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Attracting More Teens to Golf

Participation rates for junior golfers aged 12 to 17 has declined from a high in 2001 of 17.6 per cent to 14.6 per cent in 2006 according to BC Business Online. This represents a loss of 53,000 potential paying customers. The biggest drop-off was among boys – with 29.4 per cent playing golf in 2001 and only 20.8 per cent participating today – although it was up slightly among girls, rising from 5.0 per cent to 8.1 per cent. Underlining the point is that the average age of golfers in Canada is now 40 for men and 42 for women, and, at this rate, that average isn’t going to go down anytime soon.

It may have to, in order to support the kind of golf-course development that took place in the ’90s, when approximately 50 new facilities came on stream in B.C., bringing the total number in the province up to around 350. (Another mini-boom is currently underway, primarily in the form of golf-course real-estate plays being marketed to retiring baby boomers.)

How to attract teens to golf. See article.

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