Bridport Golf Club, Kingston Beach Golf Club, Riverside Golf Club, Royal Hobart Golf Club and Devonport Country Club in Tasmania join Victorian Country Shepparton as the first clubs in Australia to commit to the Charter, which aims to enable more of women and girls to maximize their potential at all levels of sport.
The Charter was launched for Australian clubs last December with Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia and the WPGA Tour of Australasia all committed to promoting gender equity at golf clubs across the country.
To qualify as signatories, clubs must build on and develop initiatives that will aim to encourage more women and girls to play golf and stay in the sport as club members, while enabling women to pursue successful careers in the golf industry.
Shepparton Golf Club continues to innovate and attract women to the game, as recognized by winning Golf Australia’s Visionary of the Year initiative in 2021, and was officially the first Australian club to sign the Charter . For becoming a signatory, the six clubs received a range of benefits, including:
- Receive a signer sticker that can be placed around your club to show support and commitment.
- Receive a digital suite of marketing tools that can be used for their website and advertising.
- Opportunity to be nominated for Golf Australia programs such as Visionary of the Year and funding for the Australian Golf Foundation Junior Girls Scholarship Scheme.
- Recognition of their commitment to the Golf Australia and The R&A sites.
Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the Charter was an inspiration to golfers.
“We are delighted that already clubs are coming forward to become signatories,” Sutherland said.
“The R&A Women in Golf charter is part of our national strategy. Golf is a fun sport for everyone and we are committed to inspiring more women and girls to play golf. Clubs and facilities have a lot to gain by strengthening their focus in this area and ensuring that our places to play are welcoming and inclusive. We congratulate the clubs that have taken the initiative to sign up – and we know that more and more clubs and facilities will follow in the weeks and months to come.”
Phil Anderton, Director of Development at The R&A, is delighted to see Australian golf clubs joining those around the world in their commitment to women’s and women’s golf.
“The R&A Women in Golf Charter was launched in 2018 to create a more inclusive culture within golf around the world. Since then we have seen over 1000 clubs in 12 countries commit to the Charter and the development of women’s and women’s golf.
“Australia is a strong sporting nation that has seen significant growth in golf participation over the past two years. We are delighted that Australian golf clubs are becoming signatories to the Charter which will position golf as a sport that is welcoming to women to engage with and contribute to the future success of golf in the country.
Since 2018, participation in golf in the UK has increased significantly, including among women.
According to research by The R&A and Sports Marketing Surveys, 25% of female golfers were new to the sport in 2020, while in 2021 the number of female golfers on a full course (nine or 18 holes) increased from 1.4 million to 1.6 million, which accounts for 34 percent of all golfers.
The latest AusPlay data from the federal government showed a sharp increase in female participation in Australia in 2020, rising from 184,359 to 249,900 participants, an increase of 35%.
BECOME A SIGNATORY
If you wish to become a signatory club of the Women in Golf charter, please contact us via [email protected]. From there, we will arrange a brief meeting with your local Golf Australia Regional Development Officer or Club and Facilities Support Manager, and the Women’s Engagement Team.
Golf Australia has a range of resources to help clubs commit to the R&A Women in Golf charter. The most essential resource is Sport Australia’s ‘Game Plan’ tool, accessible from the Club & Facility Support portal. The Game Plan tool, which is a module focused on the growth of women in golf, will help a club identify areas of the club in which it already excels and areas for improvement, ultimately assisting in the development of an action plan for your organization.