Nearly 400 golf clubs now offer GolfSixes

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 22, 2022 12:12

The R&A has revealed that 386 golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland now offer GolfSixes Leagues, and they’ve been so successful in boosting junior memberships that these will be rolled out to six new countries.

The format of fast, team golf, which enables young people to move from beginners on driving ranges or practice facilities to playing golf in teams of six, playing over six holes, using the two-person scramble format on courses adapted to their skill levels, was introduced into the UK in 2018.

Within just three years 386 venues were offering 74 GolfSixes Leagues in which 5,252 players participated with 30 percent of those being girls (in 2021). Following on from the GolfSixes League there was a 35 percent increase in junior membership at participating clubs.

GolfSixes League, and its off-course version GolfSixes Mini League, will now expand in 2022 to also run in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

This means that an estimated 8,000 young people will experience the sport this year thanks to GolfSixes League, which will be played across the ten countries with around 750 golf clubs participating in events this summer.

The expansion is a collaboration between The R&A, the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG), the Ryder Cup European Development Trust (RCEDT), DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) – the leading bodies aligning in support of a development initiative for the first time.

Phil Anderton, chief development officer at The R&A, said, “We are very supportive of initiatives that encourage young people into golf and be retained within the sport and GolfSixes League has already shown itself to be a popular and enjoyable short-form activity with both young people and their parents.

“It is important to build on the early momentum gained in Great Britain and Ireland and introduce the initiative to more countries throughout Europe so that more opportunities to enjoy playing golf in this format are offered to young people and they can experience the health and social benefits that we know it can provide to them.”

Ian Randell, chief executive of the CPG, said, “This project between international organisations with local delivery via PGAs and national federations is a great example of the collaboration that is possible within our sport.

“We have long been advocates of short-form team golf, in both an on-and off-course environment, as a fantastic vehicle to promote both the values and enjoyment of the sport and encourage participation in a quick, fun format, particularly amongst juniors and beginners. We are excited to be able to drive this project forward internationally and demonstrate the success that can be achieved when national and international organisations work together.”

Ben Cowen, DP World Tour chief tournament business officer, said, “One of the main aims of the GolfSixes League is to bring golf to new and younger audiences, and what better way to engage young people than to get them involved in playing this exciting new short format.

“Using the platform of the DP World Tour with the innovation, inclusivity, and global reach it already has within the game, the expansion of the GolfSixes League to more European countries further highlights the success of the concept and we hope to continue building on this momentum to encourage more junior golfers to enjoy our game.”

Mike Round, director of administration at the Ladies European Tour, added, “The development of the GolfSixes Leagues demonstrates how golf is introducing innovative and engaging formats that are reaching new audiences and attracting new participants. The positive impact of GolfSixes Leagues has already been proven and it is particularly encouraging to see how the initiative is being used to bring more girls and young women into the sport.

“As part of our commitment to the growth of GolfSixes Leagues across Europe, we’ll be encouraging our players to promote and support the initiative in their home countries.”

For more information on GolfSixes League please visit cp.golf/golfsixesleague.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir July 22, 2022 12:12
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3 Comments

  1. Bell July 22, 10:57

    Congratulations R&A while LIV golfers are taking the money out of the game for their own deep pockets

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  2. St Enodoc July 21, 17:35

    Well received by the Clubs in Cornwall

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  3. CEO July 21, 14:19

    Brilliant initiative, I really believe this is the way forward for junior golf and also a place for these sorts of formats in the adult game

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