from New Zealand
Difficulty in learning the game is a barrier here initially. Lack of programs to encourage learning and participation
Societal change is a main barrier and it’s a very hard one to fight. Juniors have a greater range of options – the traditional Rugby/Soccer winter and Cricket/Golf summer is long gone. Now it's gym and BMX and dance and swimming and judo and afterschool tutoring and xbox and all manner of distractions – result, Junior Memberships well down.
Mum now works and so the traditional midweek ladies membership type is really dying. Majority of new ladies take up 9 hole membership which is widely offered in NZ and so probably a step ahead on the rest of the world? Traditional lady members however detest “9 Holers” and discourage greater involvement by this new breed – result, Lady Memberships down.
Because Mum and Dad both work, Mum no longer allows Dad to disappear on the weekends for 6 hours or more. Dad required to play a more active role in the household – result, lack of 30-50 year olds.