National Golf Month: The current state of golf

Posted on May 13, 2016

This is the third year that NATIONAL GOLF MONTH has been running in the UK. It is a campaign that reaches out to 30 million people, and aims to engage 100,000 people to register and book a time to give golf a go, or get back into the sport. Now that this campaign is in full swing, we wanted to give an overview of the current state of golf in the UK through a few of our recent projects in golf.

Golf Activity

Golf Actives

This research, commissioned by the European Tour researched the total number of golf participants in the UK, with a wider definition of golf than has been used before. It includes all forms of golf, which amounts to a total of 9.3 million adults in the UK who have some form of involvement with golf. While the golf courses continue to be dominated by older males, the wider definition of golf uncovers a greater variety of golfer types:

–Women and younger people have a strong presence

–Faster forms of golf allow more involvement by people with work and family commitments


Golf: Gender Split

The gender split in the UK among golfers is quite one sided, with females representing only 15% of all participants, and 15% of members at UK golf clubs. This is worlds away from the current gender split in sports such as tennis, running and cycling. This is from our 2015 Golf Participation Report

Gender Split

This is how The UK compares to some other European Countries in terms of it’s female participation levels in golf.



Current Golf Participation

We have recently published our Rounds Played figures for the first three months of 2016. This quarterly report analyses the number of visitor rounds played across the UK. These figures indicate that this first quarter is down 7.5% on the same period of 2015. Despite it being down on 2015, Rounds Played figures are higher than in 2013 and 2014 for this quarter. Hopefully, the success of Danny Willett, an exciting summer of golf and some sunshine during NATIONAL GOLF MONTH will result in a strong year for golf participation.

Rounds Played Year to Date – 2015-2016

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