Named a Golf Digest "Best Places to Play"


Named a Golf Digest "Best Places to Play"


Learn a little more about the game through some numbers, including average age of players, scoring averages and more. Discover who the average golfer in the U.S. is.

The numbers

Nearly 30 million people play golf, and 77 percent of those people are male. That’s nearly 10 percent of the population of the U.S. which is a pretty large number all things considered.

A standard drive for a tour pro is 291 yards, while the average golfer comes in at 235 yards.

The average age of a golfer in the U.S. is 54, so one would think that golf tends to draw an older crowd. In recent years the popularity of golf among younger people has grown, but the majority of players are still of an older age. Younger players are slowly starting to grow within the sport, but they have yet to overtake the older demographic.

For most golfers, their favorite golf major to watch on television is the Masters, with the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship following in popularity.

Cutting loose

A surprising statistic is that nearly 67 percent of people do not drink while they play golf. 22 percent of people enjoy a modest 1-2 drinks while playing golf. Having a beer or two while playing a game of golf can help relax you and your game.

Some golfers are most content when they’re enjoying a round with a buddy or shooting a career low score. A majority of golfers are the happiest on the course when they feel that they’re hitting well, despite whatever they’re scoring well or not. It’s about the love of the game, not the score, and how good they feel when they’re playing. Truly enjoying the game for what it is, is the healthiest way to play.

Most players aren’t pros, they’re individuals enjoying the sport, whether they’re playing with a group of friends, co-workers or family members. Golf isn’t a competition for most players, it’s a chance to get out and enjoy a game, work on your technique and enjoy some company.

Take Away

These numbers represent an older male demographic, but the sport is changing. The number of younger players and female players is on the rise. And the way the sport is played is changing. 90 percent of golfers use the internet and feel that modern equipment is helping them to improve their game. Whether you fit into these demographics, or not golf is still a great sport to get into. So give it a try and help change the numbers in your favor.


Source: River’s Edge Golf Blog