You would think with England having the World’s number 1 & 2 golfers; Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, coupled with the considerable resources of the R&A, that golf would be doing pretty well.

Unfortunately you would be mistaken.

Below are the official figures from Sport England through their Active People Survey (APS).

I appreciate that at the moment there is an economic recession, hence I have taken the figures over a longer four year period; October 2007 – October 2011.

Under the category of playing golf once a week; participation levels have fallen by 115,100

Under the category playing golf once a month; participation figures have fallen by 146,900

With these disappointing results, perhaps the R&A need to pull their long socks up.


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