NSW SGA Tour FAQs

NSW SGA Tour FAQs

Do I need to be a member to play?
No. Anyone can play - you just pay your event entry fees as you play. Tour Memberships are available for those who want to compete for the Order of Merit. Tour Memberships represent wonderful value but are not compulsory.

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 event entry fees will range from $35 to $95. The 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 event to have the score entered on GOLF Link and to play for the great quality prizes. Most of our members enjoy a couple of drinks together after their round.

How often can I play?
You can play as many, or as few events as you like. Some of our members play only the less expensive courses, some prefer the more glamorous venues and some like 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 members to get one (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. Our golfers enjoy their golf, the friendly competition and the social interaction after their round.

Does the Tour exclude anyone from participating?
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.

How can I get more information about the SGA Tour?
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.