A GOOD YEAR FOR GOLF PARTICIPATION REPORTED
By the UK Golf Federation
The UK Golf Federation, who primarily represent proprietary golf courses and driving ranges, reported at their recent December board meeting that 2019 had been a good season for business - with many seeing growth in the numbers participating in various activity at their golf facilities.
Rounds played were overall said to be up and special events such as coaching programmes and junior golf were being well supported.
With many golf clubs appearing to have struggled over the last few years with dropping membership, the Federation say this was viewed as a very positive move in getting golf participation back on track for the future.
The membership of the UK Golf Federation grew substantially in 2019 and now has over 550 golf clubs and driving ranges as members. This represents a growth of over 300%.
Doug Poole CEO of the UK Golf Federation believes the key to this growth is down to the range of business benefits programmes available to members. Also, corporate partners such as Clubcar, John Deere, Toro and Textron Golf who are partners with the UK Golf Federation, bring extra support in helping members make key decisions on equipment, golf course management and maintenance.
The federation's early initiative for 2020 is the GolfBIC event which takes place on 16th March at the Forest of Arden Golf Resort.