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 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

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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.

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Mick David

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

Sheri Yu

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

2024 SGA Tasman Classic – Barnbougle Dunes, Tasmania

The 12th Annual SGA Tasman Classic

Tasmania - Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm

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  • May 3-5, 2024

  • Barnbougle, Tasmania

  • 3 rounds of world-class golf over three days

  • 2 nights' on-course accommodation

  • Individual Stableford (Aggregate) Format

  • Packages start at $949

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, and enjoy Australia’s most spectacular and popular golf courses!

2024 SGA Tasman Classic Courses

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Bougle Run - Short Course

Designed by internationally acclaimed Golf Architect Bill Coore, Bougle Run’s 14 holes consist of 12 par-3s and two par 4s which sit on the tall, undulating coastal dunes between Lost Farm’s front and back 9. The route, which includes some of the highest points of the entire Barnbougle complex, is set slightly back from the coastline, providing aerial-like views over the Lost Farm Course and Anderson’s Bay. A fun, challenging addition to Barnbougle’s two world top 100 courses, Bougle Run is designed for golfers of all abilities and the perfect option to sate your golf appetite in just 90 minutes.

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Barnbougle Dunes

Rated the #2 Golf Course in Australia by Australian Golf Magazine and #11 in the World by U.S. Golf Digest, The Dunes course at Barnbougle, with its spectacular vistas of Tasmania’s North East Coast, is a Links Golf Course unlike any other in Australia. Featuring rugged terrain, challenging risk-reward options and some of the most spectacular golf views in the world, Barnbougle Dunes is a must-play for any golfer.

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The Lost Farm

Ranked as the #2 public course in Australia, and #23 in the World, The Lost Farm is remarkably different to it's older "brother" course.  Featuring 20 holes that wind along the coast and through the coastal dunes, The Lost Farm course is a slightly more "open" layout that offers an exciting challenge for golfers of all levels.

2024 SGA Tasman Classic Accommodation

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LOST FARM LODGE

Stay on-site at Barnbougle and enjoy the stunning views of the Lost Farm course and surrounding coastline and hinterland. The Lost Farm Lodge provides a stylish accommodation option for those looking to wake up right on course, with each suite only a short stroll to the Lodge RestaurantSpaClubhouse and first tee. Lost Farm Lodge offers two types of luxury accommodation – Single and Double Queen Suites. These open plan, hotel-style rooms provide a choice of views, looking out across Anderson Bay and the Lost Farm Golf Course.

2024 SGA Tasman Classic Itinerary

Day Time Action
Friday May 3, 2024 1:00pm First groups tee off at Bougle Run
Saturday May 4, 2024 8:00am (2-Tee) Tee off at Barnbougle Dunes
Sunday May 5, 2024 8:00am (2-Tee) First groups tee off at The Lost Farm

Notes re: Air Travel to Barnbougle / Tasmania

Commercial flights from around Australia fly in to Launceston, which is a one-hour drive from Barnbougle. Car hire is available at the airport and there is a bus that regularly transfers golfers from Launceston airport to Barnbougle Dunes. There are Travel Directions and Airport Transfers pages with info on the Barnbougle website.

When booking commercial flights:

  • Note that the drive from Launceston Airport to Barnbougle Dunes is a solid 90 minutes. Book your inbound flights accordingly (the night before is generally your best option).
  • We recommend booking your return flight (Sunday) for after 5pm, to allow for golf, presentations and transfer back to Launceston.

NOTE RE CHARTER FLIGHTS:

SGA can, upon request, help arrange private charter flights from Melbourne, via one of our Tour partners.  These flights take less than an hour's flight time, and land right next to the course. Note, however, that the planes require a minimum of 8 passengers, so in order for us to reserve a plane, we require 8 golfers to reserve/book. Please contact us if you would like more information regarding this option.

NOTES RE CAR HIRE

If you are planning to hire a car in Launceston, we HIGHLY recommend you book it WELL IN ADVANCE, as there is a shortage of hire cars in the area. It is also much cheaper the earlier you book.

Event Format

The Tasman Classic features a Stableford format over the three rounds of the event with an Order of Merit points system, where, each day, player's scores are ranked from first to last. The points for the three rounds are totalled, and the player(s) with the greatest points are declared the winners.

Prizes are awarded to the A, B and C-Grade winners. (Depending on field size)

2024 SGA Tasman Classic Package

Friday golf at Bougle Run

Saturday golf at Barnbougle Dunes

Sunday golf at The Lost Farm

2 nights' accommodation at The Lost Farm Lodge

One Dozen Srixon Golf Balls

Event Prizes and Trophies

Live Scoring and Leaderboard via Golf Genius App

Personally-hosted and professionally-managed golf event

(Extra nights' accommodation and rounds of golf available for longer stays. Please contact us for more information)

Twin-share

$949 per person (*airfare not incl)

  • Includes all the golf and benefits listed above
  • Two nights twin-share accommodation at The Lost Farm Lodge
  • Extra nights twin-share $125 pp per night
  • *Airfare not included. See below

Single Room

$1,199 per person (*airfare not incl)

  • Includes all the golf and benefits listed above
  • Two nights' single room accommodation at The Lost Farm Lodge
  • Extra night single room $235 pp per night
  • *Airfare not included. See below

Book-in Today

Bookings close March 1, 2024.

There are a maximum of 48 places available for this amazing golf weekend. Book-in today before it books out.

Rock-star treatment - flying to Barnbougle with SGA and Vortex Air

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Tasman Classic Testimonials

“Once again a great weekend with new friendships and memories made.  Thanks for all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, everyone I spoke to love the weekend and the courses.  A massive well done.”

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Mark H
Victoria

“Just wanted to thank you again for a great weekend.  The event was really well organised and as a result was highly enjoyable for us all.”

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Evan C
Queensland

“Another incredibly run event at one of the greatest golfing destinations in the world.  I’m sure more goes into hosting an event of this size than we see as the customers, but you did an amazing job looking after us all so well for the whole 3 days”

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Ian S
Victoria

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Contact us about the 2024 Tasman Classic

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