A survey has stressed the important of family in getting youngsters into golf.
Some 71% of junior golfers said they would like to play more golf with their parents, while 99% of parents said golf provided a safe environment for their children.
The survey, conducted for the Golf Foundation by Sports Marketing Surveys, also showed 95% of parents believe the sport can teach their children valuable life lessons.
“The results of the survey prove that golf can have a hugely positive impact on a child’s upbringing,” said Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation.
“We know that we can provide safe environments for children of all ages but it was particularly pleasing to see that younger children also have a real appetite to play the sport with their parents.
“Golf is perhaps the only sport where multiple generations of the same family can play together over decades and even compete. The fact that 71% of children surveyed expressed a real interest in playing with their parents proves that if clubs can provide an environment in which all ages feel welcome and comfortable, the sport will grow!”
Juniors said availability of courses and academies, tolerant members, ability to bring friends for free, and varied formats were key to retaining youngsters.
The survey questioned parents, guardians, juniors, club officials and coaches across England and Wales.