REPORT: SGA GC named the Largest Golf Club in Australia

REPORT: SGA GC named the Largest Golf Club in Australia

Monumental growth continues for popular Australian golf community, which officially outnumbers all traditional/private courses and social clubs in the country.

 

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MELBOURNE, VICTORIA: A series of reports by Golf Australia’s state bodies has revealed that Social Golf Australia (SGA) is officially the Largest Golf Club in Australia by total membership, with more financial members than any other club (both online/social clubs and traditional/private clubs) in the country.

Golf Australia's 2022/2023 SA Annual Report, published this week, and audited by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, has listed The SGA GC as the state's largest golf club. (SGA is a national handicap business registered/affiliated in South Australia.) When compared to the 2021/2022/2023 annual reports by Golf Australia's other states and territories, SGA has been recognised as, officially, the Largest Golf Club in Australia.

Top Golf Clubs by Membership in Australia (2021-2023):

  1. Social Golf Australia/SGA GC (SA)
  2. FutureGolf (SA)
  3. Howlong Country Golf Club (NSW)
  4. The National Golf Club (VIC)
  5. The Royal Sydney Golf Club (NSW)
  6. The Royal Melbourne Golf Club (VIC)
  7. Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort (NSW)
  8. Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club (VIC)
  9. Barwon Heads Golf Club (VIC)
  10. Royal Queensland Golf Club (QLD)

“We’re thrilled to see that all of our hard work –especially over the last few years—has resulted in such solid growth in membership,” explains Matthew Pitt, Founder and Managing Director of Social Golf Australia. “When my wife, Sally, and I launched our first golf social club in 2004 (Bushranger Golf, the precursor to Social Golf Australia), we never really imagined that we would become the industry leader in golf memberships.”

For Pitt, however, the recent numbers are an added bonus to what he believes to be a much larger success: growth in the sport itself.

“While it’s certainly gratifying that our Australian-family-run social club sits atop so many amazing and historically-significant clubs, the more exciting aspect to us is that more people are simply playing the game of golf,” Pitt adds.  “The recent golf boom has seen massive benefits to the wider industry overall, as well as additional health benefits to the players themselves. That’s why we started SGA; we love our golf, and want to see the game grow long into the future.”

The findings follow Golf Australia’s 2021/22 Participation Report, released in May, which named Social Golf Australia as one of the key factors in the recent Australian Golf Boom. It also follows a report last week by The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) which revealed that golf provides $3.3 billion in total annual benefits to the Australian community, economy and environment.

 

ABOUT SOCIAL GOLF AUSTRALIA

Social Golf Australia is the largest golfing community in Australia and have a range of industry partners (Including Srixon & Cleveland Golf, Garmin, The Card Network, Drummond Golf and others) that support SGA offering great value golf services. They currently offer official golf handicaps (over 18,000 GolfLink Numbers issued since 2007), host over 120 events a year across the country, run a variety of annual major tournaments (from 3-7 days long), charity golf events, and other feature events and golf tours. The business focusses on fostering a friendly and welcoming golfing community based on the values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and trust.  Their approach is to offer golfers value, flexibility and choice in a user-pays model where they can select the services that suit them and pay only for what they need.

www.socialgolfaustralia.com.au

 

CONTACT

Richard Fellner
Media Manager, SGA
e: media@sgatour.com.au
m: 0407 000 440

Mick David
General Manager, SGA
e: mick@sgatour.com.au
m: 0402 488 253

Matthew Pitt
Founder, Managing Director, SGA
e: matt@sgatour.com.au
m: 0425 742 501

Golf Industry Veteran, Richard Fellner, joins SGA

Richard Fellner

Golf Industry Veteran, Richard Fellner, set to grow the game in new role

Richard Fellner

AUSTRALIA’S Largest Golf Club and Golf Network, Social Golf Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of highly-esteemed golf industry veteran, Richard Fellner, to the newly-created role of Media Manager.

Previously the Editor of Inside Golf Magazine—where he led the editorial and design team for over 12 years—Fellner is a multi-award-winning photojournalist, columnist and marketing/media professional. In addition, he is highly respected in the Australian Golf Industry, and brings decades of international golf and media experience to the role.

Fellner’s dedication to growing the game of golf at a grass-roots level has resulted in numerous awards from the Australian Golf Media Association, and has earned him high praise from the top levels of the wider golf industry.

A key focus for the new role is to help SGA boost awareness and community engagement with its expanding stable of industry-leading, game-growing products and services. These include SGA’s Official Australian Golf Handicaps, and their highly-popular Major Golf Events & Travel Getaways. Additionally, he will aim to boost traffic at SGA's fortnightly Golf Open Days at clubs and courses across Australia, and drive a variety of exciting online projects, promotions and Social Media campaigns to add value to both SGA customers and industry partners.

A HOMECOMING

The appointment represents a “homecoming” of sorts for Fellner, who has been a customer of (and occasional consultant to) the SGA Team since Matthew and Sally Pitt founded the business in 2004. Fellner was one of the business’ first Golf Handicap customers, and has played regularly in their various golf events over the last 17 years.

