originated in Scotland and was introduced to America in
Charleston, South Carolina, in the mid-18th century
by Scottish traders.
are about 40 million American golfers (defined as anyone
age 5 and above who either played a round of golf or visited
a golf practice facility).
are more than 15,800 golf facilities in the nation.
say that about 70% of putts are made from 7 feet or shorter
and that about 62% of an average round of golf takes place
on the putting green.
spend about $25 billion a year on golf equipment and fees,
almost $20 billion a year on public and private course fees
and dues, and over $26 billion a year on golf travel
the U.S., an average round of golf at a daily fee course
on the weekend is $40.
average 18-hole daily fee golf course records 30,000 rounds
per year and employs 13 full-time people.
there are roughly 60 million golfers in the world and about
30,000 golf courses.
Buick Scramble is the world's largest golf tournament with
more than 100,000 participants. The Ryder Cup, played every
two years between a team of American players and a team
of European players, is the most prestigious team golf event
in the world.
countries claimed to have originated the game of golf, but
Scotland is the choice "home of golf." Golf was
introduced to America in Charleston, South Carolina, in
the mid-18th century by Scottish traders.
1998, a National Golf Foundation report projected that between
32-34 million golfers will play 730-780 million rounds by
the year 2010.
to the NGF, golf is one of the few sports that players spend
more money on as they age; more than 50% of new golfers
PGA (Professional Golf Association) of America was founded
in 1916, in New York with 35 members. Until 1928, a membership
cost $5 when it was increased to $10. Today, the PGA conducts
four premier golf events: the Ryder Cup Matches, the PGA
Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and the PGA Grand
Slam of Golf; and is the largest working sports organization
in the world with over 27,000 members.
1922, the maximum price charged by manufacturers for a PGA
line of irons was $3.00.
4 million, or 15%, of all golfers are permanent residents
of a golf course community.
1996, the African-American golfer population has increased
about 30%, and more than 100% since 1991.
China has more than 50 golf courses with 100 under construction.
Spring City Golf & Lake Resort, designed by Jack Nicklaus,
will soon feature the first Club Med in China.
under floodlights at night is becoming popular in Malaysia,
as it can get excruciatingly hot during the day.
are more golf courses in Japan than any other nation except
the U.S. Golf Club Memberships in Japan are bought and sold
like stocks. At one time, Kogenei Country Club sold memberships
for $3.2 million!
oldest golf club outside the British Isles is "Royal
Calcutta" in India with a history dating back to 1829.
a fifth of the world's inhabitants the cost of a day's round
of golf at Pebble Beach would be enough money to live on
for a year.
& figures taken from Planet Golf, Golf Digest,
the National Golf Foundation.