in Quebec | Golf will still be popular in 2022

If there’s one sector that has benefited from the pandemic over the past two years, it’s the outdoor sports industry. Golf has been booming in the past 24 months, and the trend hasn’t abated with the dawn of the new season.

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Nicholas Richard

Nicholas Richard
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It was easy to believe that the golf industry would see a major decline, given a small return to reality and a growing offering of activities. However, regional and federal golf associations have no doubt that golfers will still be around in the coming weeks.

François Roy, assistant general manager at Golf Québec, and Patrick Riom, regional manager of Golf Canada in Quebec, are very optimistic and can’t wait for the snow to melt for the launch of the new season.

Golf is so healthy in Quebec that the main challenge for the clubs will once again be to get everyone to play. “It’s a big problem,” says Mr. Reum.

According to data provided by Golf Québec, the number of rounds played in 2020 increased by 19%. Last season, growth was 21%. “It’s been phenomenal in two years,” explains Mr. Roy. Furthermore, more than one million Quebecs played at least one round during the summer of 2021.

I think we can keep up with the number of rounds of golf that have been played over the past two summers.

François Roy, Assistant General Manager at Golf Québec

There are several reasons for him to make such optimistic forecasts. On the other hand, the enthusiasm for the return of golf is palpable, in his opinion. The enthusiasm is the same as in the last two springs. On the other hand, many people have prepared themselves to learn this sport, and “it won’t stop after a year or two.” After that, Golf Quebec believes that golfers will stay a little more in Quebec during the summer, due to the pandemic and the rising cost of gas.

At the moment, everything is going fine. However, according to Mr. Riom, we must be careful in the upcoming seasons. It will be interesting to see what happens with inflation and spending. The price of fertilizers rose significantly, as did machinery and gasoline prices. We may have to worry more about 2023 and 2024.” Never mind, summer 2022 should be exceptional.

golf for everyone

Of course, all sports federations dream of seeing their players reach the highest peaks. Quebec Golf Club is still looking for the first certified player to have full-time playing rights on the PGA Tour. On the LPGA side, many Quebecers have already penetrated.


Photo by Bernard Brault, press archives

Many young people have been playing golf for two years.

However, it is clear in the priorities of the two associations that it is essential to ensure that golfers from all walks of life, young or old, men and women, beginners or experts, can find what they are looking for.

We work hard to develop our sport without worrying about elite and high-performance players.

Patrick Riom, Regional Director of Golf Canada in Quebec

However, it is clear that having a Quebec representative in the best circuit in the world will facilitate the promotion of the sport. “It will make a difference and bring a wave of interest and curiosity about our sport. We need this, and it will help us.”

To attract more people, we must bet on more than sports. “You have to give golfers a try. […] Clubs do it better and better by offering a variety of services. “It goes from playing sports to catering, events, activities, clinics and kids programs,” says Mr. Roy.

modern sport

Many young people have been playing golf for two years. This sport is incredibly popular among young people. So it became fashionable. Several YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, and TikTok focused on golf have sprung up.

The role was played quietly, but golf is taking advantage of it today.

“We want to democratize golf among young people who still have a rigid and traditional perception of the sport. On the other hand, the clothing, the situation on the court and the atmosphere in the clubs has changed dramatically in recent years,” argues Mr. Roy.

[Le sport] More inclusive, more fun, more festive.

Francois Roy

Mr. Riom agrees and is pleased that the idea that golf is a sport “for the wealthy is unattainable and not fun.” quietly fading away.


PHOTO FRANCOIS ROY, LA PRESSE ARCHIVES

Golf is so healthy in Quebec that the main challenge for the clubs will once again be to get everyone to play.

“Private clubs still maintained a more traditional and conservative style of the game with a stricter code, but for semi-private and public clubs everyone showed a greater openness. We could see sweaters coming out of pants and more varied clothes. We even heard music in gigs. From Obviously you have to remain respectful towards other clubs and players, but this gives everyone the opportunity to be able to find what they are looking for and have fun.”

If the trend continues, the first rounds should take place by mid-April in the greater Montreal area, weather permitting. In other areas of Quebec, the amount of snow is still very large. However, clubs and managers at the county’s 300 stadiums have been preparing since the end of last season and are eagerly waiting to break other records.

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  • 19%
    An increase in the number of rounds played in 2020 compared to the 2019 season

    Source: Golf Quebec

    21%
    An increase in the number of tours conducted in 2021 compared to the 2020 season

    Source: Golf Quebec

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