UK Golf Retail Sales – Quick Market Update for the end of 2020

Well at last we have got through what most will consider as one of the worst years – unless you sell PPE that is. As it stands Golf proved its health benefits and turned out to be rather popular again. With all the ups and downs we have now complied the overall data for 2020 and the news is pretty good – value was only down 10.7%.

No surprises we are not up – it was almost an impossible task to loose nearly 16 weeks of the year and not expect some negative impact. However some are up and up a lot. Others are down but not as bad as it could have been. Here’s a quick video with some highlight numbers. 

UK Golf Retail Sales Market Update for August 2020

Since lockdown the Golf market has performed very well – courses have been full and people have been reconnecting with the game. In July Golf Datatech recorded their biggest ever month of sales in their UK retail audit.  To follow that up – August has become the second largest month on record.  

Here is a quick Golf retail market update on the numbers for August 2020 and how they compare to 2019.

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UK Golf Retail: Market Overview 2019

2019 bit the dust and what a year it was. With all the political ups and downs, it would have been hard to come up with the script.

So how would we describe the Golf market in 2019?  In footballing parlance, I think it would be “a season of two halves”.

The first half saw the market get off to a roaring start. In March, we were over 7% up YTD and things were looking good. May was okay but then it all started to unravel the following month: one of the worst Junes for a long time which saw 80% more rain than average. We hoped this was a blip but, little did we know, it was a sign of things to come. Continue reading “UK Golf Retail: Market Overview 2019”

UK Golf Retail: Market Update June 2019

Half a Year Gone!

Can you believe the season for golf majors is already over, and we’re only just half way through the year? It’s hard to think that the big events are finished for 2019. Will this allow some of the smaller events to grab the limelight?  The organisers hope so.  Time will tell, but I did enjoy this year’s offerings: finished off with a great win for Shane Lowry at The Open Championship.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the events in the world of UK Golf Retail this year.

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UK Golf Retail: Market Update April 2019

Right now, golf retailers are slap bang in the middle of the season. It’s one of the busiest times of year for pro shops, and all too easy to lose track of how the market, and your business, is performing.  The April retail statistics were recently released, so let’s stand back to look at the picture so far, .

2019: the story so far

By all accounts, it’s been a good start for both golf retail, and golf, in general. Both Winter and Spring were very kind, (no snow), allowing lots of play in relatively warm, and dry, conditions.

People out on the course have been spending money, while Tour Professionals have been generating a good deal of media interest. Tiger Woods winning his first Major in 11 years was, perhaps, one of the greatest comeback stories ever. Everyone seemed to be talking about it: even my football-obsessed builder!

Rory McIlroy returned to his winning-ways: taking the unofficial 5th Major at the Players Championship. While Brooks Koepka retained his PGA Championship title, in dominant style, with an imperious win. All great stories from interesting players, capturing a lot of screen time and news updates.

Celebrating

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UK Golf Retail: September 2018 Update

For most, the overriding memory of September will be the barn-storming Ryder cup where Europe produced an overwhelming, if unexpected, victory. Some outstanding performances from both the old guard and the rookies. It’s always good entertainment when the postman delivers!

the postman delivers

When most of the golfing community was still pumped with positive energy, some of the air was let out of the tyres by the news that American Golf – Europe’s largest specialist golf retailer – was up for sale under, what seemed to be, negative circumstances. More about this next month, but for now, let’s hope the new arrangements allow AG to be successful, and the industry continues to grow.

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UK Golf Retail: End of Summer 2018 Market Update

Well, the sun kept on shining and England carried on playing football. That was the story in July, and it seemed to have a real impact on the UK golf market.

Cutting straight to the chase, July was down 7.3% Vs 2017 according to Golf Datatech‘s retail Audit. In fact, July ended up significantly smaller, in terms of sales, than April, May and June – which is very unusual.

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What was to blame? The World Cup or the weather?

Well, July saw 38% more sunshine than usual, and 34% less days of rain. And with the high temperatures we experienced, my concern was that, whilst sunshine is great weather for golf, it was just too hot for some people.  However, it didn’t seem to go that

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