Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Golf Industry determined to build on Olympics momentum and engage with youth

Golf Industry determined to build on Olympics momentum and engage with youth
December 5, 2016

Golf industry executives, tour officials, sponsors and decision makers attending last week’s 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum, have vowed to grasp the opportunities and new momentum created in the game during 2016 to increase the popularity of the worldwide.

At the conclusion of the largest and most significant meeting place for the golf industry, the overwhelming outlook was one of optimism and excitement for lies ahead in 2017 following a watershed year in 2016.

While much has been made of golf’s declining figures in many of the game’s heartlands, the consensus from those in attendance is that the sport has undergone a quiet revolution characterised by greater international collaboration within the industry, the introduction of new formats, greater attention to youth development and greater focus on digital technologies.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem explained “anything that is golf related that young people can use to connect to the game is positive. It doesn’t matter what it is. The idea that young people aren’t interested in the game is just nonsense. Look at the growth in those trying the game for the first time. It can be anything from three-holes to Topgolf, the format doesn’t really matter.

“There is a sea change. We have a new generation of players at the top of the sport and players who want to contribute and connect more with their fans. Players today are more attuned to and capable of using social media to reach people in big numbers. So the sport is in a very healthy positon and going to thrive in the years ahead.”

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan added “there (has been)a lot doom and gloom surrounding the game but if you wanted to summarize where golf is now in 2016 in three words - ‘global youth movement.’

“These three words are inarguable. It’s not just happening here, women are joining golf all over the world. The youth that are driving our sport is a movement and driving the way we make decisions about the way we do our jobs. That didn’t happen overnight. It’s the outcome of being open to change and doing the right things for many years already.”

Much of the reason for the positive outlook was down to the phenomenal success and global impact of golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Rio with leaders believing even more can be made of the Olympic opportunity in 2020.

Commenting on golf’s return to the Olympics, International Golf Federation Executive Director Anthony Scanlon advised “golf at the Olympics was one of the great comeback stories of the year because the players embraced it.

“There is no other opportunity to showcase this sport to a global audience that the Olympics delivers for the game of golf. I know of no other initiative that causes hundreds of countries to invest in the future of the game of golf for both men and women. Only the Olympics can achieve this movement globally.”

Scanlon reflected that 70% of those watching golf at the Olympics has never watched golf before, adding “that’s hopefully 70% new fans. New people we can talk to and get into the game. Already we’re seeing triple digit in junior development in China for golf. The number of programs that are increasing is in the hundreds.”

Looking ahead to Tokyo in 2020, US Golf Association Executive Director Mike Dvais stated I think a lot of people that had questions about the sport of golf and no doubt the IOC had some of those.

“When you look back at it, the golf course performed well, the players loved it and Rio did a good job of hosting. Now, more than ever, the players want to make the Olympics a bigger deal in the future.

“Those of us on the IGF are thinking that if we can expand, that means more countries will participate and more fans are watching, which in turn, grows the game.”

Whan added to the call for making even more out of the Olympic opportunity, saying “if we could improve, it’s doing what we did and provide more medal opportunities.”

Giles Morgan, HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, who hosted the interview with Jack Nicklaus in the opening session said “it has been a wonderful couple of days and that is with thanks to all our fantastic array of panelists and moderators and the energetic participation of our delegates.

“Everyone has agreed this week that 2016 was a watershed year for golf – new winners, new heroes, new fans, and new momentum. There is much excitement as we look ahead as we have the prefect platform to enter 2017, still basking in the afterglow of the Olympics. Clearly new opportunities to grow the game whether the US or around the world exist and they are within the grasp of everyone who attended.

“Golf is getting more global, it is getting a younger sport. That is what golf needs. But many from within golf didn’t predict Olympic success so we need to stay open to change. We need to keep the momentum. It’s a challenge everyone here must relish. Not fear. As the last two days have proven golf’s leaders are all in agreement. We need to take risks, be innovative. That is the same for all businesses and industries in 2016. Jack Nicklaus said it best here when he stated the world is changing and golf needs to change with it. If we all accept the challenge and opportunities created during 2016 – we can make golf anyone’s game.”

The 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum was held from 28th November to 1st December at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Florida USA.

For more information go to www.golfbusinessforum.com

Images: Panel discussion at the 2016 HSBC Golf Business Forum (top) and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and HSBC Global Head of Sponsorship and Events Giles Morgan (below, courtesy of HSBC)

11th September 2016 - NIKE AND ADIDAS’ GOLF EXIT PROMPTED BY THE RISE OF CYCLING?

24th July 2016 - SWING FIT AIMS TO BOOST FEMALE GOLF PARTICIPATION THROUGH SOCIAL AND WELLNESS ENGAGEMENT

11th July 2016 - GROUND BREAKING RESEARCH POINTS TO POSITIVE FUTURE FOR AUSTRALIAN GOLF INDUSTRY

4th July 2016 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW TO INTRODUCE TOPGOLF CONCEPT AS PART OF REVITALISATION OF ATTRACTIONS

31st May 2016 - FUTURE OF GOLF PARTICIPATION BASED ON FAN ENGAGEMENT


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

TICKETSERV

As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

SUNBATHER

Solar Pool Heating & Swimming Pool Covers since 1974. Sunbather offer an Australian made product which undergoes continual development to enable you to trust in the Sunbather brand. We deliver a…

read more

Aquatics / Venues

 
 

Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

SICO SOUTH PACIFIC

SICO is at the forefront in innovative mobile folding and rolling, space efficient tables, stages, dance floors and many other products which help our customers optimise their use of space. Image…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Venues

 
 

Pico Play

Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…

read more

Attractions / Consultants / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business