Golf has been booming over the past 16 months. There were many new faces and player diversity has evolved. The National Golf Foundation, which has provided excellent reports and updates during the pandemic, shared that 630,000-youth aged 6-17 began playing golf in the US in 2020. About 35% of those in the junior and beginner ranks were female. More than 400,000 women took up or returned to golf in 2020, which is underscoring the females' rising interest in golf.
America´s #1 Golf Retailer PGA TOUR Superstore saw an 84% increase in sales of women's club sets and women's apparel in 2020 as well. Today, approximately 23% in the game's overall participant base are female, with over 6 million females playing golf in the US.
Women's Golf & Travel Concierge (WGTC), an inbound and outbound golf tour operator company, has been the #1 travel choice for discerning women golfers for the past 10 years. Spearheaded by Founder, Barbara Gutstadt, six-time entrepreneur, co-author of “ Teeing Up for Success”, public speaker and visionary of the women’s golf travel market, is known globally for inspiring women to experience golf travel, use golf as a lifestyle, expand their career through golf and simply for adding fun to the game. WGTC, a US based/company curates unforgettable golf and lifestyle experiences anywhere in the world for women, their friends, and their families.
Travel partnerships with the LPGA Amateur Golf Association (13,000 members), exclusive travel partner of Women’s Golf Day, golf media, corporations, golf suppliers, associations are in place and a team of influential Golf Ambassadors in Women’s Golf is being formed. We embrace diversity and inclusion, and are passionate to grow women’s golf. We and our team are dedicated to providing opportunities for both the LPGA and PGA golf professionals, members of country clubs, Golf Associations, corporations and to numerous Social Media communities.
The excellent portfolio of both companies ranges from long weekends to extended getaways, domestically and internationally, for women’s and men’s groups, golf celebrity schools, bucket list trips, professional golf tournaments and epic golf experiences anywhere in the world. WGTC is well known by the golf instruction industry for her yearly multiple sell-out celebrity golf schools lead by Lisa Longball, 8 time reigning long drive champion. New development and underway for 2022 are Hall of Fame Golf Schools combined with business golf symposiums planned for Florida, North Carolina, and Texas with the same expected results.
In 2021, recent additions to their corporate staff, Oneda Castillo, LPGA, a top 50 Instructor, Member of the Black Hall of Fame, now proudly carries the title of VP Professional Relations. Oneda’s role is to facilitate communication and opportunities with the LPGA. She has been key in gathering support of the black golfer community throughout the country. Ashuanta Epps, LPGA, SE Sectional President of the LPGA, Member of the Black Hall of Fame, LaJean Gould, CEO of Women in Golf Foundation and over 50 other key golf professional influencers including Gale Peterson, PGA,LPGA (top PGA Golf Digest Instructor), Sandy LaBauve, LPGA, PGA and Founder of USGA Girls Golf, Deb Vangellow, LPGA, Past President of the LPGA, Christina Ricci, LPGA, PGA and top author of golf training books.
Recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion, recent partnerships have evolved with the African American Golfer’s Digest, Women of Color Golf, and Women in Golf Foundation. numerous other supporters of WGTC, both from the LPGA and PGA professionals, have joined TEAM WGTC and TEAM SOLHEIM CUP 2023.
Whatever travel experience women and/or men golfers opt for, they can expect exceptional service, value-added amenities, and memories to last a lifetime. With numerous exciting activities and new relationships, 2022 and beyond should prove to an excellent travel calendar.