The Official Report on the State of the Game
2020 Golf Industry Report
Quantifying Consumer-
Engagement with the Game
Understanding the world’s
best-supplied golf market

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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.

Golf by State

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NGF New Members of the Month

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