The pandemic has made the American golf field lose 20 million each play just during the period of 2 months, according to the latest report of the National Golf Foundation (NGF).
NGF is a highly recognized golf specialized research organization in the US. This agency estimates the number of rounds that American golf has lost from March to April to be equivalently one billion dollars. This is also the loss of American golf revenue during the peak period of the epidemic, not including events, cuisine, and retail of specialized products.
Before the crisis, NGF recorded the number of golf rounds to undergo the double-digit growth during the first and second months of February. However, due to the negative effects of the pandemic made on the whole world and its consequences for the socio-economy in the US this ratio – in comparison to the same period in last year decreased by 9% in March, 42% in April and 16% for the whole industry.
According to NGF statistics in 2019, the US has 16,383 golf courses in total and more than 50% of them were closed in almost April. However, by the beginning of May, American golf began to prosper again, with 79% of golf rounds have been re-opened. As of June 7, this rate is 98%, 6% higher than the retail segment of golf courses.
In addition, NGF has also collected various opinions from the golf community in the current issue of playing golf in a “new normal” condition despite the fact that many places still recommend “social distance”. The results showed that more than 50% of the participants felt comfortable to maintain a distance of one meter or less with people around them.