Golf participation throughout the past years has been on a slight decline, as reflected in the number of people participating in England as well as the share of adults participating in Scotland. When looking at the type of golf being played, full length courses and the driving range are most popular in the United Kingdom. When cross-referenced with the age group of people playing, it appears that the most popular type of golf, full length courses, is most widespread among people of 55 years of age or older. The gender of golf players is predominantly male, with two thirds of all golf activities being played by men as well as 86 percent of full length courses.
The spending by golf players in the United Kingdom reflects industry data, as the majority of consumer spending goes into member fees at golf clubs, which is followed by golf equipment and green fees. The manufacturer sales of golf clubs and equipment has been on a steady rise in the past years, even though participation has slowly declined. The overall cost of the game seems to be the main factor why people do not play golf. A motivating factor to encourage more people to give golf a try would be to provide easy access to affordable golf lessons.