Golf participation is booming as coronavirus lingers
Golf participation is booming, and total rounds played this year in the United States are on pace to be as much as 10 percent higher than in 2019. Those extra rounds have been a boon for course operators and, in the past two months at least, equipment companies as a whole.
A substantial amount of those increased rounds has been by children. NGF research shows the number of golfers ages 6 to 17 could rise by as much as 20 percent this year, with the increases occurring since pandemic lockdowns began. Approximately 2.5 million kids teed it up in 2019, so 2020’s increases could mean half a million more juniors giving the sport a try.
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