SGA Championships

The SGA Championships

Tee it up on the Gold Coast's top courses and battle for over $30k in prizes

Tee it up on the country's top golf courses and battle for over $30,000 in prizes, in SGA's annual flagship event, the SGA Championships.

Regarded as a must-play event on most clubs' Social Golf calendars, the SGA Championships sees golfers and social clubs from across Australia converge upon the Gold Coast for a week of spectacular golf, energetic competition and, most importantly, a ton of fun.

Upcoming SGA Championships:

2024 SGA Championships – Gold Coast, Qld

Gold Coast. August 25-30, 2024.
Compete for over $30k in prizes as you tee it up at top courses while enjoying high-quality accommodation, food, and friendship!

Previous Event Results and Photos


The Stroke Kings capture 2023 SGA Championships

The Stroke Kings took top honours over a massive field at the 2023 SGA Championships on the Gold Coast. Results + Photos

Team Redbacks dominate at the 2022 SGA Championships

South Australia's "Redbacks" team overcame a huge field at the 2022 SGA Championships on the Gold Coast. Results + Photos

Happy Days prevails at the 2021 SGA Championships

The "Happy Days" team took top honours at a Covid-19-restricted, rain-shortened 2021 SGA Championships on the Gold Coast. Results + Photos

What past players have said:

It was a great experience, especially as a first-timer. Great people, very relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, and fantastic golf. Just what I hoped for.

David - 2022 Event

"I wanted to personally thank you all for a great week. As always, from a customers point of view, everything was fantastic and seamless - no doubt due to the efforts behind the scenes. I keep saying it, but this is a slick operation from a great group of folks. Looking forward to my next event with SGA."

Shannan - New South Wales

The work that goes in behind the scenes to make this event run so smoothly must be huge. But it is really appreciated. It’s great to just turn up and have everything organised for you. It’s a great well organised event playing nice courses with great people.

Nathan - 2022 Competitor

Good times even if your golf swing deserts you. Lots friendships made and lots of fun and laughter.

2022 Competitor

"An absolute credit to Matt, Sally and the crew. We had a ball again and we can't wait till next year's event. Hopefully we will be bringing more people from our club, to make up a few more teams. Everyone we speak to loves hearing about what a great, well run event The SGA Championships are."

Debbie - Victoria

"A great event, very well organised. Great social atmosphere, and loved meeting new people. Loved the format with a focus on the individual grades, but having the team aspect as well is important. Looking forward to next year!! Great job to all involved."

Bill - New South Wales

"Very well run by a lovely team of professionals."

Jenny - Queensland

"Well done to all involved, great to catch up with old friends and making some new ones. I always enjoy the event - for 11 years and counting. Keep up the good work and see you all next year."

Brad - Victoria

"I can't believe how good the event is for the price. We got great service from all the staff and always with a smile. My clubs are always waiting for me at each course and I get to play with someone different each round."

Steve - South Australia

The SGA Championships on the Gold Coast is the most well-organised golf trip we have been on. The SGA staff are all excellent communicators, loads of fun and they are with you all the way through. The bus transfers are well worth the extra money and not having to worry about our golf clubs for the whole week was a blessing. The Courses were challenging but beautifully maintained and provided some spectacular scenery. It was a pleasure to meet so many terrific people from all over Australia and NZ.

Sue - NZ

Great event with brilliant SGA golfers to share experience with. Brilliantly organised with relaxed and enjoyable week . All you need to do is play golf as everything was taken care of.

2022 Competitor

This was my first time and was extremely impressed with the organisation and overall management. Was also great value for money.

Paul - 2022 Competitor

Fantastic event, very welcoming to overseas playes. Very well organized with lovely challenging courses to play.

Karen - 2022 Entrant

About The SGA Championships

Here's everything you need to know about this must-play, week-long golfing extravaganza:

The SGA Championships Week!

The SGA Championships is a four-round, 72-hole tournament playing single stableford with A, B, C & Ladies Grade with over $30K of prizes. There is also a side competition for extra trophies and prizes for a four-player team event playing stableford aggregate. The event is played over six days (starting with a pre-event optional warm-up round, and a mid-event rest day, also with an optional round of golf).

