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  • Date: 04/20/2016

KPMG Golf Participation Report: Stability, growth in Europe

Press release - 20 April 2016

Today sees the launch of the Golf Participation Report for Europe 2016 from KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice.

According to the survey, which is based upon statistics compiled from local golf associations in 46 European countries, the continent’s golf markets are displaying positive signs of stability and growth in 2015. 

In fact, when taking a closer look at Europe’s golf markets, 67% of local golf associations indicated in 2015 that their level of participation had either stabilized or increased. 

The remaining 33% of European markets still experienced some decline, including key markets such as England, Spain and Ireland.

Overall, the study identified that golf participation in Europe has begun a period of stabilization since the declines it suffered following 2009 during the global financial crisis.

In terms of supply of golf courses in Europe, there were 7,016 affiliated facilities in 2015, which increased by over 16 facilities year-on-year since 2014. 

As seen earlier, the European golfing family continues to be dominated by male golfers, who, in 2015, represented an estimated 66% of all European golfers. Female and junior golfer participation was yet again disappointing in 2015, at approximately 25% and 9% of all registered golfers, respectively.

The Golf Participation Report for Europe 2016 also provides an overview of those initiatives identified and pursued by local golf associations to boost golf in Europe. Among the numerous initiatives implemented by local associations, the most common growth initiatives were greater incentives for higher handicap players, golf course adaptations, improving the social experience of golf, and junior development programs.

Commenting on the report, Andrea Sartori, KPMG’s Global Head of Sport, said: “Hopefully, what we have observed in some markets is a continuance of meaningful development in the sport as well as a boost to its reputation as a positive contributor, not least to the financial stability of clubs, too.

Together with other industry research materials, KPMG’s Golf Participation Report for Europe 2016 is available for download on

About KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice 

KPMG Golf Advisory Practice possesses in-depth knowledge and experience of the business side of the golf, lifestyle real estate, hotel and tourism industries. Our Practice has provided professional services to developers of new and owners of existing golf courses, be they stand alone courses or part of an integrated real estate and leisure resort across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and further afield.

We have assisted developers of integrated resorts in conceptualizing projects in which golf plays an important role and also several owners and operators of existing golf courses in becoming more efficient from an operational point of view in an increasingly competitive market place.

Our international client base comprises:

  • Developers of integrated real estate and leisure resorts incorporating golf 
  • Owners and operators of existing golf courses/clubs and integrated golf resorts 
  • Banks, investors, real estate funds and private equity groups
  • Golf and tourism industry bodies and associations.

About KPMG 

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 155 countries and have more than 174,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

© 2016 KPMG Advisory Ltd., a Hungarian limited liability company and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (KPMG International), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.

Media contact

Kyle Verboomen
KPMG Golf Advisory Practice


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