Date: December 11, 2012
Author: AGIC

Round numbers increase in boost for clubs

Australian club golfers are spending more and more time on the golf course based on November rounds data released by the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC). The number of rounds played nationally in November was up 9.7% on 2011 figures to 1,056,747 with the biggest increases coming in New South Wales and Victoria. Better weather across New South Wales and Victoria in the period was a key factor in the increases. In November 2011 New South Wales experienced rainfall that was double the historical monthly average while Victoria also experienced above-average rainfall. On Year-to-Date figures, the total club rounds played nationally is up 2.5% to over 11.3 million rounds. AGIC Chairman and Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said things were trending in a positive direction. Players are choosing to spend more time on the golf course and are playing more rounds this year which is good sign for the golf industry, Pitt said. The year on year increase is extremely important for our sport. This contributes to an upward trend for the golf industry in occupancy rates and the general health of Australian clubs. The recently released AGIC Competition Rounds Report showed more than 12 million rounds of competition golf were played between November 2011 and November 2012. The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) was established in late 2006 to provide a forum to help unite the industry on agreed industry wide initiatives. Membership includes: Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Australian Sporting Goods Association, Golf Australia, Golf Management Australia, PGA of Australia and the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects.