Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden and Spain show the same trend: only net growth of players over 60. A clear picture: golf is not able to attract or retain players of the other generations.
The bad news is that the younger player is the future player. If we loose them now, we face a very challenging future. We do not take into account that a big part of the current over 60 players will not be able to play golf anymore due to high age. Golf needs new ways to attract and retain players of all ages. Short term fix is to get more 50+ players on board. Long term focus is making golf attractive to the younger generations.
If this continues the result for the total player population for the aggregated player population of Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden and Spain in 2020 will be:
In 2013 33% of the registered players in these countries is over 60. 56% is over 50.
Forecasted on the current development in 2020 42% will be over 60. 66% over 50.