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2020 Golf Industry Report
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2020 Golf Participation in the US
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2020 Golf Facilities in the US

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Golf Industry Facts

24.2 Million

people played on a golf course. Roughly 8% of the U.S. Population

9.3 Million

people played exclusively off-course.

434 Million

rounds of golf played. An average of almost 18 rounds per golfer.


total golf facilities.

14.7 Million

non-golfers are very interested in playing golf. Up 15% over the past two years.

2.6 Million

people played golf for the first time in 2018. Matching 2017 as an all-time high.

107 Million

total reach (played, watched or read about golf). Nearly a third of the U.S. population.

$3.9 Billion

in annual fundraising through local, regional and national charitable events.

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June 2020 National Rounds Played

  Rounds-played increased 13.9% nationally in June, a continuation of the recent surge in golf participation amid the coronavirus pandemic. This rise translates to approximately 7 million or 8 million…

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Golfers and Physical Distancing

Safe physical distancing is back on the upswing for golfers in July. In late April, 70% of golfers said they wanted at least six feet of separation between them and…

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Studying Golf Consumers: July 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases have increased nationwide, core golfers have expressed a heightened anxiety regarding the pandemic. Compared to mid-June, those who say they are extremely concerned —…

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Can Summer Surge Offset 20 Million Lost Spring Rounds?

The 6% year-over-year uptick in May play — about 2.4 million more rounds than in May of 2019 — has improved the industry’s long-term prospects of recovering from the approximately…

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NGF New Members – June 2020

The NGF extends a warm welcome to the newest members of its community, a diverse group that spans all sectors of the golf industry. These businesses share our common vision…

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Golf Course Turns Park, (Ball)park Turns Course Amid Pandemic

Every Tuesday until mid-August, the golf course in Atlanta’s largest park becomes public greenspace, with golfers giving way to walkers, bicyclists, picnickers, dogs and backyard games. The two-month “test” period…

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June Shows Momentum in Key Golf Markets

Anecdotal reports and initial data regarding June play continue to be very positive. In talking with operators, engagement has been strong — full tee sheets, lapsed golfers making their return,…

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What Golf Operators Are Saying About June ‘Surge’

The early returns for golf’s post-crackdown are in, with rounds up more than 6% nationally in May — the equivalent of roughly 2.4 million more rounds than in May of…

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Breaking News on Golf and the Coronavirus

Given its outdoor and wide-open nature that’s conducive to social distancing practices, golf has shown it can offer valuable physical and mental respite during an unprecedented crisis to participants of…

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May 2020 National Rounds Played

  Rounds-played were up 6.2% nationally in May, with more than 90% of golf courses having reopened by the second week of the month. The rebound in May comes after…

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