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2020 Industry Facts

24.8 Millon

people played on a golf course in 2020 (roughly 8% of the U.S. population age 6+)

12.1 Million

people only played golf off-course in 2020. (Golf entertainment, simulators, ranges)

501.8 Million

rounds of golf played in the U.S. in 2020, an uptick of more than 60M rounds from 2019.


golf courses at 14,145 total facilities (locations) in the U.S. at the end of 2020.

17 Million

non-golfers (age 6+) very interested in playing golf now - up 10% over 2019.

3 Million

people played golf for the very first time in 2020, a record number of beginners.

101 Million

Golf's total reach (including people who played, watched or read about golf in 2020) - 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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