AGIC data shows rise in Aussie golf rounds

Maybe it’s not all doom and gloom in the golf industry that some retailers have suggested.

Indeed, the number of golf rounds being played in Australia in the past year has actually increased from the previous year, according to data released recently by the Australian Golf Industry Council.

Stephen Pitt Golf Australia CEO and AGIC Chairman Stephen Pitt (Credit: Paul Shire)

Club competition rounds actually increased by more than five per cent on the previous year, the stats say.

Following a comparably stronger summer this year than in 2013, the April to June quarter averaged monthly increases of 8.5 per cent.

The stand-out states were South Australia (up 18 per cent), Queensland (up 15 per cent) and New South Wales (up 13 per cent) over the quarterly period.

Naturally the recent run of foul weather might affect the next quarter as many courses had to close during the wettest August in Sydney for 16 years.

But for the moment the news is all good for the financial year where results were up by 5.6 per cent nationally on the 2012-13 figures, with growth in male rounds twice that of female rounds.

The end of the financial year result was heavily driven by considerable growth across all of Queensland where competition rounds increased by 13 per cent on the number played in the previous financial year.

Figures in Queensland were equally positive across metropolitan and regional areas.

New South Wales recorded seven per cent growth over the same period while South Australia increased by 3.4 per cent and Victoria by 2.4 per cent.

Western Australia and Tasmania both recorded declines in competition rounds over the financial year.

Still, that might change like the weather – when it improves.

Golf Australia CEO and AGIC Chairman Stephen Pitt said the end of financial year results showed Australian club competition golf rounds had continued to grow.

“These national figures are an important barometer of the health of club competition golf in Australia and on these numbers; trends are certainly heading in the right direction,” he said.