Golf - Statistics & Facts

Since its emergence as a major spectator sports in the 1920s, golf has grown to become not only a popular recreational activity but also a sport with a major economic impact.

In 2017, total golf equipment wholesale sales in the U.S. including golf clubs and balls amounted to more than two billion U.S. dollars. The leading golf equipment/apparel companies in the world include Acushnet, Callaway Golf, as well as NIKE golf. In 2017, worldwide revenue of Callaway Golf amounted to over one billion U.S. dollars. The Royal Troon Golf Club in Glasgow, Scotland is the leading golf course management company and currently owns 270 golf courses worldwide. Revenue from golf course and country clubs is projected to reach approximately 23.3 billion U.S. dollars in the United States by 2020.

As of 2017, the number of golf participants in the U.S. stood at approximately 23.83 million. Around 8.8 million of these participants are said to be avid golfers. Americans aged 30-49 years are the most likely age group to play golf as about 20 percent said on a Statista survey that they play golf.

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