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Is Golf Doing Enough?

Knowing that something needs addressed and actually doing something about it are two different things. There has been much said and written about how we can grow the game, but despite those lengthy debates, is golf collectively doing enough? read more ...


The Importance of Online Golf Course Reviews

Online golf club and facility reviews are an established and important part of the golfing landscape. Will Trinkwon takes a closer look at their growing influence, how venues can take advantage, and the correct ways to deal with any negative responses. read more ...


Benefits of Golf for the Over 50s

One of the attractions of this wonderful game of ours is that you can carry on playing to a decent standard for as long as you still have breath in your body. Golfshake's Derek Clements looks at just some of the benefits of playing golf for the over-50s. read more ...


How to Save Money When Playing Golf

There is a perception that golf is an expensive sport, and there is no denying that it can be. But there are things you can do to enjoy the sport without spending a fortune. Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his money-saving tips. read more ...


How to Support Your Local Golf Club

It is a harsh fact of life that we are seeing golf clubs close down at an alarming rate as memberships tumble. But if you support your local golf club and encourage others to do the same there is a chance that it might just survive. Here, we have some ideas. read more ...


Why You Should Take up Golf Instead of Cycling

Cycling has become a hugely popular pastime in the United Kingdom, especially with older people, but we naturally believe that golf is a safer alternative. Golfshake's Derek Clements takes a look at some good (and somewhat tongue in cheek) reasons why. read more ...


Ladies Academy at Widnes Golf Club Proves Successful

Widnes Golf Club has launched its own ladies academy, introducing the game to new players, and outlining a desginated pathway into memberships to encourage integration, the social benefits,  and has proven to be a major hit. read more ...


Survey Analysis Captures Spending Habits of Golfers

Analysing the results of our 2018 Golf Survey, we have explored the spending habits of regular golfers and what they perceive to be value across the golf industry, capturing their views and relationship with the game. read more ...


What Stops Golfers Joining Clubs?

What stops regular nomadic golfers from joining clubs? Furthering on previous research, we delved into hundreds of comments submitted into our 2018 Survey to identify key areas that have dissauded these players from signing up to a membership. read more ...


The 20 Biggest Issues Facing Golf Clubs

We have analysed the considerable data and the hundreds of comments left by regular golfers in the 2018 Golfshake Survey to identify 20 key areas that the game needs to address if golf clubs are going to thrive into the future. read more ...


Is This How We Grow the Game of Golf?

Golf is looking for ways to adjust to the modern climate and ensure that clubs and have venues continue to draw new players and have a successful future. Looking at responses to our 2018 Golfshake Survey, we have picked out some possible suggestions that could make a positive difference for the game. read more ...


How Technology and Digital Platforms Can Benefit Golf

Everyone has a smartphone and these digital platforms are increasingly influential when it comes to how golfers consume and engage with the game. Adapting to this modern climate is a change for golf clubs and venues, but it has potential rewards. We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more about the role of technology in the lives of golfers. read more ...


What Stops Golfers Playing More?

From the 2018 Golfshake Survey, we wanted to understand the varying importance of key issues – including cost, slow play and dress codes – to identify what stops keen golfers from playing more often. read more ...


How to Increase Golf Club Memberships

The eternal question facing golf clubs is how they can attract new members. It’s a complicated subject, but perhaps the answer can be found in understanding what current members value most from their memberships, and what dissuades others from joining. We delved into responses to the 2018 Golfshake Survey to learn more. read more ...


Survey Highlights Opportunities for Golf Clubs to Increase Revenue

There is no question that it's a challenging environment for golf clubs to thrive, but where are the opportunities for venues to increase revenue? We delved into the 2018 Golfshake Survey to understand more about the habits and perceptions of golfers. read more ...


Golfshake Survey Reveals Dedication of Golfers to Game Improvement

In the latest instalment of our analysis from the 2018 Golfshake survey, canvassing the views of an almost 50/50 split between club members and non-club golfers, to learn more about their habits and approach when it comes to tuition and game improvement. read more ...


How Do Club and Non-Club Golfers Differ?

For the past five years on Golfshake, we have conducted an annual survey to gain an insight behind the evolving habits of regular golfers, split between golf club members and non-club members. We take a closer look at how these two groups differ. read more ...


Golfshake Set for Continued Growth & More Golf in 2019

The 2019 golf season is fast approaching, and there has never been a better time for golfers to engage with the Golfshake Community through the use of the Golfshake website, Score Tracking services and Golfshake apps. read more ...


Golfshake Golf Course Awards 2018

The Golfshake Course Section includes over 235,000 independent reviews submitted by regular golfers. We have delved into those submitted during the past 15 months to identify the most popular and top rated courses, showcasing those venues in the Golfshake Golf Course Awards for 2018. read more ...


Golfshake 2018 Highly Recommended Golf Courses

Golfers continue to use online reviews as an important part of their research and booking process when researching new golf courses to play and and planning golf trips.  In 2018 over 16,000 new golf course reviews were added to the Golfshake system for over 3,000 golf courses and below we take a look at those courses who continue to excel in terms of golfer expectations.rn read more ...


Top Reviewed Golf Courses of 2018

We have been highlighting popular venues (with at least ten ratings) that reviewed highly on Golfshake during the past 18 months across the regions. Now, to close out the year, we have brought them together into one place for you, celebrating those venues, which could be an informative guide for you to identify places to visit in 2019.  read more ...


Golfshake 2017 Highly Recommended Golf Courses

With over 220,000 independent golf course reviews for courses all around the world from regular golfers the Golfshake system is the #1 resource when researching where to play golf.  The recommendation updates were added to system 18 months ago allowing golfers to highlight whether they would play again or recommend when they left a review. Find out which golf clubs achieved highly recommended status during 2017. read more ...