Day 1

Optional 4-Ball Ambrose

Get your week started early with an optional warm-up round. The 4-Ball Ambrose competition is a hit with players, and features a separate prize pool and awards presentation

Day 2

Round 1 -Single and Teams Stableford

Round 1 of the 72-Hole event sees our competitors battle it out for early glory. The day's play is followed by a prize presentation and plenty of post-round frivolity!

Day 3

Round 2 - Single and Teams Stableford

Round 2 is where the competitors start jockeying for position in the overall event. The day's play is followed by a prize presentation and after-golf activities.

Day 4

Rest Day - Optional Golf

Take a break and enjoy all that the Gold Coast has to offer. OR, make the most of your trip and tee it up in a bonus round of golf that we arrange at a premium Gold Coast course. It's up to you!

Day 5

Round 3 -Single and Teams Stableford

Round 3 is Moving Day, and (if you're still able to move after the first three days of fun and frivolity!) it's your chance to shoot up the leaderboard! As usual, post-round activities are plentiful.

Day 6

Round 4 - Single and Teams Stableford

Round 4 is where the rubber meets the road, and our golfers put on their Game Faces. Aim for glory and don't look back! The day's play is followed by the final Awards Ceremony and Closing Dinner. 

Host courses throughout the years

Sanctuary Cove Palms

Sanctuary Cove (Palms Course)

The Palms Golf Course is considered a championship course rivalling some of the best golf courses in Australia, now ranked in Australian Golf Digest's Top 50 golf courses. It is a return to the traditions of the game, with distinctive holes, deep greenside bunkers and boldly contoured greens requiring creative shot making. The Palms is designed to challenge players of all abilities. In the Australian Golf Digest's Top 100 Australian Golf Course rankings. 


Sanctuary Cove (Pines Course)

As Australia's only Arnold Palmer signature course, The Pines golf course is recognised as one of Australia's best and most challenging courses. Ranked as one of Australian Golf Digest's Top golf courses, The Pines is carved through 101 hectares of established pine forest, the course features corridor approaches to several holes, with lakes guarding others. Fourteen of the holes are contoured around six man-made lakes. An abundance of wildlife features on The Pines including rare bird life and scores of native Australian kangaroos.


Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Designed by Greg Norman, Brookwater Golf and Country Club has been voted as Queensland's number one golf course. The course features undulating greens, natural water features, and long, narrow fairways. The strategic design makes it the perfect environment for golfers of any skill to enjoy a day of premium golf. Brookwater Golf & Country Club is undeniably the most spectacular golf facility in Queensland set to challenge and delight golf enthusiasts of all levels. 


Lakelands Golf Club

Since opening in February 1997, the wonderful Lakelands golf course has forged a deserved reputation as one of Australia's very best golf courses. Situated in the heart of the Gold Coast adjacent to the luxurious Radisson Resort and next door to Palm Meadows, Lakelands was the first signature designed course in Australia by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Lakelands is often described as a thinking player's course with a unique Nicklaus flavour to the design.

RACV Royal Pines Resort

RACV Royal Pines Resort

RACV Royal Pines Resort has been recognised as a premier golf destination for over a decade. With undulating terrain, magnificent greens and tight fairways that demand respect, RACV Royal Pines is a great golf experience for players of all standards. With 27 Championship holes of golf, the facility features three distinct course combinations and three unique golfing experiences. 

Palm Meadows

Palm Meadows Golf Course

Palm Meadows was the first golf resort course on the Gold Coast, and pioneered the Australian resort golfing boom. The challenging 350-hectare par 72 course was designed by renowned course-designer Graham Marsh. It measures 6319 metres off the championship tees and the opening and closing holes are rated among the greatest in Australian golf. Water comes into play on 14 holes and there are 82 sand bunkers around the course. 

Links Hope Island

Links Hope Island

Designed by five-times British Open Champion, Peter Thomson and home to Australian golfing royalty, Peter Senior, Links Hope Island is a must-play on any visit to the region. The course regularly rates among the finest resort courses in the country. When you play at Links, you'll be met with a real sense of welcome and warmth from the time you arrive. 

Palmer Gold Coast

Palmer Gold Coast (Robina Woods)

Carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, with fairways lined by towering gum trees, Palmer Gold Coast has rapidly developed a reputation as one of Queensland’s best-loved resort courses. Consistently ranked in the top 30 resort courses in the country, Palmer Gold Coast is a 6078 meter, 18-hole, Par 71 championship golf course designed by the Marsh / Watson team. The rolling fairways, manicured greens, and towering eucalyptus are strikingly beautiful and blend harmoniously with the surrounding residential development. A natural water-course featuring lakes, ponds, creeks and native wildlife completes a rare golf course environment.



