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Golf participation is down…is golf expensive, elitist or just behind the times?

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Golf Participation

Golf Participation is down, why?

Golf is a sport that has long remained the same…. however with a recent golf survey showing that golf participation is down, we ask the question, is golf expensive and an elitist sport?

We know golf is a game, that appears from the outside, to be very difficult to understand, yet, those who are in the seemingly so-called ‘elitist golfing circle’, simply can’t understand why this is the case.

Whilst it feels that other sports have progressed and moved with the times, golf has got somewhat stuck in its ways.

The bad news is whatever the case, numbers of golfers are declining. A study that was carried out in 2012 on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations showed that the growth had stagnated, with an equal number of people entering and leaving the game. Fast-forward to 2015 and that has continued….

They released a report last year (2014) that should the number of rounds played had gone from 28,700 in 2008, to 26,100 in 2013. This is a considerable decline, but determining why this is might be harder than it seems.

Why is golf participation down?

A lot of the problems that golf faces is that it is struggling to attract younger players. Where football and for example rugby, is offered in schools from an early age, and is much publicised on television; golf isn’t.

Not only this, but research carried out at the University of South Australia uncovered that children across the world are less aerobically fit than they were thirty years ago. This could be down to the fact that computer games have replaced outdoor games, which has also drastically affected this generation’s attention span.

Golf is a sport that requires a lot of work, and the above reports would suggest that the younger generation just does not have the patience for the game.

It doesn’t help that many of the world’s top players are out of reach to the average golfer, whereas it’s no problem visiting a football club to watch the Rooneys and Ronaldos of this world play.

It could be that golf participation is  down as golf fans are limited to possibly only one or two tournaments a year to watch their favourites play, therefore reducing those players exposure to the next generation.

Is golf too expensive?

Golf IS considered an expensive sport to play….

When you include the cost of a membership at a club plus all of the equipment,  it can be completely overwhelming for an amateur, and the cost of it all can be off-putting for someone who just wanted to make a hobby from the sport.

A survey carried out in 2009 by American Golfer suggested that the average golfer will spend around $2, 776 per year, which is just under two thousand pounds. An open forum suggested nearly double that amount.

That is a lot of money that many people will not be able to justify spending; however the majority of this is spent on equipment, which would suggest that this amount could decline annually.

Many online retailers have started offering great deals on golf equipment, and discounted items, to help those with a smaller budget. There are also public courses that anyone can play on that does not require the cost of a membership.

However, the fact that it costs a lot more than other sports to take up initially, essentially immediately cuts out a large chunk of the population, making it appear elitist.

Golf Participation

Encouraging the next generation…

Is golf behind the times?

It is perhaps unfair to suggest that golf is behind with the times and that we must just accept that the younger generation is essentially getting lazier and unfit, when, it might be more effective to encourage the younger generation to take up a sport, and put down their video game controllers.

Although golf may, from an outsider’s viewpoint appear to be elitist, and to a certain extent you could argue it is, it is argued that it’s merely traditional, and there are ways for everyone to enjoy the sport that do not mean having to spend a fortune.

All sports require a ‘set-up fee’ with regards to clothing and equipment, but to suggest that golf discriminates others because of this is unjust.These days it’s easy to enjoy the sport at the local range and plenty of clubs have opened their doors to ‘Pay and Play’ golfers.

However, reducing the decline in golf participation is ultimately is the job of the governing bodies and the clubs to break with the traditions and relax some of the outdated rules.

Once this is achieved, we believe golf will once again be a sport in the ascendancy!

London Golf Show 2014 Competition & Ticket Offer …

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
London Golf Show 2014

London Golf Show

It’s competition time again, and this time it’s the opportunity to win x5 pairs of tickets to the London Golf Show 2014 PLUS we’ve got a TSG 2-for-1 ticket offer to share with you!

The London Golf Show 2014 …

The 10th London Golf Show will be an interactive experience for golfers of all ages, with informed technical advice, PGA tuition and free golf lessons from Coaching Partner PlayGolf World, celebrity guests, two indoor driving ranges, custom fitting, club testing, custom build trucks, simulators, a Kids Zone, crazy golf, competitions and prizes, and the latest golf gadgets + every visitor to the show can benefit from a partnership with GOLFNOW.

Where is The London Golf Show 2014 …

Glow at BLUEWATER will be the new venue for this year’s event and the show will open on the same day as the Bluewater Christmas Lights party. BLUEWATER is only 5 minutes off the M25, and parking is FREE. It is convenient wherever you are coming from and it will only cost you the petrol you need to get there, there is no excuse not to make it!

The show will be supported by some of the best known golf brands including TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Wilson, Nike, Titleist, Ping, Cobra, Cleveland and Yonex, and in total there will be in excess of 100 golf brands at the show.

