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The ‘Q’uestion
April 2018

by Erik Matuszewski

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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Erik Matuszewski

Erik is the Editorial Director for the NGF. Before joining the National Golf Foundation, he spent more than two decades with Bloomberg News, both as a writer and editor, with a focus on sports business and the golf industry. The New Jersey resident has also written about golf for outlets that include Forbes, LINKS and the Met Golfer.