The Glades is regarded by many as the finest golf course on the Gold Coast. Designed by Greg Norman, the 6420m Championship layout opened in 1999 and rapidly developed a reputation as the best golf course on the Gold Coast. The facility features superb playing surfaces with unique "Creeping bent grass” greens that ensure a superior putting surface all year round. The Glades is on 65 hectares of land with a total of 98 bunkers. Norman not only had a vision to create a challenging golf course on the Gold Coast, but he also retained 9 hectares of wetland area to create a natural wildlife sanctuary within the course.

Transport partner

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Gold Coast Direct Charters

Gold Coast Direct Charters  are SGA's preferred Gold Coast on-ground logistics partner for our annual SGA Championships. GCDC Owner Julie Ridler has always provided ultra-reliable, friendly, affordable and efficent service for the thousands of SGA competitors over the years. SGA highly recommends Julie and her team for any group transfer needs.


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History of the SGA Championships


Founded in 2005 as The Australian Social Golf Club Championships (ASGCC) at Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast, the SGA Championships has attracted social golfers from around Australia every August to compete for the national title.

The event was originally a five-day (practice round & 72-holes) stand-alone event for players representing their social golf clubs. In 2006, the event became a 54-hole tournament and in 2008 the event expanded to be played over three courses for the first time, with Sanctuary Cove and Royal Pines added to the roster. As the foundation course, Palm Meadows remained as the host for the final round of the Championships. In 2009, two new courses were added to the roster: the highly-rated Lakelands and Robina Woods.


In 2009, Social Golf Australia assumed management of the event in partnership with Event HQ and Palm Meadows. In 2013, The Glades was included and the event returned to a 72-hole tournament with a rest day introduced between the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

2016 saw SGA re-brand the event as The SGA Championships. The same year we were pleased to welcome Srixon and Cleveland Golf as our equipment partners and in 2017 we commenced with Garmin as our technology partner and one of the major sponsors of the tournament.

Each year has seen significant growth for the event and, with the exception of a Covid-19-reduced field, it has seen full fields and hundreds of happy golfers every year!

Honourboard: Past Champions

2023 The Stroke Kings Qld Justin Gao Ronald Naidu Arvin Kumar Thiruchenthuran Thiruloganathan
2022 Redbacks SA SA Lindsay Scott Lincoln Tucker Bruce Russell Andrew McPherson
2021 Happy Days Qld Glenn Burgess Russell Mathews Maureen Mathews Jan Booth
2020 Townsville Threeputts Qld Trevor Slogrove Steve Francis David Douglas Johnny Gazzera
2019 SA All Stars SA Ron Burrows Ben Burrows Russ Rawlings Matt Sutton
2018 NSW SGA Tour B NSW Ben Jones Dan Cronin Aaron Cook Peter Dennis
2017 Tour Fore Golfers B QLD Neill Smith Kevin Biddle Jason Beeston Chris Ross
2016 NSW SGA Tour B NSW Taga Papua Jade Lowe Steve Vuletic n/a
2015 Tour Fore Golfers 2 QLD Dan Goatham Monty Baker Malcolm Jones n/a
2014 NSW SGA Tour 2 NSW Craig O'Donnell Nathan Smith Neil Carpenter Glen McGowan
2013 Baysiders NSW Bruce Cox Rod Donnelly Vic Manitta Laurence Wilson
2012 Baysiders NSW Bruce Crebert David Colley John Moseley Tony Maher
2011 Nunawading VIC Greig Slight Noel Tuck Rob McLauchlan Dave Duncan
2010 Emu Plains NSW Paul Hangan Larry Stephens Jarrod Hillier Ian Gribble
2009 SP SGC VIC Steve Plunkett Mark Mahaffy Stive Cattapan Phillip Cave
2008 SP SGC VIC Steve Plunkett Mark Mahaffy Stive Cattapan Phillip Cave
2007 QLD Buffalos QLD David Twaddell Jack Zydbel Ladislao Rodrigo Simon Condor
2006 QLD Buffalos QLD David Twaddell Jack Zydbel Ladislao Rodrigo Simon Condor
2005 Robina Tavern QLD Brett Robinson Jon Palk Tony Ferguson Lyle Rixon

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