Report shows significant growth in simulator golf, increase in total rounds played and beginner golfers

The Bunker at Urban Golf Smithfield

A new report from the National Golf Foundation shows an increase in the number of rounds played in the US and a significant increase in golfers engaging in the sport in “off course” endeavours.

The Golf Participation Report showed those aged 6 and over playing at least one round of golf in 2018 increased from 23.8 million to 24.2 million.

Interestingly (particularly for us) golfers using indoor simulators, Top Golf-style ranges or other golf-related entertainment venues, increased to 23 million, 10% more so than in 2017.

There is also a sharp rise in “beginner golfers” to 2.6 million, and also those at retirement age.

Participation among younger golfers – those between 18-34 – stayed at 6.1 million, but they were heavily engaged in ‘off course’ activities, making up 44% of that industry.

Junior golf slipped to 2.5 million, but the number of girls engaged rose from 15% to around one third.

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