SGA Tour FAQs

SGA Tour FAQs

Do I need to be an SGA Tour member to enter an event?
No. Anyone can play in any event. Each SGA Tour event is a stand-alone event and you can enter each one separately and pay as you play. Optional SGA Tour Memberships are available for those who want to compete for the premier Tour trophy events, but you do not need to be a Tour Members to play in an event. Tour Memberships represent wonderful value but are not compulsory. The SGA Tour events are open and inclusive - all golfers are welcome to enter any of our events.

Is it expensive to play and what do I get for my fees?
The costs to play depend on the venue for the competition. Each Tour season, the regular Event Entry Fees will range from $35 to $95 - note that the Tour Championship is played at a premium course with higher fees. The Event Entry Fee includes your round of golf and the prizes for the Novelty Events (NTPs, Long Drive, etc) and, in some cases, a motorised cart. Players with official handicaps may elect to pay the $10 Competition Fee and enter the official competition to have the score entered on GOLF Link and to play for the great prizes we offer.

How often can I play?
You can play as many, or as few events as you like. Some of our golfers play a few events a year, some only play the less expensive courses, some prefer the more glamorous venues and a few golf tragics try to play in every event.

Is the SGA Tour suitable for both men and women?
Most certainly. Men, women, couples, singles and juniors are all welcome.

Do I need to be a good golfer?
Our players are golfers of all abilities from 'A' graders to beginners, but you need to be aware of basic rules and golf etiquette and be able to play at the same pace as the group ahead of you.

Do I need an official golf handicap?
No, you do not need an official handicaps to play in the events. We welcome social players and they only have to pay the Event Entry Fee. Many members of the SGA Tour do have an official handicap or are in the process of getting one. We encourage our golfers to activate a handicap (which we can arrange, manage and maintain) but it is not compulsory. If you don't have a handicap, we can help. Social Golf Australia owns and operates Australia's largest online social golf club: Bushranger Golf (BRG) which is a Golf Access Australia (GAA) handicap provider in partnership with Golf Australia. To find out how easily you ca access an official golf handicap, go to our Golf Handicaps page.

What sort of people play golf with the SGA Tour?
Participation in the events on the SGA Tour is open to all age groups, abilities and walks of life. We have club members, players with GAA handicaps and social players. Our golfers enjoy their golf, the friendly competition and the social interaction - it is a chance to catch up with friends and to make new acquaintances among like-minded golfers. Most of our members enjoy a couple of drinks together after their round.

Does the Tour exclude anyone from participating?
No, but we expect all our golfers to maintain high standards of dress and behaviour and comply with the standards set by the golf clubs and the courses we visit. Entry in the events is subject to accepting the SGA Tour Terms & Conditions of entry.

What is the SGA Tour Membership all about?
We offer optional SGA Tour Memberships for players who wish to support The Tour and compete for the our annual Trophy Events (Order of Merit, 4BBB Championship, Golfer of the Year & Tour Championship). You don't need to be a Tour member to play in the events, it is simply an opportunity for regular players to be more involved in the Tour community and enjoy competing for our annual trophies. There is more info on the benefits of Tour Membership on the About the Tour page.

Why is the Order of Merit structured with only the top seven events counting?
Not everyone can make it to every event. By limiting the OOM to the top seven scores, it introduces a limit to slow down the players who play many of the events. Once a player has seven scores in their history, they need to better their seventh score to add to their event points total. It is intended to allow a Tour Members to only play 8 or 10 events and still score a competitive total in the OOM race.

I can't play enough events to compete for the OOM, so why would I bother?
The reality is that only players who enter most events will be at the top of the OOM at the end of the year. For this reason we have structured the Tour Championship as our premier annual trophy - it is the biggest trophy and biggest prize (a new set of irons from Wilson Staff). Whereas the OOM is a season-long competition, the TC is a Grand Final played at the last event of the year. The top 25 (plus ties) in the OOM qualify to contest the TC. Note that not all of the top 25 play in the TC - when this happens, the next highest player qualifies to play. In 2010, when the Top 20 qualified, the 26th ranked player qualified for the TC. This means a Tour Member can play 8 or 10 events and, if they have seven good finishes, they can qualify for the TC. The format has been deliberately structured to make the TC the premier event of the year and to make the focus of the OOM race the top 25 spots and to keep the competition as close as possible for as long as possible.

How can I get more information about the SGA Tour?
Check out the About the Tour page and have a look around this website to learn more or you can email, phone or SMS our SGA Tour Manager in your State. Contact details are provided at the bottom of the About the Tour page.

What Competition Formats are played at SGA Tour events? 

Stroke - The stroke score of each hole is entered on the score card. The gross score is totalled and the player's handicap is deducted to calculate the nett score. The player who completes the round with the least nett strokes is the winner.

Stableford - The stroke index on the scorecard determines the calculated par on the hole and how many shots a player receives on the hole depending on their handicap.

  • Players who exceed their calculated par by two strokes receive no points and wipe the hole.
  • One stroke over the calculated par receives one point.
  • If you make a calculated par, you score two points.
  • A score of one stroke better than your calculated par is three points.
  • A score two strokes better than your calculated par is four points (and so on).
  • Scores are totalled and the player with the best (highest) stableford score is the winner.

Par - The stroke index on the scorecard determines the calculated par on the hole and how many shots a player receives on the hole depending on their handicap. A hole is either won, lost or halved depending on your your stroke score against the calculated par. Scoring a calculated par means you halve the hole and a zero or a small square is recorded on the card. If you score better than your calculated par, you win the hole and a plus (+) is recorded as the result. If you score worse than your calculated par, you lose the hole and a minus (-) is recorded as the result. The scores are totalled and the player with the highest plus (+) score is the winner.

Four Ball Best Ball Stableford (4BBB) - The SGA Tour Mini-Majors - 4BBB Stableford is played by two players competing as partners. Each golfer plays his own ball and plays a stableford round. On each hole, the better stableford score of the pair is recorded on the card as the team score (with the player's initials). When scores are equal, the ball holed first is recorded. On the SGA Tour, each team will keep three cards - the two individual rounds which will be entered on GOLF Link and the 4BBB round which will be used for the competition on the day to allocate prizes and Order of Merit points.

We play four events per year that are 4BBB rounds. These rounds are our four Mini-Majors as there is a Trophy event for the 4BBB Championship and the 4BBB events effectively carry double points in the Order of Merit. As points will be awarded to both players in the team for the placing their team achieves, there will be twice as many Order of Merit points available than at a normal Tour event.

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