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National Strategy launched for Australian Golf Industry

National Strategy launched for Australian Golf Industry
December 15, 2021

The Australian Golf industry’s milestone national strategy was launched today following many months of collaboration and alignment and aims to “grow golf as efficiently, collaboratively and sustainably as possible”.

Launched at the newly opened Australian Golf Centre in Melbourne the Strategy is said to provide a roadmap for the game at all levels for the foreseeable future.

More than 10,000 people were consulted in the development of the strategy, including golfers, club representatives, PGA Members, industry partners, public, government, equipment suppliers and industry experts in a series of webinars, meetings and surveys.

Golf Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland notes “this National Strategy gives golf in Australia a strong sense of direction. It has allowed us to collectively lift our eyes to golf’s enormous potential as a sport for all. We share the industry’s excitement about the opportunities ahead – and commit to serving Australian Golf and its millions of golfers.

“The positive appetite for change has been overwhelming and I’m proud to be standing here today representing not Golf Australia but Australian Golf in this industry first.”

Acknowledging the sport was perceived by many as expensive and not inclusive, WPGA Tour of Australasia Chief Executive Karen Lunn said the Strategy was “designed to challenge this perception and change this reality” adding “Golf needs to commit to making all clubs and facilities a welcoming environment. We need to embrace all formats of golf as golf and enable more people to play more often in ways that suit their lifestyle and interests.

“There is a clear opportunity to better service our members, attract newcomers and to make the game more appealing to women, children and families. It’s affordable, it’s accessible and it’s fun, but we know that’s not how its perceived, and we are determined to change that.”

PGA of Australia Chief Executive, Gavin Kirkman said the strategy provided guidance on the industry's aspiration for customer experience that drives enjoyment through playing and being involved in Golf and advises “we all have a role to play in this – golf club managers and staff, PGA professionals, volunteer administrators, and others employed in the industry. We want all those that play our great game, no matter of their ability or the preferred format they choose to play, to have fun and keep coming back for more. “

Kirkman noted significant growth in the sport through the global pandemic was not something to be taken for granted and highlighted “while Australian Golf has seen a material spike in interest and participation through Covid-19, after a 20-year downturn, the industry is not shying from the fact that issues remain and need to be addressed to ensure the growth experienced is sustained.

“Golf has such a great story to tell but needs to get better at telling it. It’s a game that can be played by anyone, at any age, in any format. Growing the game is key to Golf’s success and working together is the only way we will do that.”

Kirkman also noted a need to focus on aggregating and packaging key tournaments to help showcase the game in new ways. “From Karis Davidson to Min Woo Lee and Cam Smith, our competitive golfers come from all walks of life and genuinely reflect the diversity and accessibility of our sport.”

More than 10,000 people were consulted in the development of the strategy, including golfers, club representatives, PGA Members, industry partners, public, government, equipment suppliers and industry experts in a series of webinars, meetings and surveys.

View the Australian Golf Strategy 

Image top: Cover of Strategy report; Image above: Chief Executives Gavin Kirkman (PGA), Karen Lunn (WPGA) and James Sutherland (GA) with the new strategy at the Australian Golf Centre.

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