Proposals will see costs double
Golfers facing huge rise in affiliation fee
Scottish Golf chief executive Blane Dodds (left) says the sport is at a crossroads and insists things have to change (pic: Craig Watson).
Scottish Golf has today confirmed it proposes to more than double the National Affiliation Fee for adults as part of its strategic plan to encourage growth in the sport.
A Special General Meeting in Stirling in December will vote on the recommendation to increase the current fee of £11.25 to £24.
The proposed price hike is designed to provide a range of benefits including free personal liability insurance of up to £1million for all members, the provision of an integrated national tee-booking system to all clubs by 2020 and investment in a new online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system.
It is also planned to use the additional revenue to create a Development Fund for investment in clubs and facilities from 2018 and to provide a National Greenkeeping Fund and Club Buying Group for all clubs to access cost-efficient resources and equipment from next year.
Junior memberships will remain free of an affiliation fee.
The governing body has targeted doubling its revenue to £8million in the next four years with a commitment to addressing the downturns in participation, commercial income and public funding to reinvigorate and re-establish the game at all levels.
Chief executive Blane Dodds said: “For the equivalent of an additional £1 per month, every golfer in the country can help play a significant role in the rejuvenation of our game.
“This is an impassioned request for a small additional contribution per head to make a huge difference to the future of golf in Scotland that all can benefit from.
“I reiterate that the status quo is not an option. It would lead to a budget cut in the region of £400,000 for next year, the consequences of which would lead to significant cuts to development programmes and our overall investment in the game.
“At a time when we strive to increase participation in our sport and financial support to all our members, this would represent a major blow to our abilities to implement our future strategy.
“These proposals are about providing a springboard to sustainability. They would enable us to grow participation through greater accessibility, to support our clubs administratively and in terms of infrastructure, to increase coach development and to empower our Areas and Counties to be the beating heart of our game.”
He added: “The reality is we need to work in a more integrated manner with all of our members, to keep pace with technology to improve the experience for all golfers but especially future generations, and to make golf in Scotland more attractive to fresh investment.
“All of this is for the benefit of the game as a whole and we urge everyone with golf’s prosperity at heart to vote yes to a brighter future at our SGM in December.”