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NGF's 2018 Annual Golf Report

2018 Golf Trends

May 17, 2018
Each year the National Golf Foundation (NGF) releases an annual report summarizing golf participation, rounds, reach and other factors. How is golf shaping up for 2018?

Here’s what we are most excited about.

  • Total reach* hit 98 million in 2017. A 3% increase from 2016. This means that about 1/3 of the U.S. population (age 6 or older) is reached by golf.
  • Close to 15 million non-golfers are very interested in playing golf.

And the next generation of golfers is coming...

    • 35% of beginner golfers are women.
    • 10,000 elementary schools have The First Tee National School Program.
    • 10,000+ high schools offer boys and girls competitive golf.
    • 42,000 boys and girls participate in the PGA Jr. League Golf.
    • 70,000 girls were introduced to the sport through the LPGA USGA Girls Golf.

What can you do as an operator to adapt to the changing golf landscape?

  • Incorporate non-traditional types of golf to attract a younger generation to your course (Frisbee Golf tournaments or footgolf).
  • Layer in more fun with companies like SWING KING that offer an on-course hole-in-one competition. 
  • Develop a social media strategy to talk to golfers off the course, and create campaigns that encourage golfers to post while playing a round on the course.
  • Form women and youth leagues to appeal to a broader audience.
  • Get involved with local high schools to help grow the game in your area.

NGF Members can download the full report at


*Reach includes traditional and non-traditional (driving ranges, TopGolf, indoor simulators) forms of golf participation, and those who don’t play but read about or watch golf.