Spanish golf ended the year 2021 with 284,954 federated, 283,363 of them amateurs and 1,591 professionals, according to the data of the official co
Spanish golf ended the year 2021 with 284,954 federated, 283,363 of them amateurs and 1,591 professionals, according to the data of the official count carried out on December 31.
This digit represents an absolute increase of 13,166 licenses during the past financial year, which in percentage terms is 4.8% more than at the beginning of the year. Both records, both the absolute and the percentage, constitute a positive trend change in a period especially complicated by the coronavirus health crisis.
The idiosyncrasy of golf –practiced outdoors and that naturally establishes safety distances- and the establishment of a protocol -which allowed at the time to reestablish the practice of this sport from the first moment- have constituted a claim for numerous people, who find golf a healthy activity both from a physical and psychological point of view.
This increase in golf licenses constitutes the third consecutive year of growth, thereby breaking a prolonged streak of nine consecutive years of decline experienced in the period between 2010 and 2018, coinciding with a good part of the prolonged economic crisis and social changes that have conditioned for many years the development of very diverse sectors of Spanish society.
In 1990 there were 45,000 players in Spain; the 100,000 mark was exceeded in 1996; 200,000 were registered in the first months of 2002; in mid-2004 there were 250,000 registered and at the end of 2006 the barrier of 300,000 federated was surpassed. The maximum peak in the number of licenses occurred in 2010, when there were 338,588 federated, starting from then on the inflection curve process described above.
Women and the golf quarry in Spain
It should be noted that the number of female licenses currently stands at over 79,000, which represents 27.9% of all golf licenses in Spain.
Of all of them, 44,471 correspond to women over 50 years of age, 22,465 to women between 21 and 50 years old and 12,060 to those under 21 years of age, with special mention for 8,547 children under 16 years of age.
Among the youngest, highlight that the Spanish golf quarry is based on 24,600 boys and girls under the age of 16 -almost 36,000, specifically 35,938, if the age range is extended to 21 years-, which in percentage terms represents 8.6% or 12.6% of the total number of federated, respectively.
Highlight in this case that the base of Spanish golf continues to expand little by little, since at the first of 2015 there were 21,530 minors under 16 years old -33,682 up to 21 years old-, which in percentage terms represented 7.6% or 11.9%, respectively, a process of slow growth that coincides with the progressive and gradual implantation of Golf in Schools Program, the Friends Cup and various promotional actions among the youngest jointly developed by RFEG, Autonomous Federations and Clubs for several years now.
Data by Autonomous Communities
If during 2015 all the Autonomous Communities registered red numbers in the licenses section, in 2021 all of them -except for the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which have lost 2 and 15 federated, respectively- have finished positive, some of them with certainly important variations.
In absolute terms, Madrid, with 87,685 federated, concentrates 30.8% of the total licenses, followed by Andalusia, with 48,207, and Catalonia, with 28,396, accounting for 16.9% and 9.9% of the total federation, respectively.
Valencian Community (19,791), Basque Country (17,623), Castilla and León (13,696) and Galicia (11,455) are the other Autonomous Communities that exceed the 10,000 federated barrier.
The one that has added the most licenses during the year 2021 has been Madrid, 4,725 federated (5.7% more), followed by Andalucía (2,602 federated, 5.7% more), Valencian Community (733 federated, 3.8% more), Castilla and León (723 federated, 5 , 6% more), Catalonia (679 federated, 2.4% more), Galicia (616 federated, 5.7% more) and the Basque Country (608 federated, 3.6% more), where promotion have been especially effective.