Is municipal golf the best way to grow the game?

A recent article published by Golf Vacation Insider has posed this question as the author observes that the golf industry continues to discuss how utilisation growth can be encouraged.

The article reflects on the vital role municipal golf courses play in growing the game, acknowledging that is is likely most golfers — even pros from Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel to Phil Mickelson and Nancy Lopez — got their start at humble municipal layouts.

Full details of the article can be found here.

Within the Australian market, we certainly recognise the outstanding quality of the golfing experiences offered at many public and council owned courses and that some facility owners are investing further to improve these assets.  Our own Moore Park Golf has been the recipient of over $5m in capital improvements over the past 5 years.  Ringwood Golf Course are currently renovating their course layout to a master plan that will improve and increase the bunkering on the course.

It is evident that facilities that invest in their assets are generating high utilisation which is leading to superior commercial returns.