Are you curious about how golf has developed over the past 20 years? Then look no further.

We have collected and analyzed the relevant statistics below.

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Top Golf Statistics

1. About 108 million Americans over the age of 6 played golf, watched golf, or read about golf in 2019—that's one in three Americans. (NGF)

2. In 2019, approximately 34.2 million Americans over the age of 6 played golf at golf courses and elsewhere. (NGF)

3. 24.3 million of those Americans played golf on golf courses and 9.9 million took part in off-course golf activities. (NGF)

4. The number of golfers age 65 and older was 5.3 million in 2019. (NGF)

5. The golf industry was valued at $84 billion in 2019. (Forbes)

Golf Course Statistics

6. The number of golf courses in the United States grew by 44% between 1986 and 2006, but has since shrunk by 10%. (NGF)

7. At the end of 2019, there were more than 16,300 golf courses in the US across 14,300 clubs. (NGF)

8. In the US, 75% of golf courses are open to the public. (NGF)

9. Since 2006, about $3.75 billion has been spent on golf course renovations. (NGF)

10. There are approximately 38,864 golf courses in the world. (Golf Monthly)

11. Countries with the most golf courses (Golf Monthly):

Countries with the most golf courses

12. US states with the highest number of golf courses (Travel Magazine):

US states with the highest number of golf courses

13. There are golf courses in 85% of countries. (Forbes)

14. Largest golf companies by number of courses (Statista):

Largest golf companies by number of courses

15. Number of golf courses in Europe (Statista):

Number of golf courses in Europe

Golf Industry Statistics

16. The value of the golf industry was estimated at $84 billion in 2019. (Forbes)

17. The growth rate of the golf industry is estimated to be 2.5% per year from 2020 to 2027. (Grand View Research)

18. Earnings of golf courses and country clubs in the US from 2012 to 2024 (Statista):

Earnings of golf courses and country clubs in the US from 2012 to 2024

19. Wholesale sales of golf equipment in the US from 2007 to 2019 (Statista):

Wholesale sales of golf equipment in the US from 2007 to 2019

Golf Players Statistics

20. Roughly 108 million Americans over the age of 6, or one in three Americans, played or followed golf in 2019. (NGF)

21. 15.7 million Americans did not play golf in 2019 but were "very interested" in playing. (NGF)

22. In 2019, nearly 35 million Americans said they were "somewhat interested" in playing golf. (NGF)

23. Number of Americans interested in golf in 2018 (Statista):

Number of Americans interested in golf in 2018

24. Number of golfers in the United States from 2006-2019 (Statista):

Number of golfers in the United States from 2006-2019

25. There are about 2 million new active golfers in the US every year. (Statista)

26. About 77% of active American golfers are male. (CreditDonkey)

27. In 2019, about 5.6 million golfers were female, accounting for about 23% of total active golfers. (NGF)

28. 2.5 million Americans played golf on a course for the first time in 2019. (NGF)

29. Ages of golfers in the US (Statista):

Ages of golfers in the US

30. Most golfers are 18-34 years old. (NGF)

31. 6.1 million Americans aged 18-34 play golf on courses. (NGF)

32. 2.5 million juniors played golf in the US in 2019. (NGF)

33. Number of high school golf players in the US (Statista):

High school golfers by gender

34. 36% of US Juniors are girls. (NGF)

35. In total, about 441 million rounds of golf were played in 2019. (NGF)

36. In 2019, golfers played approximately 18.2 rounds each. (NGF)

37. Golfers aged 65 and over played 36 rounds each on average. (NGF)

Professional Golfers Statistics

38. Tiger Woods's earnings over his professional career (Statista):

Career earnings of golf player Tiger Woods from 1996 to 2016

39. Highest-earning professional golfers in 2020 (Statista):

Highest-earning professional golfers in 2020

Conclusion

By studying such statistics, we can conclude that golf still plays a large role in America and around the world.

Over the past 10 years, there has been a trend—women are becoming more interested in golf. Perhaps this is a sign that it is worth reconsidering the stereotypical idea that golf is a gentleman's sport.