Every January since 1986, the NGF has surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 40,000 Americans to determine the number of golf participants. This article reports on one area of interest that NGF examined for the first time this year: golf gamers.
The term “slow” in “slow play” is, of course, relative. Nobody actually plays golf slowly. The truth is that golfers all play at different speeds, resulting from a variety of factors, including physical ability, course and weather conditions, skill level and general behavior and demeanor while on the golf course.
In a recent NGF pulse-check of Core golfers, we set out to gauge perceptions of the affordability of a round and how it has changed over the past five years. Considering the fierce competition for golfers and the high perceived impact of discounting, we were surprised to hear that most survey respondents felt golf has gotten less affordable since 2007.