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 StatisticsData
A golfer is defined as anyone having played an 18-hole round in the last 12-months
Total number of golfers in the US29,000,000
Percent of the population who play golf9.6 %
Percent of golfers who are male77.5 %
Percent of golfers who are female22.5 %
Percent who are married68 %
Percent of golfer who attended or graduated college67 %
Percent who are employed in a white collar occupation50 %
Percent who use the internet on a regular basis90 %
Age Breakdown 
Under 305 %
30-3912 %
40-4922 %
50-5924 %
60-6918 %
70+19 %
Household Income / Economics 
Average household income of a golfer$95,000
Percent of golfers who have a net worth over $100,00079 %
Percent who own securities83 %
Percent who have life insurance86 %
Percent who own a credit or debit card98 %
Percent who own a home68 %
Golfer Purchasing Plans 
Percent who plan to purchase within 12 months
Golf equipment53 %
Automobile47 %
Financial Planning40 %
Computer hardware46 %
Furniture / Home furnishings33 %
Office equipment48 %
Vehicle Spending 
Spent $30,000+ on last vehicle56 %
Spent $40,000+ on last vehicle28 %
Percent who own or lease 3+ vehicles32 %
Dining Out 
Percent who dine out once a week or more73 %
Percent who spend $3,000 or more annually dining out32 %
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