More golf, fewer members

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People play more golf, but there aren't that many club members in Australia.

The national golf club participation report released today revealed a continuation of the trend of players who do not formally join clubs to play their golf.

It also showed that only Western Australia (+ 1.7%) and South Australia (+ 0.1%) have stopped that trend with all Eastern states and the Northern Territory (-1%) lower than the previous membership numbers for an overall decrease of 1.6% in the past year.

"These figures reflect the broader challenges that traditional sports face with a range of societal and demographic pressures, especially in the available leisure time," said Golf Australia, director of golf development David Gallichio.

"Nevertheless, club golf remains vital for regional communities and it is still the most popular adult club sport in Australia."

Competition golf rounds, as recorded by GolfLINK, increased 1.5% to 10,321,659 in 2018, consistent with a five-year trend. The average competition rounds per member in 2014 were 25.6; that had risen to 26.9 in 2018.

The annual Ausplay survey estimated that 945,900 adults played golf in the past year, which corresponds to 4.9% of the population aged 15 and over.

The sixth of its kind, the report provides annual figures and trends on membership, competition rounds, general participation and specific program participation.

The highlights of the 2018 report from the 383,613 members at national level, 212,047 were from regional areas and 149,420 from metropolitan areas.

Click HERE to view the full report.

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