A NEW report shows an increase of almost seven percent in competition rounds played by Australian golfers in 2009.
The Australian Golf Industry Council report says the additional rounds generated a $4.56 million boost to golf club revenues.
Much of the increased rounds came from male golfers — up by 7.7 per cent and they contributed 81 per cent of total rounds played.
Female rounds were up by 5.5 per cent.
NSW topped the state’s tally with about 4.3 million rounds ahead of Victoria (about 3 million).
Queensland, hit by floods, had about 1.9 million ahead of Western Australia (about 872,000) South Australia (787,000) Tasmania (273,000) and the Northern Territory (about 49,000).
NSW and Western Australia 9 per cent up on 2008, had the biggest increases.
Based on data submitted by GolfLink, the club competition rounds tally accounts for about 50 per cent of all rounds of golf played, but records “single handicapped rounds only, not including rounds played from events such as fourball and ambrose”.
The database used for the analysis is from about 1600 facilities. GolfLink recorded about 11.265 million competition rounds played in 2009 an increase of 6.9 per cent on 2008.