The number of golfers in Great Britain who play on a full length course remains around the 4 million mark – a level that has been consistent since 2000. The same is true of the number of regular golfers who play at least 12 times a year – at 1.65 million this is at almost exactly the same level as in 2000.
Among these regular golfers, 566,000 play once a week or more, a figure which has been gradually declining over the last few years. Driving range usage meanwhile has been steadily increasing since 2002, and there are now in excess of 3 million golfers who take to the range each year.
At 1.1 million, fewer than 28% of all golfers are members of a club, which is a decrease of 4% since 2006, but because they each play on average nearly 40 rounds of golf per year, golf club members account for 59% of all rounds played
Sports Marketing Surveys believes that there is still enormous potential for the game to keep growing, as 10% of the 16-44 age group play golf, while only 7% of those aged over 45 are playing, so the key challenge is to keep the younger generation in the game.
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