11th ASGCC adds a Royal Touch
THE Australian Social Golf Club Championships (ASGCC) is staged every August on some of the Gold Coast’s best golf courses and this year the event will include the superb Royal Pines Golf Course. The 27-hole composite layout is well known for having hosted the Australian Ladies Masters and Australian PGA Championships in recent years, making it a highly anticipated addition to the ASGCC.
After the success in 2014 of moving to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, the ASGCC is expecting another bumper field in the tournament’s 11th year. Founded at Palm Meadows, in 2015 the ASGCC will also include rounds at The Glades and Lakelands Golf Clubs and host golfers at the luxurious and iconic ARIA Apartments in Broadbeach.
The event is an official national championship for amateurs representing their social clubs and golf clubs that places great emphasis on enjoying playing tournament golf in the right spirit with great respect for the rules and etiquette of the game.
According to Social Golf Australia (SGA) founder Matthew Pitt, the goal is to deliver the best possible value and experience for those playing in the tournament and the addition of Royal Pines has significantly increased interest in the event.
“We are delighted with the response to the 2015 event and our pre-bookings suggest that the event will book out. Our golfers like to combine a fun holiday on the Gold Coast with playing in a tournament on quality golf courses. They enjoy meeting new people from golf clubs around Australia and competing with mates to win an Australian title in a format that gives everybody a chance. Our job is to supply our golfers with a fun event that also has credibility of an official national championship.”
“The golfers at our event are generally people who appreciate the challenge and tests of skill and character that golf provides as well as having a laugh and enjoying the company of friends and fellow competitors. Our event management philosophy is really as simple as that: great golf and great fun. To us, the word “social” means enjoying the company of your fellow players and the experience of playing in a tournament.” said Pitt.
“We recognise that the quality of the people who play are the key to the success of the event as a memorable golfing adventure. Each year we look for ways we can improve the championships to add value and interest for our golfers. The ASGCC is getting bigger and better every year and the addition of Royal Pines this year will certainly add to the event experience for our golfers.”
The ARIA Apartments is in the heart of Broadbeach and offer the convenience of close proximity to restaurants, bars, clubs, the beach, Jupiters Casino (where the ASGCC Presentation Dinner is held) and many other attractions Broadbeach has to offer. The ARIA features 4.5 star 2 & 3 bedroom apartments (as well as Penthouses and Sky-Houses) and is considered to be among the premium accommodation options on the Gold Coast. In 2015, the ASGCC will be staged from
August 16-21 over four stableford rounds with a rest day after the first two rounds to make it easier for amateur golfers to manage the rigours of a 72-hole tournament. In addition, there is an optional, fun ambrose round on the day before the event, to be held at Palm Meadows. The event then kicks off with
rounds at Lakelands Golf Club and Royal Pines Resort before the rest day, and then
continues at The Glades Golf Course and Palm Meadows for the 3rd and 4th rounds.
The ASGCC offers amateur golfers the opportunity to experience the challenge of playing in a professional tournament atmosphere. All golfers are welcome to play in the event, however only players with current, official golf handicaps can compete for the great prizes and titles on offer. All four tournament rounds are single stableford and results are entered on GOLF Link after each round.
Event sponsors and partners Heathcote Winery, the Golf Clearance Outlet, Edge
Loyalty, Good Food Gift Cards, Srixon and Garmin will all contribute to the prize pool of over $15,000. The highlight of the great prizes on offer is that one lucky golfer will again be drawn to win a free golf trip to
Thailand (including airfares) to compete in the 2016 SGA International in Pattaya, Thailand.
The event is also linked with The SGA Tour event series (sgatour.com.au) hosted in each mainland capital by Social Golf Australia. The top three place getters in the Order of Merit in each state win discount ASGCC entry the following year. For golfers who need a handicap, The SGA Golf Club is a national handicap provider offering an official handicap and a GOLF Link number for $95.
ASGCC entry forms are available at SGA Tour events, in Golf Clearance Outlet stores and online at the ASGCC website at
www.socialgolfaustralia.com.au. There is event information on the ASGCC website and golfers can also contact SGA directly on (03) 5433 3213. Inside Golf is proud to continue our support the ASGCC and we will provide
event coverage and results in 2015. •
Australian Social Golf Club Championships golfers celebrate at the 2014 event.