Sep 29th, 2016
What golfers hate most on TripAdvisor
And it’s not what you would think
Words: John Dean
Research by a golf equipment superstore into what people talk about most when leaving a negative TripAdvisor review for a golf club has found that two areas stand out, and they might come as a bit of a surprise.
We would have thought that the quality of the golf course would be the number one issue that annoys golfers, but less than 10 per cent of all negative reviews mentioned this.
A common complaint on TripAdvisor is pricing for hotels and restaurants, but just six per cent of negative reviews were written by people stating that their experience was overpriced.
According to Golfsupport, which analysed over 1,000 TripAdvisor reviews written in the last year about golf clubs across England, the two biggest areas for complaint are customer service, which just under a third of all negative reviews brought up, and food, which was the source of more than 30 per cent of all complaints.
“England are a nation of complainers, and it seems golfers are no different,” said a spokesman for Golfsupport.
“We won’t stand for bad service. Poor customer service was the most common complaint made by TripAdvisor users over the last year. They accounted for approximately 32.6 per cent of all complaints, which, was to be expected.
“Golf club staff in England are in need of a little training or motivation, because this is the biggest downfall, and one of the most common pitfalls in the services industry. Many reviewers claimed how they ‘would not return’ following the poor service received, describing the behaviour of pro shop staff along with clubhouse waiting staff as ‘inexcusable’.
This is the last thing the industry needs, at a time when golf club membership rates are in decline.
“After poor customer service, food was a close second at 30.5 per cent of all complaints. Who knew that the food, and not the golf was so important to golfers? This was more surprising, as we assumed golfers cared more about the quality of the course they were playing than the grub they were being served afterwards. But nevertheless, food was below par for nearly a third of golf club reviewers. And the worst food was found in Greater London.
“The worst place to golf through complaints alone was Greater London. Golf clubs here received the highest proportion of negative reviews with 34 per cent of all reviews. Greater London golf clubs also had the worst customer service, the worst food and were the most outdated of all golf clubs in England.”
Cornwall had the most positive amount of reviews and Cumbria the least negative.
Thanks to https://golfsupport.com/ for this information.