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Golf Union of Wales
Catsash
Newport
Gwent
NP18 1JQ
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.welshgolf.org.uk

Date established: 1895
Disciplines: All levels of men’s golf in Wales.

Committee Structure: The WGU is governed by a Council. Sub-Committees cover the following:

Executive
Championship and Rules
Golf Development and Communications
Standard Scratch Score and Handicapping
Teams and Performance
Welsh Golf Course Committee

Regional Structure: The WGU is split into 10 Districts (as from 2006 this will be streamlined to 8).

Relationship to National Bodies: Represented on the Council of National Golf Unions.
International Relations: Affiliated to the European Golf Association and the International Golf Federation (formerly the World Golf Council).

Publications: Year Book and tri-annual Newsletter.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

Clubs

128

n/a

n/a

158

n/a

159

Adult Members

41,689

50,568

51,458

51,886

51,816

51,308

Junior Members

6,582

6,319

6,767

7,201

7,328

7,412



Welsh Ladies’ Golf Union
Catsash
Newport
NP18 1JQ
Tel:
Email:
Website: http://www.wlgu.org.uk/

Date established: 1904
Disciplines: All levels of women’s golf in Wales.

Committee Structure: The management of the WLGU is vested in an Executive Committee. Sub Committees cover the following:

President’s Selection
Captain’s Selection
Finance and General Purposes
Girls
Rules and Regulations
Scratch Score
Selection
Training

Regional Structure:

Relationship to National Bodies:
Represented on the Ladies Golf Union Council.
International Relations:

Publications:
Year Book.

Membership Figures:

1991

1996

1999/00

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

Clubs

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

143

Adults

n/a

n/a

9,665

9,449

9,111

8,842

Juniors

n/a

n/a

600

613

692

762



Golf Development Wales
WGU Office
Catsash
Newport
NP18 1JQ
Tel:

Following the successful bid to bring the Ryder Cup to Wales in 2010, a golf development partnership was formed between the Welsh Golfing Union, the Welsh Ladies’ Golf Union, the Sports Council for Wales and the Golf Foundation. This partnership is called Golf Development Wales; funding is provided by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Sports Council for Wales. The main aim of Golf Development Wales is to encourage junior development with a particular focus on attracting more girls into the sport.

Additional Information

Golf Participation

Following a static period in the first half of the 1990’s golf participation increased in 1997/98. This rise was to be expected following the opening of a large number of new courses. However recent survey results appear to indicate a decline in participation to below the levels of the early 1990’s. Whilst some of this decline may be explained by changes in survey techniques, there does appear to have been a real drop in participation, with both men’s and women’s participation falling in roughly equal proportion. The latest survey showed a slight rise in participation.

% Adult Participation (aged 15+):

1991/92

1993/94

1995/96

1997/98

1998/99

2000/01

2002/03

Male

7.2

6.7

6.9

8.4

6.8

5.4

5.9

Female

0.9

1.3

1.1

1.0

0.7

0.7

0.8

Total

3.9

3.9

3.9

4.6

3.7

3.0

3.2


Golf participation is highest in Denbighshire, Monmouthshire and Pembrokeshire. The lowest participation rates are in Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot. When golfers were asked how many times they had played in the past 4 weeks, the mean was around 5 times.

Profile of Golfers

Golfers in Wales are far more likely to be male than female; the male participation rate is more than seven times that of the female rate. The age profile of golf is quite unlike the vast majority of sports. In the latest survey, participation levels were the same for 15-34 and 35-54 year olds, with participation falling only slightly for those aged 55+. Golf has always attracted a larger percentage of participants from the higher social classes; the cost of playing and the largely club-based nature of the sport are two important factors. The latest survey found that the participation rate for those in social classes A, B and C1 was far higher than for those in social classes C2, D and E.

Provision for Golf

Wales currently has 203 golf courses at 185 locations. There has been a considerable growth in provision in recent years with almost 70 new courses opened since 1990. Around two thirds of these new courses have been commercial provision. Approximately
45% of courses are available on a pay and play basis with the remainder being private members clubs. There are currently about 35 golf driving ranges in Wales.