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S5W-14966: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 5 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many active golf club members there have been in each of the last 10 years, and what the average club membership fee has been; what analysis it has carried out of how the Barclay Review recommendations on non-domestic rates might impact on fees and clubs, and how any reduced participation because of the closure of clubs if their non-domestic rates rise might impact on health and wellbeing.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 27 March 2018

Comparable data is only held following the amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union Limited and Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association Limited in 2015, golf club membership in Scotland has therefore been as follows:


Financial Year

Total Playing Membership

Scottish Golf



Scottish Golf



Scottish Golf



Scottish Golf



The Scottish Government does not hold information on the pricing structures of privately run golf clubs, however, sportscotland publishes an annual review of local authority charges for sports participation in Scotland. It is based on a survey of the Scottish local authorities and their associated leisure trusts, covering over 70 different activities and facilities. The full report includes details of charges associated to golf, including golf season tickets and can be found here:

Our full response to the Barclay review of non-domestic rates was set out in an implementation plan published on 14 December 2017, duly informed by wide stakeholder engagement.