Off-course golf attracts almost as many women as men

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 25, 2023 11:24

A new study has found that the sex split between people who play golf – but not on a golf course – is almost 50/50.

The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) project, ‘Golf for All’, finds that 47 percent of ‘golfers’ are female if data only analyses off-course golfing activities such as driving ranges, pitch & putt facilities, adventure golf courses and simulator setups.

A study of golfing trends in the USA earlier this year found more people now play golf off-course than on it.

The PGA says this is a huge opportunity to grow the women’s game in the UK and Ireland.

PGA chief executive Robert Maxfield, said: “It’s truly fascinating to see the difference in the gender split between on-course and off-course golfers, and it shows that there is a massive opportunity for the golf industry to embrace different forms of the game and the vast number of people who enjoy taking part in them.

“In particular, we can see that there is huge scope for the game to welcome the huge population of females who are already engaged in golf but don’t perhaps already consider themselves as ‘golfers’. In turn, the industry will be able to modernise its perception and diversify its user base, providing an opportunity which is truly exciting and should be embraced.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir September 25, 2023 11:24
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  1. Kiran October 9, 10:37

    Great that this analysis was conducted. Questions remain. Why are there so many more women playing off-course? What is the demographic graphic of these women? How often do they return, if ever? What prevents them from going on-course? A PhD with a string background in statistical analysis can help to formulate a scientific questionnaire and then analyze it. In studies where many questions are not asked, only partial k owl edge is obtained.

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  2. Concept Golf October 9, 01:00

    I can do nothing but agree with the findings. We have an increased number of ladies in the club in general, using the par 3 course and driving range more than the main course but definitely trending in the right direction.

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  3. Kari October 8, 19:10

    We get revealing insights when good researchers ask the right questions! Good work!

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  4. NEXTLINKS September 26, 12:34

    Robert Maxfield I remember our face to face meeting way back in 2016 at your place, like it was yesterday.

    You were refreshingly open-minded!

    Look at you now! Congratulations on progress and leadership!! ❤️


    With gratitude always

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