Keeping Score

Nearly all U.S. golf courses are open, survey finds

The National Golf Foundation's latest industry sampling finds 97 percent of golf courses in America are open for business, and 81 percent of retail golf shops are operating

97: Percentage of U.S. golf courses that are open, according to the latest report from the National Golf Foundation, which tracked industry data through May 25. The percentage is virtually the same across all types of facilities: municipal, public daily fee and private. As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the U.S. in early April, only 44 percent of golf courses remained open as local and state governments forced many businesses to close in an effort to stop the virus’ transmission. The phone survey was conducted May 18-24 among 537 golf facilities and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point. In a sign of improving consumer confidence, the NGF found that 78 percent of 4,039 respondents said their personal financial outlook is “roughly the same or better” than before the pandemic, compared with 22 percent who said it was “worse” or “considerably worse.” To meet the expected consumer demand, the NGF found that 81 percent of golf retail stores are open. Less than two months ago, only 4 percent of golf retail stores were open.

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