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New research shows that the number of golfers in Europe has risen to nearly 10 million. The results of the study are significant as they show that the number of ‘freelance’ golfers in Europe is greater than the number of ‘club member’ golfers, offering new insights into the sport.
The Secretary General of the European Golf Association, Michael Thannhauser, said of the study: “While the results are excellent, there is no reason for complacency in developing the sport and guaranteeing its longevity.”
England (up 63,500) and Sweden around 40,000 are the two markets with the strongest increases in registered golfers, up 54,000.
A look at golf in Europe and Britain
Golf is a popular sport across Northern Europe including France, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. Like other regions, Europe organizes tournaments, although they are usually smaller than those in the UK.
Golf has a large following in the UK, particularly in England and Scotland, with over 2,000 golf courses and frequent betting on sporting events. Both nations have hosted prestigious events including the British Open. In addition, Scotland, the birthplace of modern golf, is home to the Old Course at St Andrews, believed to be the oldest golf course in the world. Unfortunately, those who choose to play golf in the UK have to get used to playing in challenging or hostile circumstances.
Obviously golf is famous all over the world. The United States is the largest golfing nation, but the United Kingdom is the origin of the game. No matter where you play, there are thousands of beautiful golf courses and many events to enjoy.
Nine countries, mainly developing golf nations, saw registered golfers increase by over 30%; Latvia and Belarus recorded increases of over 150%.
Iceland with 17%, Scotland with 11%, England with 8% and Ireland with 7% have the most golfers in the world.
The number of registered golfers in Europe has remained fairly constant at 8%, while the number of juniors playing the game has risen to over 350,000.
Registrations for junior golfers are highest in Sweden (61,839), England (45,304) and Germany (41,212).
What caused the dramatic increase in European golfers?
There have been some positive developments in golf in recent years. Over the past two years, the rulebook has been revised to provide faster formats, fewer rules, and more flexible ways to play.
Despite the pandemic, golf was a sport that was played safely. People were able to get out of the house and exercise even when on lockdown, which has been a great boon to our emotional and physical well-being.
DP World Tour and PGA TOUR Alliance
By announcing a groundbreaking new 13-year operational joint-venture collaboration, the DP World Tour and the PGA TOUR have taken steps to dramatically enhance their current alliance and help players compete at the pinnacle of professional men’s golf .
Commenting on the news of the expanded alliance, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan said, “It was evident from the start that our strategic partnership with the European Tour Group was a compelling agreement for both parties.
To bring our respective organizations and memberships closer together and to innovate to bring the most exciting and compelling game to golf fans around the world, we will continue to work together on a global calendar and significant commercial areas.
Additionally, the combined efforts of both tours to increase prize money and commercial revenue will help players across the board and pave the way for the vast future strategic potential for all players of both tours.
As part of the DP World Tour’s Title Partnership Agreement, the DP World Tour has promised its members annual prize money growth above and beyond record 2022 levels for the next five years.
The new partnership will provide the world’s best golfers with a clearly defined route and give pros more opportunities to compete on both tours.
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