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80% Of Golfers Stop Play Because Of Credit Crunch


A staggering 81% of golfers have said they dont play as often as they would like because of the credit crunch, according to a new survey released by

Over 3,000 golfers were polled and said on average they spend 61.86 each time they tee-off but were reducing the time they spent on the course because of cost.

Its alarming to see how many golfers are cutting down their game because they simply dont have the same disposable income, said Commercial Director, Colin Whitehead. Weve seen a huge surge in members for and part of that reason must be because were giving golfers what they want and helping them to carry on golfing in these tough times. enables golfers to earn points in their everyday shopping, is absolutely free and takes just one minute to sign up to.

In the last two months, 20,000 golfers have signed up to the unique rewards scheme, bringing the total to 75,000 since was launched just over a year ago.

And has also announced it has just signed up 14 new retail partners including Interflora, Lloyds Pharmacy, Hallmark Cards, Cath Kidston and Tommy Hilfigger, giving members an even greater choice.

Members can also earn points when spending with some of the UKs best known golf specialists including Direct Golf UK,, Golf Care, GreenFree and The Golfers Club.

Its a simple formula. We just give golfers what they want, from the retailers they like to use to the products they want to redeem, said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

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The 61.86 (37.86 if you exclude the green fee) breaks down as:

Green Fee: 24
Buggies/trolleys 8.13
Pro Shop (balls, consumables, snacks) 6.92
Pro Shop (equipment, clothing) 9.77
Club House (drinks and meals) 13.04

And with the average golfer playing 3.4 times per month in the season and an impressive 90% of those polled saying they played all year round, it all adds up.

In fact, nearly 4% (3.7%) said they would not be renewing their club membership next year and a further 9% said they would not if prices rose. is the only specialist golf rewards scheme where members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UKs most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

The scheme is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and its innovative technology means points are automatically collated whenever a registered credit or debit card is used with a participating retailer meaning the system is both environmentally friendly and hassle-free as there is no need to carry a separate loyalty card.

It takes just one minute to register a card online and is completely free. Members can earn points by shopping with more than 200 online retailers and around 3000 high street outlets. In addition, they can register more than one card to contribute to their points tally, so they can even be rewarded when their partner, friends or family shop.

Anyone can sign up to the scheme at, where they can also browse the huge variety of rewards on offer and see the extensive list of participating retailers.


Notes to editors: polled 3,471 UK golfers through GreenFree Limited.


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