The Official Report on the State of the Game
2020 Golf Industry Report
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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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April 2020 National Rounds Played

  With more than half of U.S. golf courses shut down for most of April, national rounds played were down 42% during the month compared to a year ago. On…

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Golfers and Social Distancing

Golf is a sport that by its nature is conducive to social distancing. However, as many Americans have begun to flout distancing guidelines, golfers are indicating an increased willingness to…

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Studying Golf Consumers: COVID-19

As of late May, the NGF’s ongoing consumer research indicates that the personal financial outlooks for golfers continue to improve, although spending habits remain largely unchanged amid the ongoing COVID-19…

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With 97% of Courses Open, What Remains Closed?

With 97% of golf courses now open for play, the natural follow-up question is: Who’s not? There are some noteworthy closures in major metropolitan areas, such as all 13 golf…

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Tracking Government Orders and Golf Course Status

When statewide stay-at-home orders rolled out the third week of March in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, golf course operations were affected nationwide. At one point…

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The Story Behind ‘The Photo’

Mike Erhmann is a golf nut. “I’m obsessed with it,” he says of the game, which he first played as a kid and then, like many others, gave up for…

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95% of U.S. Golf Courses Are Open

  The NGF’s latest nationwide survey of U.S. golf facilities shows that 95% were open to play as of the week ending May 17, just a month after half the…

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Golf Is Open in All 50 States, But It’s Not Business as Usual

Golf courses are allowed to be open in all 50 states, but that doesn’t mean it’s back to “business as usual.” Operational rules and safety protocols vary from state to…

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NGF New Members of the Month

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 facilities and businesses share our…

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‘No Snot Rockets’ Aside, Here’s What Seminole and Medalist Have In Common With an Alaskan 9-Holer

Golf exists in many ways and many places. One extreme is on display the next several weekends in sunny Southern Florida, where live competitive golf is back on TV for…

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