of the Cash and Co Classic, we played two rounds at Barnbougle Dunes, and one round at The Lost Farm. It was a deluxe golf trip with chartered private planes taking us directly from Moorabbin Airport to the golf courses.
With the opening of the magnificent Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes golf courses on King Island, we had many customers inquiring about an event staged at these remarkable new layouts. Thus, we redeveloped the Cash and Co Classic to alternate annually between two of the best golf destinations in Australia – Barnbougle Dunes and King Island.
As the event grew, we decided to move it within the growing stable of SGA events and tournaments. So, in 2017 the event was re-branded to The SGA Tasman Classic, and has quickly grown to become one of SGA’s most popular annual events.
Alternating each year between two of Australia’s most exciting golf destinations—Tasmania’s Barnbougle Dunes and King Island—The SGA Tasman Classic sees our golfers tee it up at some of the highest-rated courses in the world. They enjoy 54 holes of high-quality golf over three days (including a Personally-hosted and professionally-managed competition for both individual and two-person teams). In addition, there is on-course accommodation for two nights, and the choice of either commercial flights or chartered flights which land right at the golf course.
Plus, all the usual fun, frivolity and excitement of an amazing golf weekend!