Competition golf rounds played in Australia increased by 5.4% in the 2012-2013 financial year
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Competition golf rounds played in Australia increased by 5.4% to more than 13.1 million in the 2012-2013 financial year according to new data released by the Australian Golf Industry Council.
National monthly growth in June 2013 increased by 5% on June 2012 figures.
At a state level, Queensland recorded a solid 10.7% increase on June 2012 figures while an extra 13,000 rounds were played in regional Western Australia, contributing to a 17.2% increase for the state on June 2011/12 figures.
With more favourable golf weather conditions across the east coast of Australia in the last 12 months, the eastern states collectively pushed the annual national result to above 5% for the year.
This was driven by New South Wales - the largest state (in terms of golfers) delivering the largest rounds growth in the east of 7.6%
The Northern Territory recorded the strongest growth of any state or territory for the financial year, up 13.9% on the 2011-2012 financial year figures.
The majority of the growth for the year has been in metropolitan regions, up 5.9% for the year against 5% in the regional areas.
Among the largest increases in competition rounds by district was Illawarra in NSW at 9% and Group D (largely social clubs) in Western Australia where competition rounds played increased by 19%.
Golf Australia CEO and AGIC Chairman Stephen Pitt said the 2012-2013 financial year had proved a very positive one for the sport.
“More competition rounds of golf have been played than the previous financial year which is good news for golf clubs and the health and growth of our industry,” Pitt said.
“To have more than 13.1 million competition rounds played on Australian golf courses is a great result and that’s in addition to the millions of social golf rounds played during that period. There are a range of factors that contribute to energising golfers to play more regularly including improved weather conditions and inspiration from the success of Australian players overseas – both of which we’ve seen in recent times.
To download the full year-end report, visit www.agic.org.au
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.