England Golf’s Junior Golf Strategy partners, the Golf Foundation, has reported that its GolfSixes initiative is going from strength to strength and continues to have a highly positive impact on junior membership.
The Golf Foundation’s 2021 GolfSixes League Impact Report reveals that, thanks to backing from The R&A, GolfSixes League has become a game-changing format for juniors and golf clubs.
This fun team formula is loved by children and is a winner with parents, as junior membership figures increase significantly at participating clubs.
The inclusive, fun and competitive six-hole team format where beginner golfers play in a league with other local golf clubs, is achieving its purpose of increasing the number of regular junior players.
More than 5,200 youngsters took part across 74 leagues from 386 golf venues in 2021, leading to a 35% increase in affiliated junior membership across those clubs involved.
In 2021, clubs in England, alongside the other home nations, embraced the dynamic team philosophy (imitating the excitement of the Solheim and Ryder Cups) with adaptations to suit their own regions.
All acknowledge the same benefits: with increases in junior participation and membership, high player satisfaction plus continually improving connectivity with parents.
Some 83% of children ranked being in a team as the part they enjoyed most about GolfSixes League, followed by playing on different courses, becoming a better golfer and making friends. In 2021 the Foundation was encouraged to see 30% of players were girls (clubs are urged to field mixed teams).
With PGA coaches at the heart of the action and Titleist providing each competitor with golf balls, the 2021 season proved to be a great success.
Golf club feedback included:
- 86% of juniors said they were more likely to play golf more often;
- 70% of children practised/or went to coaching more than usual as a result of being part of the GolfSixes League;
- 90% of team managers felt the league created a greater connection with parents and children.
The Golf Foundation’s CEO Brendon Pyle added: “Reaction from clubs, parents and most importantly the players, proves that GolfSixes League is good for golf, as it is helping to secure the next generation of golfers.
“We are highly grateful to The R&A and the home nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland for their support.
“GolfSixes League is expanding in 2022, with plans in place to support 120 leagues, 600 golf clubs and 7,560 players.”