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Facilities, golfers, Participation, Rounds Played,

2022 Rounds Trend

The accompanying graphic plots 2022 rounds both against last year (2021 set an all-time record for the highest volume of play in U.S. history) as well as against the three-year, pre-pandemic average from 2017-19. While April play lagged somewhat, in part attributable to less favorable golf weather, and total year-to-date rounds are trailing 2021, the trajectory of play overall for the year is ahead of the average pace of the three years prior to the onset of the coronavirus.

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Engagement, Facilities, Golf Courses, Participation, Rounds Played,

Annual Distribution of Rounds Played

There's almost as much golf played in the U.S. during one four-month stretch -- the summer months of May through August -- as the rest of the year combined. Seasonality and weather obviously has a significant impact on golf, which is the nation's No. 1 pay-t0-play outdoor sport. While many states in the Sun Belt have a year-round golf season, many in the Frost Belt are fully or partially limited over the first four months of the year.

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Development, Facility operations, Golf Courses, Investment, Research,

Golf Course Improvement & Investment

  The bulk of investment in golf comes not from new courses and construction, rather money being pumped into improving existing facilities. Over the past five years alone, well over $4 billion has been invested in the game's most important product: the more than 16,000 golf courses nationwide. This annualized spend, on the golf course alone, breaks out to over $860 million per year. Some outsized (and expensive) renovation projects are countered by those facilities that undertake very minor work or, in the minority, no improvements at all.

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Destinations, Facilities, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts, golfers, Research, Resort Golf, Travel,

Golfers Within 500 Miles of Top Destinations

It's probably not too surprising that the U.S. golf destination with the highest concentration of golfers (and population) within a 500-mile radius is almost smack dab in the middle of the Eastern seaboard: Pinehurst Golf Resort in North Carolina. Almost one-third of the nation's 25.1 million golfers fall within this area, meaning a relatively short flight to travel to "The Cradle of American Golf." Here's how some other top golf destinations compare in terms of the total number of golfers within that 500-mile radius.

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Destinations, Facilities, Facility Supply, Golf Courses, Golf Resorts, Resort Golf, Travel,

Most Golf Resorts by State

There are more than 1,110 golf resort facilities in the U.S., two-thirds of which are standalone properties without a real estate component. Rhode Island is the only state without a golf resort open to traveling golfers, while all-season states like California and Florida each have more than 100 in total. The accompanying graphic shows the states that rank in the Top 10 in total resort supply, which also generally tracks with overall golf supply.

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The accompanying graphic plots 2022 rounds both against last year (2021 set an all-time record for the highest volume of play in U.S. history) as well as against the three-year, pre-pandemic average from 2017-19. While April play lagged somewhat, in part attributable to less favorable golf weather, and total year-to-date rounds are trailing 2021, the trajectory of play overall for the year is ahead of the average pace of the three years prior to the onset of the coronavirus.

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