While some statistics counsel golf may be on the decline, caretakers of the sport say the actuality is additional troublesome. Here are figures supplied by the National Golf Foundation, which is the golf enterprise’s main evaluation and consulting group, and the Colorado Golf Association:
- Golf participation in the U.S. peaked in 2005 at about 30 million golfers, in preserving with the NGF, at a time when Tiger Woods was at the peak of his recognition. That amount dropped to about 24 million nevertheless has held common at that stage for the earlier 5 years.
- Before that, there was a improve in golf course constructing, largely pushed by precise property housing developments, which NGF officers say resulted in an “oversupply.” In the earlier 20 years, 4,567 packages had been constructed in the U.S., rising the amount of packages by 44 p.c. Since then, about 500 new packages have been added, nevertheless there was a web decline of 1,230 consequently of of course closures. Golf enterprise officers ponder this a “market correction” consequently of of the earlier improve in golf precise property developments, considerably than a sign of golf’s declining recognition.
- Reflecting the improve in course constructing nationally, Colorado observed an enormous upswing in the 1990s (52 new packages) and the 2000s (46), in preserving with CGA figures. Since 2000, 9 Colorado packages have closed. The state has 246 in operation.
- The extreme degree for public rounds carried out in metro Denver occurred in 2002 (1,917,337), in preserving with the CGA, and that amount dropped to 1,766,951 in 2003. From 2013-17 (the closing yr for which numbers might be discovered), the amount of metro Denver public rounds has held common, averaging 1,721,179.