Geoff Witton casts his eye over what is going on this month.
We have been speaking to quite a few golf suppliers over the last few weeks and it is clear that with the “temporary decline” in the golf market with 99,937 registered club members as at the end of August there is a shift in the market. Golf suppliers and the golf club infrastructure are definitely finding it tough at the moment.
Compare that with the figure of 90,938 registered CASUAL golfers in the same time period however. Our research tells us that casual golfers will outspend golf club members by 10:1 so maybe what is happening is CHANGE. For obvious reasons we are keeping a very close eye on these trends.
So, Lydia Ko is opting for an image change and telling her caddy to butt out of her putting line up process. Some “journalists” would have all us believe that Ko has just very recently gone blonde. In fact it has been a development that she has been on over three or four months. Whatever, it is all good and she came very close to a win last month. Go KO!
So Danny Lee, has quietly gone about his business and fathered a son with his wife Yoomi Kong whilst in between bogies and birdies. Well done Danny and Yoomi and good luck to you all for the future.
Last month we were very lucky to have been invited to review the new VW Touareg. Inside is the “boys” view and the December issue will bring out the “girls” view. Suffice to say, without repetition, that this is one heck of a car. If you are in the market for a luxury SUV you will not go far wrong in getting a test drive of this model.
At last we can say it.
The Summer of Golf is about to be upon us. We have had a slight reversal of fortune with the LPGA not proceeding in 2019 due to the financial failure of its naming rights sponsor. However the good news is that 2020 is looking very good and we will be back to a full schedule of events then. A timely reminder that it costs the promoters/ managers, The Tour and NZ Golf millions collectively to put these large scale events on for the country.
It is all set into concrete that the Men’s Open is holding its Centenary event in Queenstown and the PGA Championship at Pegasus in Christchurch in March 2019. Remember accommodation is very tight in Queenstown and fairly tight in Christchurch so get your hotel bookings and car rentals organised good and early.
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