What Makes A Golf Course “Woman Friendly?”

If you’re a woman golfer, what do you look for in a golf course?

Every golf course wants to be successful and attract new players. It isn’t easy. Maintaining a golf course takes a lot of work and a great deal of money. It’s not just a matter of keeping the fairways mowed and the sand bunkers clear of rocks. Beyond the constant attention to the detailed upkeep, golf course personnel have to consistently deal with the public in a friendly and welcoming manner. Anything less will certainly not help with the bottom line.

The fastest growing segment of golfers today is women between the ages of 18 – 28. Golf courses seeking to attract this up and coming segment of the golfing public need to be aware of some essentials that will help make their club more “woman friendly.” And women golfers should be on the lookout to support those clubs that make the effort to attract women golfers.

“Woman Friendly” features might include:

  • Thoughtful placement of women’s tees, benches, ball cleaners, etc. on the course
  • Women’s locker room or rest area
  • Women’s League
  • Women’s Clinics
  • Woman golf instructor, LPGA
  • Tournaments and other special events
  • Special discounts for women or special play days
  • A good selection of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories in the pro shop

These are just a few of the features that help attract and keep women golfers as members of a golf club. Sometimes the features are obvious, some might be more obscure. Golf clubs looking to improve their “woman friendly” atmosphere, should provide the opportunity for their members and visitors to review their course on a regular basis, listening to constructive feedback especially from the women players. More than likely the improvements targeted for the women players will benefit the men as well.

What features are you looking for in a golf course?

  2 comments for “What Makes A Golf Course “Woman Friendly?”

  1. Clarissa
    October 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I definitely look for a lot of other women on a golf course when I come. It’s very similar to picking a gym. What you want it a a place where you don’t stick out like a sore thumb and plenty of female companions around will help with that quite a bit.

  2. Lei
    January 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    a design that’s not patronizing. examples of a patronizing design: always putting the fwd tees in front of lakes or other hazards, taking them out of play; ridiculously short par 3’s fm fwd tees.

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