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Female golf: the current picture in Britain
In Great Britain, female participation accounts for 12% of total participation (adults who play at least once a year) for the last two years – a decline from 15% in 2011.
Just over 50% of England's population is female – only 13% of English golfers are female and 14% are affiliated members of England Golf
In Germany, 38% of golfers are female; in France 28%; in Sweden 29%
Since 2004, female membership has fallen by 27% at English golf clubs
On average, there are 70 women members each club in England
640,000 females said they were interested in taking up golf in a 2014 survey (Syngenta - ‘The Opportunity to Grow Golf: Female Participation’)
98,000 females are currently members of golf clubs in England
88,700 females play golf at least once a week in England; 146,300 play once a month
The average age of a female golfer playing once a week or more in England is 50
Females between the age of 16 and 35 account for 25% of female core participation
The average annual female membership for 2014 was £848 – for a junior girl it was £117
Over half of men who have sons say that their son(s) play golf; 12% of men who have daughters say that their daughter(s) play
Thanks to Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS), England Golf & Syngenta for their help with the statistics above