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Leo Barber, Gen Mgr Paraparaumu GC, New Zealand

Leo Barber | Gen Mgr Paraparaumu GC, New ZealandDifficulty 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.  

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Aug 20, 2016 05:11 AM
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