Australia boasts 1530 courses and about a million people play some 30 million rounds every year, but club membership is declining and the biggest group of golfers is aged between 55 and 64.
If correct, Victorian MP Richard Marles then rightly added: “I think we have got more golf courses per head of population than any other country in the world.”
As an outside observer of the Australian Golf industry for some time now, I must say that the last year or so has seen some fantastic initiatives.
The industry does seem to be bringing the game out of the dark ages and pushing it in the right direction (There was talk of nine hole competitions and a review of the current handicap system which is exactly the sort of thing the game needs.).
The upcoming handicap changes, Tiger’s Australian presence and this push into Australian politics bodes well for Australian Golf. What we need now is another major winner, a few professional’s getting on board and for the golf industry to keep up the momentum.