The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will have a negative impact on the golf industry, in particular greenkeeping budgets, according to the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA).
While the full extent of the implications for golf remain uncertain following 51.9% of the electorate supporting Brexit, it would appear BIGGA, which has around 5,700 greenkeepers and turf professionals as members, will face the biggest implications in the short term.
Speaking to Golf Club Management, BIGGA chief executive officer Jim Croxton said: "The UK golf industry is still in a delicate position on the back of the last economic downturn. Following the result of the referendum, we are set to enter another uncertain period for the economy.
"The decision to leave the EU will have an impact on people’s pockets and within the golf industry this can manifest itself in a reduction in greenkeeping budgets. We will redouble our efforts to ensure we support our members throughout this period and work closely with the rest of the golf industry to keep the sport as buoyant as possible."
Professional services firm KPMG is also predicting a rough ride for the leisure and hospitality industry.
"The decision to leave the EU is likely to cause the leisure and hospitality sector a great deal of uncertainty and concern," said KPMG's UK head of leisure Will Hawkley.
"Not only are there vast numbers of EU nationals working in the hospitality sector, but EU supplier and commercial contracts will need to be reviewed, and there will also be concerns over foreign visitor numbers within the industry. All of these factors could have a material impact on operations and revenues.
"On an economic level, it’s fair to predict that the result will probably impact consumer confidence, driving down discretionary spend on leisure in the short to medium term while consumers evaluate the full impact of what the UK’s exit from the EU means for them and their wallets."