The golf operation market covers all facilities and infrastructure related to the practice of this sport.
According to FFGolf, France now has 730 golf structures, an increase of 20% over the last 10 years. Most of these facilities were built between 1985 and 1995, but the construction of new golf facilities has slowed down today because they are also much more controlled. There are 408,388 golf licensees in France, a number that increased by 40% between 2000 and 2016.
The golf course operation market is dominated by a few companies, leaving little room for new entrants.
The numerous takeovers are typical of a highly concentrated golf market, given that to achieve break-even point, a club must have nearly 500 members and a turnover of €0.5 million.
The golf course operation market in France is confronted with a very seasonal practice in most regions of France, which explains an annual occupancy rate of 30% of the courses.
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