Golf participation in Europe is ‘stable’, says KPMG


Golf participation in Europe is ‘stable’, says KPMG
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Golf participation levels in Europe have entered a period of stability and growth.

That’s according to a new report from KPMG’s Golf Advisory, covering the levels of golf participation throughout the continent.

Golf participation numbers suffered during the global financial crisis. However, the new report indicates that numbers have stabilised, with 67 per cent of local golf associations indicating that participation numbers either stabilised or grew in 2015.

However, declining numbers were still evident in 33 per cent of markets, including England, Spain and Ireland.

The number of golf facilities in Europe has also risen, with 7,097 affiliated facilities in 2015 – an increase of 18 facilities year-on-year since 2014. 

In terms of golfer demographic, male golfers continue to dominate, representing around 66 per cent of all registered golfers in Europe. Female golfers represent 25 per cent, while 9 per cent of players are juniors.

Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s global head of sport, said: “Hopefully, what we have observed in some markets is a continuance of meaningful development in the sport as well as a boost to its reputation as a positive contributor, not least to the financial stability of clubs, too.” 

The full KPMG report can be downloaded here.