How many golfers are in Europe? Golf in Europe – Number of Registered Players, All Golfers, and Popularity of Golf

How many golfers are in Europe?

Golf in Europe – Number of registered players, all golfers, and popularity of golf

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How many registered golfers are in Europe? 

According to the European Golf Association, the 2021 European Golf Participation Report showed an encouraging increase in the number of registered players across the continent. 35 of the EGA’s 49 members saw growth in participation despite the pandemic. There are 4.32 million golfers registered with the EGA’s 49 Member Federations.

I will also share some studies and facts about unregistered golfers and what is the current trend of golf’s popularity during the pandemic and post-pandemic period.

Which of the European countries currently has the most registered players?

Which of European countries currently has the most registered golf players. Source EGA
Which of European countries currently has the most registered golf players. Source EGA

How many registered golfers are in Top 5 European countries?

Top 5 European countries with the most registered golfers are: England (692,500), Germany (651,417), Sweden (538,962), the Netherlands (407,302) and France (402,991). These are the total numbers of golfers in each country, but also read which countries in Europe have the most golfing popularity compared to the number of people living there?

Read in European Golf Association article How many people play golf in Europe? with details on every country.

What is the total number of golfers in Europe?

Lassi Pensikkala: “The above numbers and statistics refer to the golfers registered in the national golf federations, which in turn are members of the EGA. The total number of golfers in Europe is likely to be much higher.”

In fact, in a recent report published by The R&A and the European Golf Association (EGA), it states that there are now over 10.6 million people enjoying golf in Europe, a healthy increase from the 7.9 million last monitored in 2016 published in Golf Monthly.

The magazine goes on to report that the breakdown of the overall golf community in Europe also shows that there are more independent golfers (59%) than golfers who are registered as members of their national federation (41%).

Has golf gotten more popular?

Phil Anderton, Chief Development Officer at The R&A, said, “An overall rise in golf participation is always encouraging and with over 10.6 million golfers now enjoying the sport on full-length courses across Europe, it is clear to see that a wide range of initiatives are having a positive impact and that golfers are enjoying the healthy benefits the sport provides.”

Golf has actually gained many players in recent years. An important factor is that golf has been able to be played safely during the Covid-19 pandemic to benefit golfers’ mental and physical health.

Additionally, people simply have more time for golf because they haven’t been able to practice other sports during the pandemic and have chosen golf as their new favorite sport.

The second edition of the European Golf Participation Report paints a promising picture of the state of golf in Europe. The report, published by The R&A and the European Golf Association (EGA) using research conducted by Sports Marketing Surveys, showsOther key findings include:

  • England (up by 63,500) and Sweden (up by 54,589) saw the greatest growth in registered golfers
  • Iceland (17.7%), Scotland (10.9%), England (8%) and Ireland (7.8%) have the highest proportion of total golfers compared to their populations
  • Women golfers across Europe increased by 13,000 to just over 1 million
  • Germany (221,865), Sweden (129,949) and the Netherlands (125,537) are the top three markets for the number of registered women golfers
  • Junior golfers across Europe increased by over 43,000 to more than 350,000
  • Sweden (61,839), England (45,304) and Germany (41,212) are the top three markets for the number of registered junior golfers

Is golf also becoming more popular in the USA?

The trend in golf popularity in the US is similar to that in Europe, albeit at a more moderate percentage. CNBC writes in a very interesting article that golf has surged in popularity in almost every way in 2020 as people sought socially distanced outdoor activities during the pandemic. Below are some key points on CNBC, and you can read the full article here: Golf’s growth in popularity is much bigger than a pandemic story.

KEY POINTS

  • The biggest round of golf to be played this weekend will be at the Ryder Cup, but rounds played are up across the country since the pandemic began.
  • More than 24.8 million people played golf in the U.S. in 2020, up more than 2% year-over-year and the largest net increase in 17 years.
  • Golf equipment and apparel has seen massive growth, with golf brands like Callaway and Titleist notching record sales.
  • Golf is also moving beyond the typical 18-hole course, and more consumers are playing the sport at entertainment venues like TopGolf or on virtual simulators.

Source: CNBC – Golf’s growth in popularity is much bigger than a pandemic story


Lassi Pensikkala, golf insider, and the avid golfer has studied Economics, Psychology, and Sociology at the University of Hamburg, graduated with a Master of Science in Economics MSc(Econ). He is multilingual, speaking English, Spanish, German, Swedish, and Finnish, and is the founder of AmerExperience.com. He selects for you interesting, relevant, and valuable golf related articles to read from the international and trusted press. His focus is on The latest headlines, Women’s golf, and The best golf lessons. As content curator his job is to collect important data with high-value, and with human touch for my readers, and to bring it all to one place.” “I keep my readers up to date with news that interests them and is important to them. This article How many golfers are in Europe? Golf in Europe – Number of Registered Players | European Golf Association, and further studies about golf’s popularity is worth reading – I recommend it to you.”

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