The numbers game

In the latest edition of the ‘Svensk Golf’, the Swedish Golf Federation magazine that goes out to every member of a Swedish golf club there is quite a big article about the falling membership of juniors. Since the peak in the year 2000 when Swedish golf clubs had more than 90,000 junior members (under the age of 21) this has been in a steady decline and the number is now down to about 50,000. This is obviously a dramatic drop. When looking at the once so flourishing junior nation-wide tournament (my generation would probably still refer to it as the Colgate Cup even though it has been the Skandia Cup for years) where the big participation event was always the club qualification, the percentage drop is even greater. It goes without saying that there is a huge problem with junior participation in Sweden.

The fight against the trend of falling membership numbers is certainly not unique for Sweden. English golf clubs are bleeding and we see the same in many European countries. Therefore what I learned today is quite encouraging. Through the work of the Golf Foundation golf’s role on the school curriculum has increased from a ridiculous number to about 45% in only the last few years. In other words 45% of the young kids in the country get the chance to try golf in school. This has got to be the way to at least plant the seed. The pro-active clubs will then have every chance to come into the school and pick up the interested ones. The non active ones will still stand there wondering where the good days went. The super pro-active ones will have made sure that the juniors have a course to play on and somebody there to make sure they come back the next day. I do not think it is any more difficult than that! But on the other hand it is not any easier either…

1 Response to “The numbers game”

  1. 1 Mike Brennan March 5, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    We need to explore every Avenue in pursuit of these young golfers both Femail & Male.

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