Why Aren’t As Many People Playing Golf?

Sitting around a backyard fire pit on Tuesday night with a group of friends we started talking about why so many golf courses are losing money.  Why are fewer people playing golf? Lots of ideas were tossed around……

Dave and me with our golfing partners on a course in Thailand

Dave and me with our golfing partners on a course in Thailand

In most young families both parents have full-time jobs and need to share responsibility for children equally, so neither parent has hours of spare time to devote to golf.  

Golf is expensive. The decline of the middle class means there aren’t as many people who can afford to golf.

Golf takes four hours and often more to play.  The game is too long and takes up too much of a person’s day.

Dave and me on one of our favorite courses in Gold Canyon Arizona

On one of our favorite courses in Gold Canyon Arizona

There’s a glut of golf courses.  Too many new ones have been built.

It’s not as easy as it once was, to deduct games of golf as a legitimate business expense for tax purposes, so golf courses are being used less often as a venue for courting clients or making deals.

Dave on a golf course in Borneo

Dave on a golf course in Borneo

Our fire pit discussion really got me thinking so I went looking on the internet to find other reasons why golf might be on the decline and came across a bunch of ideas……..

On a golf course in Hong Kong

On a golf course in Hong Kong

Golf courses have become more difficult to play. They are often designed by professional players and so the average golfer finds them too challenging.

Alternate games like disc golf and miniature golf are gaining in popularity.

There are not enough current super stars the likes of Tiger Woods or Arnold Palmer to draw attention to the game.

Dave with a golfing partner in New Zealand

Dave with a golfing partner in New Zealand

It’s too traditional a game. Other sports have embraced technology and innovation but golf hasn’t changed with the times.

There are too many options for kids to try in sports so fewer are choosing golf.

golf course australia

Dave outside a course we played in Australia.

The game hasn’t been welcoming enough in the past to people of all genders, ages, racial and socio-economic groups.

With our friends Rudy and Sue on a course in Arizona

With our friends Rudy and Sue on a course in Arizona

In some places water needs to be conserved and golf courses require plenty of water to be maintained

You need  expensive equipment to play golf.

On a course in Mexico

On a course in Mexico

The calm pace of a golf round isn’t compatible with the more hectic pace of modern life.

Dave golfing with his friend Jon on Hainan Island

Dave golfing with his friend Jon on Hainan Island

I am not nearly as committed to golf as my husband who likes to get in three games a week in summer. But I really do enjoy a round of golf in the beautiful outdoors with friends or family. 

With my golf caddy in Bali

With my golf caddy in Bali

So I do have an interest in whether the game of golf makes a comeback.  Do you think it will? 

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A Prayer for a Golf Tournament

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One response to “Why Aren’t As Many People Playing Golf?

  1. Nice photos. I used to golf. Enjoyed it very much, but I’m not planning to return to it.

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