71% of golfers believe dress codes are a problem for golf
By Alistair Dunsmuir
October 2, 2014 10:28
Golf clubs have suffered huge financial problems in the last few years and one of the main reasons has been a lack of new people taking up golf. Surveys of non-golfers have consistently found that unwelcoming rules such as dress codes have acted as barriers to entry into the game, but some golf clubs have been reluctant to change because it was thought that their existing members were happy with their current policies.
However, the poll of 1,000 readers of Today’s Golfer finds that 71 percent believe that golf’s dress codes do deter people from taking up the game, 67 percent of responders feel that trainers should be allowed in the clubhouse and a huge 93 percent of golfers do not think that evening meals require a jacket and tie.
"The game must attract new people or become a niche sport for snobs" said Artisan Club Member 1950