Hole in one for northern NSW golf tourism

IT SEEMS the greens are always greener on the North and Mid North Coasts, with a new survey naming the state's top coastal corner a favourite among travelling golfers.

Roy Morgan Research canvassed more than 15,000 chasers of the small white ball to determine which areas they would most like to visit.

The survey found Australian golfers were 46% more likely than the average to name the North and Mid North Coasts as somewhere they would like to take a holiday.

Gloucester came in second place for NSW destinations on 38%, followed by the Thredbo and Perisher region on 34%.

Roy Morgan industry communications director Norman Morris said golfers were an important niche market for the travel industry.

"More than half of Aussies (51.4%) who play golf either regularly or occasionally belong to the affluent AB or C socio-economic quintiles of the population," he said.

"Which may go some way towards explaining why 65% of Australian golfers took at least one domestic holiday in the last year, compared with the 53% national average." -ARM NEWSDESK