Golf Player Demographic Statistics

Statistic Verification
Source: National Golf Foundation, US Census Department
Date Verified: 7.31.2012
Golf is a precision club and ball sport, in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a golf course using the fewest number of strokes. While the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game. The modern game originated in Scotland, where the first written record of golf is James II’s banning of the game in 1457.
Golfer Statistics Data
A golfer is defined as anyone having played an 18-hole round in the last 12-months
Total number of golfers in the US 29,000,000
Percent of the population who play golf 9.6 %
Percent of golfers who are male 77.5 %
Percent of golfers who are female 22.5 %
Percent who are married 68 %
Percent of golfer who attended or graduated college 67 %
Percent who are employed in a white collar occupation 50 %
Percent who use the internet on a regular basis 90 %
Age Breakdown  
Under 30 5 %
30-39 12 %
40-49 22 %
50-59 24 %
60-69 18 %
70+ 19 %
Household Income / Economics  
Average household income of a golfer $95,000
Percent of golfers who have a net worth over $100,000 79 %
Percent who own securities 83 %
Percent who have life insurance 86 %
Percent who own a credit or debit card 98 %
Percent who own a home 68 %
Golfer Purchasing Plans  
Percent who plan to purchase within 12 months
Golf equipment 53 %
Automobile 47 %
Financial Planning 40 %
Computer hardware 46 %
Furniture / Home furnishings 33 %
Office equipment 48 %
Vehicle Spending  
Spent $30,000+ on last vehicle 56 %
Spent $40,000+ on last vehicle 28 %
Percent who own or lease 3+ vehicles 32 %
Dining Out  
Percent who dine out once a week or more 73 %
Percent who spend $3,000 or more annually dining out 32 %

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