The retail partner of the show, Silvermere Golf Store, from the Silvermere Golf Complex, home of the Doug McClelland Golf Superstore, will set up at the Show with unique deals on clubs, clothing and accessories.

London Golf Show 2014

Try the latest gadgets …

What else is going on …

The main stage will be hosted by top presenter and golf show veteran Tony Westwood where he conducts interviews and discussions on all aspects of the game with experts from all corners of the golfing world, including biomechanics, mind coaches, strength and conditioning experts, swing coaches, putting gurus and shot game masters. And of course trick shot shows from Dean Davis, and the Trick Shot Boys, Geoff Swain and Kevin Carpenter will entertain the crowds with amazing displays.

Also at the London Golf Show you will be able to find the Golf Tourism Show, a show within a show, showcasing many countries, courses, destinations and resorts. As well as this, there will be a ‘Golf Club Showcase’ of clubs from the South of England promoting their courses.

The London Golf Show will also be working with Prostate Cancer UK as the ‘Official Charity Partner’.

* Under 16’s admitted free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

The TSG London Golf Show 2014 Competition …

So how do you enter? Simple…..just answer the following question:

“Where is the London Golf Show 2014 being held?”

Email your answers to

Answers are required to reach us by Thu 30th October at Midnight.

Winners: to be announced Fri 31st October.

Happy Golfing!

Ian & The TSG Team

Can’t wait to see if you’ve won….for more information on this year’s show or to take advantage of our great 2for1 ticket offer, please use the following code: TSG241



Friends of The Social Golfer…

Monday, May 19th, 2014

TheSocialGolfer.comWelcome to our The Social Golfer page where we let you know about great companies and websites that can benefit your golfing life.

We call them ‘Friends of The Social Golfer’ or as those that know us well, ‘Friends of TSG’


Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf News…

Golf News – The Biggest Golf Newspaper in the UK –

Golf Assessor – Providing independent golf equipment reviews & comparisons.

Women & Golf Magazine – News, Fashion, Equipment, Travel & Lifestyle Magazine –

Fore!Women - Golf website for women

FORE!WOMEN – Website dedicated to promoting women’s golf, making golf even more attractive –



Friends of The Social Golfer – Other Golf Media…

2-fore!-1 – 2 for 1 golf discount vouchers – save 50% on 700 golf courses in the UK with 2fore!1 –

Golf Deals Group – Save up to 80% of Green Fees & Much More –

Golf Market – New & Pre Owned Equipment at the best prices –


Friends of The Social Golfer – Travel…

Golf Escapes – Official Partners of The Social Golfer – Experts in golf travel  –

Click2Mojacar – Golfing breaks and holidays to Almeria and Murcia Spain, Discount green fees and tee-off time booking –

bogor golf toursBogor Golf Tours – Specialist Indonesia Golf Tour Operator – Play golf on six of the top Indonesia International standard golf courses, all within a one hour drive from your hotel –


Friends of The Social Golfer – Events, Tours  & Trophies…

Trophies & – Trophies, medals, shields, plaques and glass & crystal awards and free delivery on orders over £100-

Golf Empire – Search over 10,000 amateur open golf competitions at more than 1,500 golf clubs… all on one website –


Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf’s Governing Bodies/Associations…

European Disabled Golf

Disabled Golf Association – PAN disability organisation –

British-Inclusive-Golf logo


British Inclusive Golf – The Drive behind Disability Golf –


World Golf AwardsWorld Golf Awards™ – serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism through our annual awards programme –


Community Golf Logo

Community Golf – CIC – This team engage with specific groups of the community to facilitate fitness and activity using golf as the vehicle –


Friends of The Social Golfer – Media/Marketing…

MC2 Marketing – Marketing, Media, Content, Creative & Websites –

Jan Lewis Creative – Graphic Design, Photoshop, Branding, Logo’s  –

Chic Media – Award winning professional Photography, VideoGraphy and Wedding Shows –

Adam Croot – .NET developer and all round good egg. Without Adam, The Social Golfer just wouldn’t work –

Fyxen Copywriters – Providers and purveyors of fine online content and nice people too –

Performalytics – Data Analysis that means something. James likes graphs! –


Friends of The Social Golfer – Personal…

Roger Hurcombe – Disabled Golfer and all round good egg –

Ian Halliwell – Stroke Victim, Charity Fundraiser and all round Golf Nut –

Ian Halliwell – My Golfing Travel Journal from Wigan to the World and back –

AmateurGolfNet – An amateur golfer’s personal narrative of his golfing experiences. –

The Kirstie Charity – TSG member Gary Wilson fundraising for Cancer Research –


Happy Golfing!


Ian & The Social Golfer Team