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NGF Research Snapshot: Golf in the Sun Belt

by National Golf Foundation

February 2020

A map of golf facilities (designated by black dots) around the U.S., which is broken down into North and South geographies. Yellow represents the Sun Belt region of the country. (Right click to enlarge image)


The Sun Belt region of the U.S. is largely defined by geographies south of the 36th parallel. Stretching from Florida to California, it encompasses environments from sub-tropical to desert.

The Sun Belt region also accounts for about one-third of golf facilities and 40% of total rounds given the warmer climate and the fact that most facilities in the region are open for play year-round.


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