Women, speciifcally college educated in the 35-60 year old age is the only segment in golf that is increasing participation, conversely the male segment in the same category is down, with rounds per year also declining. The women are/can be professional business people, that like the men enjoy it for business, as well as the low impact ( injury) of the game, and still get excercise. The kids have grown up and are ut of the house, middle age womens college loans have been paid off etc.
According to industry reports. Over 5 million golfers have left the game since 2007 and of a greater concern is rapid decline of 18-34 year olds from playing golf for the first time. First tee is quite working, junior memberships are not working and not to place blame on one individual, but there has been the growth of young golfers, nor minorities coming nto the game that was widely predicted with Tiger Woods as result of him turning pro. Again I am not placing blame him, perhaps all of us n the industry felt it was going to happen and took our eye off problem.