Golf participation across Australia is on the rise according to new data released by the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC).
An increase of 7.2 per cent in competition rounds was recorded across Australia in 2014, with every month recording a steady increase compared to the corresponding month in 2013.
Competition rounds are defined as single handicapped rounds only and excludes rounds played from non-handicapped events.
Rounds played by male golfers grew by 7.4 per cent while a pleasing increase in female participation was also recorded, rising by 6.2 per cent.
Growth was evident across all states through 2014 and consistently spread across metropolitan and regional areas.
Australia had a relatively mild and dryer winter in 2014 with many parts of the country experiencing rain deficiencies compared to the year prior, resulting in extended opportunities for golfers to get on course.
Queensland and South Australia stood out as the best performing states in 2014.
An exceptionally strong first quarter gave Queensland the largest increase of 13 per cent.
The Brisbane market accounted for approximately one quarter of all rounds played in Queensland, generating a double-digit gain of 14.7 per cent.
South Australia followed, recording a 10 per cent increase in rounds played.