The first weeklong Women’s Golf Day (WGD) celebration drew to a close as the last event finished at Moorea Green Pearl Golf Club in French Polynesia on Tuesday evening, the 6th of June.  More women and girls were able to access these celebratory events in 2023 than ever before given the new weeklong format and the increase in the number of participating countries and venues.

Starting with WGD Palooza Digital Day and the ringing off the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Opening Bell, the celebration continued throughout the week.  New and existing female golfers around the globe dressed in red and white to share their experiences on social media.  The new format generated a staggering 194million impressions, an increase of over 100million impressions verses 2022, with an incredible 397,143 engagements and 92million+ reach sharing a collective joy that perhaps can only be measured in smiles.

Key highlights of Women’s Golf Day 2023 included:

  • WGD Palooza; a specially curated USGA Museum Tour, Instruction from Callaway and Titleist players, an interview with founding members of Project Ukraine and giveaways from WGD partners including The USGA, PGA, R&A, Callaway, Titleist, FootJoy, PGA TOUR Superstore, Imperial, Marco Simone, and Make Golf Your Thing
Women’s Golf Day & Acushnet (NYSE: GOLF) Rings The Opening Bell®
The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Women’s Golf Day & Acushnet (NYSE: GOLF), today, Wednesday, May 31, 2023, to the podium. To honor the occasion, Elisa Gaudet, Founder, Women’s Golf Day joined by Tara Dziedzic, NYSE Head of Listings U.S. Sectors, rings The Opening Bell®.
  • NYSE Opening; WGD Founder, Elisa Gaudet, was joined by a delegation including representatives from Acushnet and LPGA player Danielle Kang as Gaudet rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange

  • New Countries; Gambia, Greece, Peru, and Zambia joined the WGD community for the first time in 2023 taking the total number of participating countries to 84
  • Japan Growth; after running 3 events in 2022, WGD and The Japanese Golf Federation worked in collaboration to grow the number of host locations in Japan from 3 to 139 in under 12 months

  • Championship Venues; More than 1,300 locations have hosted the event since 2016 including high profile venues like Marco Simone host of 2023 Ryder Cup, Pinehurst – host of the 2024 US Open, TPC Sawgrass- The PLAYERS Championship, Firestone Country Club – the World Series of Golf, TPC Scottsdale- WM Phoenix Open, Evian Resort- The Amundi Evian Championship in France, Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan, and Aphrodite Hills Golf & Country Club in Cyprus

  • PGA TOUR Superstore (PGATSS) – Official Retailer of Women’s Golf Day held instore activation events. PGATSS held events at all stores across the USA, excluding California, Saturday June 3rd. There were driving contests in the simulators and basic instruction for new golfers as well as a putting contests and the chance to win a Women’s Golf Day branded Callaway Golf Bag.
  • Golf Town – Canadian retailer hosted WGD events on Tuesday June 6th at all 47 locations across Canada.

“Every year we work to increase the number of facilities that host Women’s Golf Day and it was very exciting to welcome the 139 courses from Japan and watch on social media, in real time, the impact WGD has on golf around the globe.  I experienced first-hand how important it is to have new and existing female golfers participate in WGD events to build confidence, new friendships and skills that do last a lifetime. Our goal is to create more opportunities and unity and we are achieving that on a global level,” commented Gaudet.

She continued, “Growing demand for additional days from host locations prompted us to expand to a weeklong format, resulting in impactful and significant activation on each day this week. Starting on May 30th with the WGD Palooza digital day and May 31st ringing the opening bell at the NYSE with Acushnet (Titleist and FootJoy). It is important to have retail engagement and in store activation from both PGA TOUR Superstore and Golf Town as well as championship courses around the world hosing events.  Having lived in NYC for 10 years it is thrilling to see WGD and Acushnet billboards running for a few weeks in Times Square as well as Silicon Valley.  This support includes our partners, RBC, who are hosting the RBC Canadian Open this week.”

Locations are invited to register now for 2024 allowing them to make full use of the promotional opportunities the Women’s Golf Day platform offers them throughout the year.  Registered locations are encouraged to update their location page regularly throughout the year to promote other offerings at the club including travel/ trips, instruction, and ongoing events.  They will also receive additional support through the WGD social media channels and direct marketing opportunities. For location registration visit www.womensgolfday.com/register

As an avid golfer since the age of eleven Dan lives and breathes all things golf.  With a current handicap of eleven he gets out and plays as often as his work life (and girlfriend) allows. Dan confesses to still being like a kid at Christmas when it comes to seeing the latest golf equipment. Having served as GolfPunk’s Deputy Editor, and resident golf geek for the past 13 years and working for golf's oldest brand, John Letters Dan brings to GOLF RETAILING an excellent understanding of the sector.