The number of golfers in Spain decreased between 2010 and 2017 by 18%, according to a report by KPMG. However, demand showed only a 0.5% decline in 2017, which means the stabilization of the Spanish golf market has begun. In terms of supply, the past 8 years were stable with no significant change in the number of courses.
The most active golf travelers still come from the more affluent nations with long-standing golfing traditions, i.e., Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, and Scandinavia. The most preferred touristic golf facilities are located on the coastline in the region of Andalucía, Murcia, C. Valenciana, and Cataluña, and on the Islas Baleares. Spain’s famous “Costa del Golf” represents one of the biggest golf clusters in Europe and hosts some of the most recognized and prestigious venues in Europe.
Nowadays, the country is enhancing its efforts into bringing golf participation back to its previous levels. Introducing the sport to juniors is one of the initiatives aiming to ensure that future generations will take up golf. On the global scene, golf is receiving greater visibility in the country thanks to the successful performance of several Spanish professional players on the tours in recent years.