The Australian Golf Industry Council has released its latest National Competition Rounds Report, which shows participation growth continues to remain steady.
Chairman of the AGIC, Brian Thorburn, was pleased with the latest figures, particularly given the winter period was looming.
“It’s fantastic to see steady growth continuing into the cooler months; it’s very encouraging for the Australian golf industry.”
New South Wales was the standout state recording an increase of close to nine per cent during the three-month period; followed by Queensland who recorded a five per cent increase.
Weather patterns did impact outcomes in June, particularly in Tasmania, who recorded an 11 per cent decline after experiencing their wettest month since 2004.
Queensland experienced the largest increase in rounds played for the financial year; recording 16 per cent growth over 2014/2015 and consistent growth of five per cent in each quarter.
Demographically, male golfers accounted for 82 per cent of players. Female participation saw a minimal increase of just over one per cent to hold 18 per cent of the market.
“Over the past three-month period we’ve seen Jason Day win THE PLAYERS Championship and Minjee Lee the LOTTE Championship. These moments inspire golfers at all levels and drives interest in our sport, which assists in converting the casual golfer to a regular one,” Thorburn said.
“With golf’s return to the Olympics taking place next month in Rio de Janeiro and Australia’s summer of golf just around the corner, you would expect to see these positive growth trends continue.”
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