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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Leinster Golf survey results

Karl MacGinty

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

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Results of the Leinster Golf survey.

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CLUB MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY

Adult: 89pc

Members of men's committee: 8pc

Junior: 2pc

Student/intermediate: 1pc

AGE CATEGORY

Under 10: 0.7pc

10-18: 2pc

19-23: 0.8pc

24-29: 2pc

30-39: 11pc

40-49: 20.5pc

50-65: 44pc

66+: 19pc

YOUR HANDICAP

Up to 5: 5pc

6-12: 26pc

13-20: 46pc

21-28: 22pc

No official h'cap: 1pc

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GOLF CLUB MEMBER?

Less than a year: 2pc

1-5 years: 12pc

6-10 years: 14pc

11-20 years: 25pc

Over 20 years: 47pc

HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY?

Less than once a week: 17pc

Once a week: 38pc

Twice or more a week: 45pc

What negatively affects your enjoyment of golf?

Slow play: 90pc

Cost of golf: 48pc

Difficulty getting on timesheet: 39pc

Competition format: 23pc

Other factors mentioned include:

* poor weather, including rain and the way it affects course condition

* breaches of course etiquette

* incorrect handicaps

* dress code

* poor play

* (golf) politics/ poor committees

Have you ever considered giving up golf? If so, why?

Never considered it: 59pc

Cost: 25pc

Health or injury: 15pc

Time: 11pc

Not enjoying: 11pc

Family/home: 11pc

Work: 6pc

Study: 2pc

Various other: 19pc

Have You Played GUI Inter-club Competitions?

Yes: 64pc No: 36pc

Are They Well Organised?

Yes: 97pc No: 3pc.

Are There Too Many Inter-club Competitions?

Yes: 22pc. No: 78pc.

Suggestions from Survey Participants:

1 Address slow play.

2 The option of (long) distance membership is affecting clubs and should be addressed by GUI.

3 Amalgamate with ILGU.

4 Major drive required to get young people playing.

5 Improve individual golfers' contact with Leinster Golf.

6 Branch should communicate directly with club members.

7 Organise a delegate conference for all registered clubs.

8 Standardise course measurements.

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