The importance of digital tech and social media for golf

Digital platforms are becoming increasingly important for golf businesses and golf clubs with 90% of golfers surveyed in the 2017 Golfshake survey stating that they have a smartphone device.  Digital services and apps are now a great way for golf businesses to connect and engage online. Find out more for the 2017 Golfshake survey. read more ...


Insights and analysis of golf course reviews

2017 saw another milestone on the Golfshake golf course review system with the first club passing 1,000 independent reviews as well as launching new and improved review categories. This article looks inside the data. read more ...


What can golf clubs do to present and promote themselves better?

In part four of Josh Carr's examination of the 2016/16 Golfshake survey, he looks at what golf clubs can do to present and promote themselves better. read more ...


How to innovate golf club membership in 2018

Golf Writer Josh Carr explores ways golf clubs can innovate their membership in 2018, with ideas such as family membership and twilight golf, to get more people playing golf in the new year. read more ...


What is stopping people playing more golf?

In part two of Josh Carr’s series on golf club memberships, he looks at what is stopping golfers playing more golf. read more ...


Why are golfers deciding to be non-club members?

In part one of Josh Carr’s series on golf club memberships, he looks at why golfers are choosing to be casual golfers over members, and what factors are stopping these golfers from joining on a permanent basis. read more ...


Golfshake Stats Reveal Odds of Making Hole in One

You have probably seen the hilarious video from the European Tour that challenged Edoardo Molinari to make a hole-in-one with 500 golf balls. It got us thinking about the averages and odds of making a hole-in-one and how they relate to regular golfers. Delving into the Golfshake Score Tracker stats from this summer - in which tens of thousands regularly record their rounds - we have drawn up statistical conclusions as to how likely you are of achieving that most magical of shots read more ...


Why Aren’t More British Women Playing Golf?

Just 14% of golfers in the UK are women, which is way behind other European nations. What are the causes for low female participation, and what can be done about it? Golf Support takes a closer look in this Guest Post. read more ...


FORE Business - Growing the game Growing your business

Business is all about networking and nowadays many businesses choose to do their networking on the golf course. When the founders of “FORE” Business, Sean Fergusson and Arron Busst, met at a local networking event they got round to talking about the business success they have had on the golf course and realised that golf and business have always unofficially gone hand in hand. read more ...


Golfers fully embrace the digital revolution

A recent survey completed by Golfshake members has indicated that golfers have now fully embraced the digital revolution and are now using multiple to channels to consume golf content as well as a way to find their next game and improve.  read more ...


Taking positives from online reviews - Customer Service 101

In a recent blog post by online retailer Golfsupport it highlighted the importance of customer service in the digital era.  In our own analysis we have taken 2,000 recent reviews on Golfshake and analysed golfers feedback specifically focused on the golf course and customer expectations. read more ...


Slow play – What challenges do golfers and golf clubs face?

Slow play is a problem at almost every golf club in the UK and worldwide. In recent years it seems the time it takes to complete 18 holes has increased in both social and competitive golf.  What are the issues that golfers and clubs face and what can be done? read more ...


Golfshake Survey Highlights Importance of Reviews Online

In a recent survey conducted by members and visitors to the Golfshake website, of over 4,000 core golfers, it highlighted the importance of golf course reviews online to both golfers and golf clubs. read more ...


Campaign launched in Nottinghamshire to inspire girls to play golf

Girls Golf Rocks is a new campaign that has been launched in Nottinghamshire to attract young female beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and to play alongside their friends with no pressure. read more ...


Lichfield Golf Club and Country Club Tackles Slow Play With Ready Golf Initiative

Lichfield Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire has launched a campaign to combat one of the most significant issues facing golf - slow play - by introducing a new scheme that is intended to help golfers get around the course in less time. read more ...


Is Gender Free Golf the Way Forward?

A growing number of clubs have scrapped ladies and men’s tees in order to push forward the prospect of gender-free golf in England.  These tees are being replaced by ones where any golfer can play from. read more ...


Golfshake Refresh - Going Responsive, Continued Improvements

You may have noticed a few changes on Golfshake over the last few months and to coincide with the refreshed design, layout and branding we've also updated our moto to - Play More, Play Better. read more ...


Golfshake Survey Analysis - Golf Can Grow

The 2014 end of year survey carried out by Golfshake identifies three areas of opportunity that could drive growth in 2015 and highlights that there is desire to play despite golf going through a tough few years.  The survey data identified that demand for golf is still high but the game needs to tackle its biggest issue – time pressures of the modern world. read more ...


Report: Golf worth £3.4 Billion to English economy

A recent report has suggested that Golf is worth a massive 3.4 Billion to the economy of England. read more ...


Golf: It's current state - A professional opinion

Following on a from a recent article we wrote on the state of golf, PGA Professional Tim Coxon share his experiences and views of where our game is at in 2014. read more ...


Golf is dying - Is this how we can save it?

Golf is a game in decline, there is no denying it. The amount of people playing the game is down, rounds are down and the industry is laying off staff in alarming numbers. So what can we do to fix it? read more ...


Golf Clubs Shouldn't Ignore Social Technology Online

Miklos Breitner from Golf Business Monitor says social media is the new normal. Companies should view social technologies not as another tool to utilize, but as an enabler of organizational transformation as well. read more ...


It's Not Rocket Science - Growing the game

Derek Clements take at look at the recent survey published by Syngenta following National Golf Month which puts golf in a strong position but calls for urgent action. read more ...


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