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How many golfers are there in the world?

Everything depends on how you define a golfer, but broad estimates of 'regular' golfers (those who play at least one round on a recognised golf course per year or use a practice facility such as a driving range) put the worldwide figure at about 60 million.

A 2003 study by Sports Marketing Surveys gave a figure of 61.1 million, with the following geographical mix:

  • America: 37.1 million
  • Asia: 13.6 million
  • Europe: 6.9 million
  • Australasia: 1.7 million
  • South America: 1 million
  • Africa: 0.5 million


The most famous albatross - or 'double eagle' as it is known in the US - was undoubtedly Gene Sarazen's "shot heard around the world", at Augusta National's 485 yard par 5 15th in the final round of the Masters of 1935. Read More...

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