“I watched Matt and Sally grow the business from a tiny social golf club—run from their living room table—to what is now Australia’s largest golf club and handicap provider, with nearly 10,000 GolfLink numbers issued,” Fellner says. “Matt and Sally both worked extremely hard over the years—with plenty of ups and downs along the way. But their positive attitudes, dedication to their dreams and incredible work ethic eventually began to bear fruit. It’s been one of those true ‘Aussie Battler Success Stories’—one that has been a real joy to witness.

Matthew Pitt, founder of SGA, echoed Fellner’s remarks, noting that Fellner’s appointment has added importance.

“We are delighted to have Richard join the team,” says Pitt. “Richard and I have been golfing pals since before either of us were in the industry. It was our shared love of the game that brought us together as friends many years ago, and we have remained good pals throughout our parallel paths in the golf industry.

“As a family business, we place a very high value on loyalty, honesty, communication and relationships which makes Rich a perfect fit for SGA. Richard also knew my late wife, Sally, who founded SGA with me which makes him being part of our family business very meaningful to me.”

A Strategic Step

SGA General Manger, Mick David, regards Richard’s arrival as a key strategic step for SGA.

“SGA’s approach has always been to support and grow the game of golf. Our handicap model was established in 2006 in partnership with Golf Australia to create a pathway of access to golf club membership. We have succeeded in delivering 1000s of new members to clubs around Australia and have seen the model we established replicated by other providers.

"We are proud of our position as an innovator in golf. And Richard joining our team is a huge boost to continuing our growth and success in growing the game. His deep knowledge of the game and its history, his core values that reflect golf’s commitment to integrity, his broad understanding of the industry and his skills and experience as a writer make him a perfect addition to our team and central to our future growth, success and continued innovation in golf.”

Additionally, the appointment represents an opportunity for Fellner to join a team that operates under an inspiring set of principles and values.

“One thing that has always impressed me about SGA is Matt’s (and the team’s) unwavering dedication to their core values,” Fellner says. “They operate the business using the same values upon which the game of golf itself was founded: honesty, integrity and respect. SGA foster an inclusive and welcoming community (both to the staff and customers), and have built a reputation in the industry for professionalism, credibility, loyalty and trust. Thus, I’m extremely proud and fortunate to now be a part of this business.”

ABOUT RICHARD FELLNER

Richard Fellner has previously held top-level media-related roles at Sensis, Realestate.com.au, Oracle Corporation, INVESTools and many other world-class organisations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Golf Club, and is a member of both the Australia Golf Media Association, and the Golf Society of Australia (which works in partnership with Golf Australia).

Fellner also has a long history in the game itself.  As a player since the age of 4 in the United States, Fellner competed at the junior, high school, state (Nevada) and university level (University of California, golf scholarship). He has played and reviewed courses all over the world, and has interviewed many of the great players of the game (including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Greg Norman). Additionally, Fellner has been a featured guest on many Australian "sports talk" radio shows and networks, including ABC Grandstand, SEN 1116, Melbourne Talk Radio 1377, 2GB and others.

ABOUT SOCIAL GOLF AUSTRALIA

Social Golf Australia is a golf service provider offering official golf handicaps and golf events. Their approach is to offer golfers value, flexibility and choice in a user-pays model where they can select the services that suit them and pay only for what they need.

SGA is the biggest golfing community in Australia and have a range of industry partners (Including Srixon & Cleveland Golf, Garmin, The Card Network, Mantra Hotels and others) that support SGA offering great value golf services. They currently offer official golf handicaps, host over 120 events a year in six states, six annual major tournaments (from 3-7 days long) and other feature events and golf tours. The business focusses on fostering a friendly and welcoming golfing community based on the values of honesty, integrity, loyalty and trust.

More information:

Richard Fellner
Media Manager
e: media@sgatour.com.au
m: 0407 000 440

Matthew Pitt
Founder, Managing Director
e: matt@sgatour.com.au

SGA launches Golf and Wine Tours

Golf and Wine Tours

SGA Launches Golf and Wine Tours

Golf and Wine Tours

Social Golf Australia are excited to launch a brand-new golf service: our fully-hosted Golf and Wine Tours! The new service gives our golfers access to fun, professional and high-quality Australian golf travel adventures. And, best of all, they are affordably priced.

Imagine playing some of Australia’s best golf courses, and sampling some of the world's best wines. Then, after golf, you explore quaint Aussie towns, and tour local attractions. At the end of the day, relax in high-quality accommodation, and enjoy world-class food!

It's a dream holiday for many.

Best of all, SGA will do all the work. We'll take care of the planning, scheduling, tee-times, transfers and arrangements. All you do need to is show up, play golf and, most importantly, have fun!

Each tour is fully hosted by a member of the highly-experienced SGA Travel staff. With decades of travel and touring experience under our belts, and a huge network of travel partners, SGA provides fun and memorable travel adventures!

Plus, the non-golfing partners will be taken care of, too. A range of activities are on offer for each tour. Whether it's shopping, or enjoying a spa treatment, or just exploring the local landmarks or attractions, there are plenty of adventures on the menu!

DESTINATIONS

Our first tour will be the 2021 Golf and Wine Tour of South Australia and The Barossa Valley, November 14-20! In the future, we'll add more packages and destinations. These will include Western Australia’s Margaret River, NSW’s The Hunter Valley, and many more. (so watch this space!)

For more on SGA Travel, including customised tours other locations across Australia and internationally, visit our SGA Hosted Trips and Travel Page.

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