The UK Golf Federation, which represents over 350 proprietary golf courses and driving ranges in the UK, has reported major growth in both rounds of golf played and new members joining their facilities.
Some member clubs reported green fees growth year-on-year of over 14%, whole some have experienced a 25% increase in membership over the last five years.
Richard Haygarth, chairman of the UK Golf Federation, said: “With many golf clubs struggling, and some notable closures over the last few years, the members of the UK Golf Federation have continued to invest and reinvest to enhanced facilities and improve customer experience with new family experiences from Adventure Golf, shorter game formats, and the latest driving range technology. This keeps families coming and enjoying a real fun-golf day out, whilst still catering for the regular keen golfer who wants the full 18-hole experience.
“New or independent golfers want a complete package for both the family and themselves – from driving range and golf course, through to catering, these must engage with all the family and are key in making customers happy to spend plenty of time enjoying their day out with us. Having over 350 golf facility members, the UK Golf Federation offers an easy and relaxed pathway to trying golf and growing golf participation though open access golf facilities.”