Golf membership grows in Lancashire for first time since 2004

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham November 2, 2016 15:33

In one of the clearest signs that the golf industry is experiencing recovery, The Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs has said its members have this year collectively seen a rise in their members for the first time in 12 years.

The union is the governing body for men’s amateur golf in the red rose county and represents the interests of over 140 golf clubs and more than 40,000 golfers. It is reporting a new total of 1,636 new members in its annual report.

The rise represents a more than four per cent increase in members and is attributed to flexible membership schemes among other initiatives.

County secretary, Phil Harvey (pictured), commented: “The sport has continued to be very popular as it’s a game which appeals to all ages, but our increasingly busy lives and financial constraints has meant that joining a golf club hasn’t been a priority for a lot of players.


“Over the past two years the clubs in the county have being doing tremendous work to provide innovative new flexible membership options and changing the image of the game, supported by ourselves and England Golf through our strategic plan.

“This hard work and smart thinking has resulted in a 4.2 per cent increase in the number of members across Lancashire this year which is by far the greatest increase in the country. We are launching our new development plan for the next two years, so we hope to continue building on this fantastic result.”


Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham November 2, 2016 15:33
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