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England to question its golf clubs

9.00am 25th February 2002 - Management Topics

The English Golf Union and English Ladies’ Golf Association are to send a Golf Club Membership Questionnaire to all of their 1,891 affiliated golf clubs in order to monitor membership trends.

Following the Millennium Census in 2000 that focused on junior issues, this latest survey will question golf clubs on junior and adult topics, including memberships, fees, vacancies, and waiting lists. The junior questions will be more specific, searching subjects such as application requirements for golf club entry, coaching and entrance fees.

The aim of the governing bodies is to build up a picture every two years of membership statistics within golf clubs in England and over a period of time address and respond to any changes.

Paul Baxter, EGU chief executive comments, “It is crucial that we start to monitor golf club membership trends so that we are able to move with the changing golfing environment and invest resources to develop the game to meet the needs of clubs and the golfing community”.

The questionnaire will highlight the effect current grass roots initiatives have in attracting people into the game and on to golf club membership. By working alongside other golfing bodies within England, areas of focus for the future can then be identified.

A copy of the questionnaire is available on the EGU website by clicking on the relevant scrolling text at the top of the homepage. All results will be published later on in the year. A copy will be issued to every affiliated golf club and will also be available upon request.

The Golf Club Membership Questionnaire 2002 is one of many initiatives within the’Get into Golf’ grass roots structure developed by the EGU and ELGA.

For further information on all EGU grass roots initiatives please contact: Richard Flint, EGU Golf Development Secretary, Tel: 01526 354500 e-Mail: rflint@englishgolfunion.org

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