Next month marks another major milestone in the history of Golf News – the South East of England’s leading free golfing publication.
Launched in 1994 by publisher Matt Nicholson, the December/January of Golf News will be the 250th edition the title, which is distributed to golf club, golf centres and driving ranges.
Now in its 21st year, Golf News primarily focuses on golf in the South East, reporting on players, clubs and events at all levels of the game, as well covering golf events from around the world, along with player interviews, equipment reviews, lifestyle and travel features that have proved so popular with club golfers over the last two decades.
Speaking about the landmark edition, Golf News’ editor Nick Bayly, who has been at the editorial helm for over 150 issues, said: “Two hundred and fifty feels like a pretty significant milestone for a magazine that perhaps not that many people thought would still be around in 2015, when it first launched over 20 years ago. Back then, free magazines were virtually unheard of, and it took time to convince the industry that it was a model that would work – but here we are 250 issues later, still going strong, with more readers than ever.”
He added: “Publishing, in all its forms, remains a challenging environment, and not just in the golfing sector, but we know from speaking to our readers and our advertisers that Golf News is a publication that people actively seek out and enjoy reading. While print will always be our main focus, more and more of our readers are engaging with our content through other platforms, be it through the digital edition, our website, or through our Twitter feed, @golfnewsmag, which currently has over 35,000 followers.”
He added: “Golf News’s USP has always been that it is available in the places where keen golfers congregate – golf clubs and driving ranges – and that continues to be our focus – but we’re also wise to the fact that some people are more digitally engaged, and that’s why we will continue to develop all areas of our digital platforms.”
The 250th issue will feature interviews with Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry, previews of equipment launches for 2016, as well as a round up of all the action from the Race to Dubai Final Series.
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