Open Space >> By the Numbers
15,500: The approximate number of all golf facilities (public and private) in the United States.
11,581: The number of public golf facilities in the U.S.
2,449: The number of public golf facilities that are municipal.
9: The number of golfers, out of every 10, who play at public golf facilities.
40,000: The approximate rounds of golf played per 18 holes in 1990.
33,000: The approximate rounds of golf played per 18 holes in 2010.
24: The percentage increase of golf facilities since 1990
17: the percentage increase of U.S. golfers since 1990.
26: the percentage decrease in rounds played of “value courses”—courses with peak season green/cart fees under $40—since 1987. (The decrease in value course rounds represents the steepest decline in the industry.)
5 to 10: The percentage of public golf courses in the United States expected to close within the next decade.
90: The percentage of golfers playing eight or more rounds a year who describe themselves as “passionate” about golf.
4,000: The number of golfers that should live within a 10-mile radius of a course, according to NGF, in order to increase the likelihood of its success.