The UK Golf Federation who primarily represent proprietary golf courses and driving ranges reported at their recent December Board Meeting that 2019 had been a good season for business and many had seen growth in the numbers participating in various activity at their golf facilities. Rounds played were overall up and special events such as coaching programmes and junior golf were being well supported.
With many golf clubs appearing to have struggled over the last few years with dropping membership, this was viewed as a very positive move in getting golf participation back on track for the future.
The membership of the UK Golf Federation has grown substantially in 2019 and now has over 550 golf clubs and driving ranges as members. This represents a growth of over 300%. Doug Poole CEO of the UK Golf Federation believes the key to this huge growth is down to the valuable range of business benefits programmes available to members and confirms “Currently there are 14 benefits to membership of which 8 are completely free and this is set to grow in 2020 as more key benefits to business are brought into the membership package”.
Also, Corporate Partners such as Clubcar, John Deere, Toro and Textron Golf who are partners with the UK Golf Federation, bring extra support in helping members make key decisions on equipment, golf course management and maintenance. Stop Press! New Corporate Members joining in 2020.
The federation’s early initiative for 2020 is GolfBIC on 16th March to be held at the Forest of Arden Golf Resort. GolfBIC is one day packed with three seminars, show room with major suppliers to the industry exhibiting and gala dinner all wrapped up with great networking opportunities. Registering for GolfBIC is easy, just go to www.ukgolffederation.com and book your show package, if you’re not a member already! Just join there and then online.
The UK Golf Federation believe it key that they work with all the major associations and stakeholders in the industry to find ways of growing participation and ultimately membership. So, now having over 550 golf facility members the UK Golf Federation who offer an easy and relaxed pathway to trying golf, look to become more involved with supporting key stakeholders in growing golf participation though their open access golf facilities.