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Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf

The ‘Q’uestion
April 2018

by National Golf Foundation

April 2018

The golf season is starting to kick into full swing in most regions of the country, despite the occasional fits and starts in some colder climates.

Hardcore golfers might not have ever put their clubs away, while others are getting theirs out of storage.

So, what percentage of occasional golfers has their own set of golf clubs?


Golf bags assembled for the first tee times of the day at Forest Dunes in Michigan.


Recent NGF research shows that approximately 88% of occasional golfers – both adults and children who play between 1 and 7 rounds a year – have their own golf clubs.

For the occasional round, the other 12% of this group typically either rents clubs or borrows a set from family members, friends or colleagues.


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National Golf Foundation

The NGF is widely regarded as the foremost authority in the golf business for data, research and consulting. The foundation serves members across every sector in the golf industry, with an expertise that includes market intelligence in golf participation, consumer behavior, course operations, facility development, travel, retail, consumer confidence and more.