The most popular country clubs in the country are finding it harder to attract top stars.
A new survey by HuffPost/YouGov suggests that only 16 percent of American women between the ages of 18 and 35 say they are a member of the country club they currently attend.
This is a steep drop from 30 percent who said the same in 2010.
The survey of 1,600 women across all 50 states, along with the National Association of Club Owners (NACO), found that nearly half (46 percent) of the women surveyed had been a member in the last year.
Only 6 percent of the men said they are members of the same club, and only 5 percent of women who are not currently in a club said they were.
The decline is especially notable among those in their 20s.
Fifty-four percent of 18- to 24-year-olds say they would not be a member if it was not for the country clubs, compared with 40 percent of those ages 25 to 34.
In contrast, 60 percent of 35- to 44-year olds said they would be a members if it were not for a country club.
The country club decline has been even more pronounced among women.
Fifty percent of men between the age of 18 to 24 said they had never been a club member.
Only 15 percent of this age group said the opposite, and just 12 percent of young women.
The findings, which HuffPost/Weber conducted over the past year, are significant given that most country clubs are located in the cities, suburbs and rural areas.
These locations tend to be more affluent and affluent women are often the ones who will be the first to move to the country.
The biggest drop in membership among women was in New York, where membership dropped by 27 percent.
The most significant decline among men was in California, where participation fell by 30 percent.
The HuffPost/WSU survey found that the number of girls participating in the clubs in their home state dropped from 27 percent in 2010 to 23 percent in 2020.
In states that have seen a decline in membership, like New York and California, more girls are opting to play outside the clubs.
A number of reasons are behind this decline.
Many of the clubs have gone bankrupt in recent years, or have closed down.
Some clubs are facing financial problems, like the Club of America in Los Angeles, which closed in 2012.
The American Club Association, which represents more than 5,000 clubs nationwide, has been lobbying Congress for more funds for club programs, including scholarships and sports for girls.
The organization recently launched a new initiative called “Girl Scouts” to bring more girls into clubs and provide more opportunities for them to get involved.
“Girls need to be involved in their local clubs, whether they are playing sports or participating in activities like Girl Scouts,” the organization’s executive director, Kate Miller, told HuffPost.
“We want to make sure that we are investing in these programs to keep these clubs going.”
According to the survey, the number one reason girls leave the country is that they feel they don’t fit in, with about a third of girls saying they feel lonely at their clubs.
This may have something to do with the fact that most girls say they prefer not to be on their own.
Another common reason girls say their clubs are “not for them” is that it can be tough to get into a club if you are in a certain age group.
The NACO also found that younger girls who are already in a country clubs often say they don.
The majority of women also said the clubs they attend don’t have enough of a social scene, with just under half of all women saying this.
Nearly a third (31 percent) said that they didn’t want to go to a club they said didn’t have a social aspect to it.
About 40 percent said that the club they were at was a “no-go” for them, and another 21 percent said they felt unsafe.
This is the first year that the NACA has asked for data on club membership, which would help determine whether the country-club decline is temporary or permanent.
According to Miller, she hopes the survey will help determine how the clubs can get back on track.
“The club has to do better in this area,” she said.
“It’s important for all of us to work together to make that happen.”
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