Golf may have a reputation as a sport for older Americans, but the numbers tell a different story. According to a 2013 National Golf Foundation Survey, the demographics of golf break down as follows: 11% of golfers are members of the Silent Generation (born before 1946), 27% of golfers are Boomers (born 1946-1964), 27% of golfers are members of Generation X (born 1965-1979), 29% of golfers are members of Generation Y (1980-1999) and 6% of golfers are members of Generation Z (born after 1999).
What Golfers Spend
To get a sense of what a golf trip costs, take the readership of Links Magazine, a golf publication, as an example. According to a 2015 Links report, Links readers have an average annual spending on golf travel of $3,965, out of a total spending on all travel of $10,560. 52% of the Links readers surveyed said they planned to take between 4 and 9 golf trips in the next three years.
For the sake of comparison, consider the results of a Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey on U.S. travel spending between 2005 and 2011. For consumers who reported having spent money on travel, expenditures on travel for pleasure averaged $4,700 in 2011. Many Americans do not travel at all.
Total Number Of Golfers In The United States
Percent Of The U.S. Population Who Play Golf
Percent Of Golfers Who Are Married
Percentage Of Golfers That Are Male
Percentage Of Golfers That Are Female
Percent Who Use The Internet Regularly
Employed In A White Collar Occupation
Have Attended Or Graduated College