Competition Golf Numbers Keep Climbing High

Kassidy Rogan
May 21, 2024

New South Wales has led the charge in Australian golf’s ongoing boom, with competition rounds reaching over 4.5 million in 2023, played by nearly 200,000 golfers.

This significant contribution is part of the larger national figure of 12,227,604 competition rounds, marking a 15.9 per cent increase from the 2022 total of 10,546,459 rounds.

The year-on-year rise shows the growing popularity of golf across Australia, reflecting a widespread eagerness to participate in the sport.

Matt Chesterman, Golf Australia Head of Clubs and Facilities, expressed pride in these numbers and enthusiasm for the sport’s continuous growth.

“Not only does it demonstrate that interest and love for golf is still on the rise, but it shows how important golf is to Australians and how committed they are to the game.

“Each year, more and more Australians are beginning their journey in golf, learning the game and progressing through to joining a club and playing competition rounds as well as social golf.

“This continued growth highlights what is being achieved via the Australian Golf Strategy as we seek to have more Australians playing more golf and enjoying all the benefits the game brings.”

NSW’s impressive figures are part of a broader national trend, with Queensland and Victoria also seeing substantial increases. Victoria, for the first time, exceeded three million competition rounds.

Tasmania experienced a 7 per cent rise, from 300,840 to 321,976 rounds, while the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia showed smaller but positive growth trends.

A particularly promising sign for the future of golf in NSW and nationwide is the 39 per cent increase in competition rounds played by golfers aged 18 and under over the past year.

“To report a 39 per cent increase in junior competition rounds in 2023 compared to the year before is incredibly exciting,” said Chesterman.

“Golf is a game for life, and it is proving to be a sport that is attractive to Australians of all ages. We are pleased to see more and more golfers beginning their lifelong relationship with the game at a junior level.”

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