A nationwide drive is underway to get more women and girls playing golf in Great Britain and Ireland. As the top women professionals of Europe and the USA prepared to do battle in the Solheim Cup, golf’s governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, announced a joint commitment to increase participation.
Combined, the four countries had just over 171,000 female golf club members last year, compared to 952,000 men, but evidence from England Golf’s ‘Get into golf’ campaign shows huge interest from women who want to play.
The joined-up approach will see each country take a lead in one aspect of growing the game and they will all share ideas and good practice.
England will focus on marketing; Ireland will look at participation programmes; Scotland will consider governance and equality; and Wales will explore shorter, fun formats and competitive opportunities.
David Joy, chief executive of England Golf, said: “The huge interest around the Solheim Cup helps us to further spread the message that golf really is a great game for women and girls - it’s healthy, sociable, fun and competitive . We all feel that our collaborative approach will be critical to the success of growing women and girls’ golf.”