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SMS reports huge increase in ’rounds played’ for May

6.17pm 8th June 2020 - Coronavirus News - This story was updated on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Sports Marketing Surveys has reported that the number of rounds of golf played in the UK since golf came out of the Covid-19 lockdown has increased dramatically when compared to figures for the same period in 2018 and 2019.

With courses in England reopening to two-ball play from May 13 and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland following suit over the subsequent weeks, the competition for elusive tee times has been fierce for members and visitors alike, with many courses reporting record levels of demand.

Sports Marketing Surveys’ ’rounds played’ monitor tracks the volume of rounds being played at a consistent panel of over 250 courses throughout the UK on a quarterly basis. Amid the disruption of Covid-19, SMS has collected figures from over 100 courses for May 2020 to provide some early insights into how the sport is bouncing back in the first month of opening. 

For a fair comparison, SMS has only monitored data with clubs that have submitted figures in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and has adjusted figures to reflect the number of days that the course has been open in May.

The results show that rounds played across GB have seen an average uplift of circa 40% compared to a similar amount of days in 2019 and over 30% compared to 2018. The South region has seen the greatest increase, with high demand in the second half of May fuelling 2020 figures that are 51% higher than the equivalent period in 2019.

With four-ball golf now back on the agenda, working from home the new normal, and social distancing being easily achieved over the expanse of a golf course, SMS will be monitoring whether golf can sustain this increase in June and through the rest of the summer.

Richard Payne

SMS looks forward to supporting its clients across the industry yo ensure that golf can capitalise on the reignited interest in the sport and secure the long-term future of the game.

To understand how SMS can help your business navigate the new golfing landscape contact Richard.payne@sportsmarketingsurveys.com

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