Golf participation England 2016-2019

The number of people playing golf in England holds rather steady, standing at 979,500 adults who play as regular as twice per month. As for the share of children playing golf, there is a little bit more of a decline, especially in 2017/18, where 4.2 percent of 5-10 year old and 3.6 percent of 11-15 year old kids play on a monthly basis, which are the lowest proportions in the past eight years.

Golf courses

England provides the biggest share out of all the golf courses in Europe. Out of 6,861 golf courses in Europe in 2017, England hosted a total of 1,872. Taking a look at other countries, Germany had the second most with 731, followed by France, Scotland and Sweden.

Registered golf players

In England 84 percent of registered golf players are adult male, 13 percent adult female and 3 percent are registered as juniors. Scotland and Wales show almost the same picture with 79 and 80 percent of registered players being adult males. The total number of registered golf players in England stands at 655,839 as of 2017.

Number of people participating in golf in England from 2016 to 2019

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

November 2016 to May 2019

Number of respondents

177,876 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

base varies

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Participation at least twice in the last 28 days. Any intensity, any duration.

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