A 2015 European Tour report has shown golf participation is flourishing in the UK, especially among the younger generation. The Tour's "Golf Active Study" revealed 11m people in the UK are actively engaged in the sport, 1.7m of which are junior golfers.
According to the European Tour, recent golf participation numbers portraying the sport in decline have not reflected the changing face of the game itself. The oft-quoted figure of 3.5m adult "golfers" only takes into account those playing on full-length courses, says the Tour.
Golf - a game in decline or changing for the better?
The body believes the emergence of several shorter formats of the sport are still actively engaging people to take part in golf, many of them juniors. These formats include the driving range (3.1m active users), pitch and putt (2.3m), nine-hole courses (2.2m), putting greens (1.7m), and par-three or short courses (1.2m).
In addition, non-traditional formats have attracted engagement, including adventure or mini-golf (2.7m active users), golf computer games (1.9m), and golf simulators (0.4m). “Our ‘Golf Actives Survey’ suggests our sport is very healthy, participation in it is changing and the younger generation have more options to experience our wonderful game," said Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour. “That doesn’t mean playing 18 holes should not remain the pinnacle of golf: indeed, doing so successfully is the goal to which most will continue to aspire. It simply means that playing 18 holes shouldn’t be the sole yardstick we use to measure participation.”
As many as one in five under-18s is considered to be a "Golf Active" by the European Tour, with adventure golf, pitch and putt and the driving range all more popular forms of the game than a full-length course in that age group. And while golf computer games are played more frequently than any other format, in real terms as many young people are now found at a par-three course, a putting green or a nine-hole course trying to emulate what they have seen on their screens.
This is very interesting reading and shows golf in a different light and maybe the markers by which we calculate the figures need to be reviewed.
Let us know your thoughts? Is it Ok to include these other forms of golf in the figures?
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Playing golf can bring you some impressive health and wellbeing benefits. This increasingly popular sport is actually a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.
It’s better than a fast and furious gym
Golf burns more calories than you’d think: playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories. Golf also combines all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk around five to six miles.
It brings people closer together
Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have recently moved into a new area or town or are travelling abroad. Wherever there’s a golf course, a host of rewarding new friendships awaits you. Friendships that are likely to flourish, thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the game itself and the ready-made social life at the clubhouse afterwards.
It helps combat stress
“Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing,” says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk . “It offers some important feel-good factors, such as an active social life and regular physical activity of the best kind – what we call ‘green exercise’ outside in nature.”
It’s good for your heart
Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes - especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
It can help you live longer
Golf’s unique combination of outdoor exercise and social interaction can help you live a longer, healthier life. Playing golf can help you live longer – and make those extra years healthier. Indeed, playing the sport can increase your life expectancy by up to five years, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. Regular walking, such as the four hours it typically takes to play a round of golf, can also help ward off dementia.
Suffolk Golf have identified that the numbers of juniors playing golf in Suffolk have declined over recent years therefore they have launched a new campaign, the “Suffolk Tiger Golf” Initiative to encourage more juniors into the game.
To achieve this, Suffolk golf has funded some free golf sessions at Stonham Barns Golf Centre for juniors, boys & girls aged from 6-14 years old. The first of these sessions will be held on Saturday 26th April in three one hours time slots starting at 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.
These sessions are FREE and open to any juniors in Suffolk. The Tiger Golf Sessions will aim to be fun, help the juniors learn more about golf and encourage them to continue playing and enjoy this great game.
Suffolk Tiger Golf Sessions
To book your place contact Tony Dobson, PGA Professional at Stonham Barns Golf Centre on 01449 711545 or email email@example.com.
Stonham Barns Golf Centre is a Get Into Golf Starter Centre based in the heart of Suffolk between Ipswich and Stowmarket. (Postcode IP14 6AT). This RangeMark accredited facility has a short 9 Hole Golf Course, a 28 Bay Golf Range and a Mini Putting Course. In addition Stonham Barns has over 30 shops, a restaurant and many other attractions. For any further information see the website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
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Stonham Barns Golf Centre is a premiere learning centre for golf in Suffolk and is proud to have achieved the England Golf RangeMark status. The covered driving range offers excellent facilities to all golfers and beginners and experienced players are encouraged to use the facilities.
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Join the most cost effective golf membership scheme in Suffolk. Play on our scenic 9 hole course at Stonham Barns and get reduced greenfees on other Suffolk Golf Courses. The Mid Suffolk Golf Membership Package includes :
Join now at a special offer price of only £20 per month. For Juniors we have special rates of £10 for Under 20 and £7.50 for Under 17.
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We would like to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Christmas and let's hope it's a great golfing year in 2014 and I am hope we are able to help you enjoy your golf and achieve any golfing targets you have for the new year.
If you are looking for assistance with your golf, we have just launched a new golf academy, the Mid Suffolk Golf Academy, based at Stonham Barns. This academy will offer help to anyone who would like help with their golf and we have a number of programs for juniors, beginners, experience golfers and for elite players. To improve your golf in 2014 contact us on 01449 711545.
The 1st Hole at Stonham Barns 9 Hole Course
Are you looking to have a go at golf, then here is a great way to start. We are offering Free Golf Lessons for 4 weeks as part of our get Into Golf Campaign. Here are some more details:
FREE 4 Weekly Sessions of One Hour
Beginners Golf Sessions, Tuition & Play 2013 - Weekly on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm and Sundays 2.30-3.30pm
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SUFFOLK GET INTO GOLF COACHING OFFER - 4 Week Course Stonham Barns Golf Centre in conjunction with the Suffolk Golf Partnership are offering a subsidised golf starter offer which includes an 4 weekly golf sessions. Stonham Barns is a Golf Foundation Grass Roots Starter Centre and will give the players a chance to learn golf in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. The sessions will cover all aspects of the game.
No experience required - Sessions will include all the basics of grip and set-up.
Group Coaching - Learn to play with friends or join a group and meet new people.
All Equipment provided - Clubs during the lesson provided FOC.
Social Benefits - Meet other beginners - Coffee and refreshments available on site.
PGA Qualified Level 3 Coach - Tony Dobson (Head professional at Stonham Barns)
Starting Date of the Sessions
Every Thursday 5.30pm-6.30pm or Sunday - 2.30pm – 3.30pm - Call to book into next session
For more information or to book onto the course call Tony on 01449 711545
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