A big part of our market base that always seems to get overlooked is the woman golfer. Our sport has generally been male dominated over the years, but times have been changing. The facilities that take a proactive approach to welcoming this market segment will not just grow their female member base, but will also increase their male member base at the same time. All big decisions, like what club to join, are not just made by a single person in relationships nowadays but usually by both parties. So where one goes the other will normally follow.
The 2004 Golf Australia report identified that the women’s national participation rate in golf was around 3% and this participation as a percentage of the population does not exceed 2% until the 35-44 yrs age group is reached. So what can we do as operators to improve these percentages and attract more women to the game, especially the under 35’s?
(* Recent US Survey conducted Study Reveals That Golf Industry Is Missing Mark To Attract, Retain Women)
Is your facility “women friendly”?
This isn’t referring to just being polite to the ladies when you see them (which hopefully you are). We must take a look at the club environment and management culture that is at our facilities.
How do you rate the cleanliness of the restrooms, locker rooms, and general clubhouse areas? Are we stocking the appropriate sized clothing in our pro shops that should have mirrors and clean, discreet changing areas? When did you last go out and play a round of golf (or a few holes) with your female members or showed up to help with their presentations?
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