Here’s the top three things I learnt about the industry while editing Golf Club Management in the last month

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 3, 2016 13:23

Europe is about to see the changing of the golfing guards

In terms of golf club membership England has been Europe’s dominant golfing country since the game was invented but Germany is, with only about a third of the number of its golf courses, set to overtake it in the next couple of years.

Because most German golfers are members of clubs and most English ones are now ‘nomads’ / green fee payers, there are still more golfers in England, but the change is extraordinary and something no one could have predicted just 15 years ago.

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The reason why the transformation is about to take place is clear: Germany has 222,242 adult females as golf club members. England has 94,554.

There’s a new reason to save municipal golf courses

Councils have been keen to get rid of them for years because many have cost them money at a time when they have to make cutbacks.

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It’s also been thought that municipal golf courses no longer help younger golfers become top professionals in the way they once did, but that theory has been blown out of the water as Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, learnt his game on two municipal courses in the UK.

Some golf clubs are doing extraordinary work to improve people’s lives

There are several to pick from but two that stood out are Stock Brook Country Club in Essex and Lincoln Golf Centre. The former responded to the death of a local boy from leukaemia by raising nearly half the money necessary for the charity that was set up in his name to buy a local holiday home that will be used to care for children with cancer and provide support for their families. The latter has been praised in the House of Commons for becoming the UK’s first ‘dementia friendly golf club’ in which it has been using golf to tailor a physical, mental and social stimulation service to clients.

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Don’t forget also that Shropshire Golf Centre delivered more than £500,000 of benefits for children in a deprived area and massively reduced truancy thanks to it setting up a ‘satellite club’ at a local school and Brandon Wood Golf Course and Club in Coventry was heralded as a key learning destination for giving local children increased access to golfing activities by an international charity. And these are just four individual stories we’ve covered in the last three weeks – there are almost certainly many more at several other golf clubs happening all the time.

Golf has a negative stigma attached to it but the truth is actually very different.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir May 3, 2016 13:23
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