Snapshot of Women Golfers
Who Are They?
compiled by Nancy Berkley
(source: NGF/Golf 20/20 Segmentation Study in 2001. The 2001 study is the most complete information available about women golfers. It is unlikely that the numbers are changing rapidly. New studies are expected form the NGF in 2005, and this website will be revised accordingly.)
•About 6% of the total number of women 18 and older (110 million) in the U.S. are golfers. The potential market is huge.
•An additional 2 million women use alternative facilities such as par-3 courses and practice ranges.
•About half of ALL women golfers play less than six rounds per year.
•The average number of rounds per year by women golfers is about 18. Avid women players who play 60 rounds/year skew the average to the high end.
•52% of former women golfers quit because they didn’t have time.
•38% of former women golfers quit because of family obligations.
•25% of former women golfers had trouble finding someone to play with.
•47% of women golfers were introduced to golf by a family member (compared to 22% for men).
•23% of women golfers were introduced to golf by a friend (compared to 31% for men).
•The average score of women golfers is 108, compared to 96 for men.
• 35% of Occasional women golfers score over 120.
• 19% of Core women golfers score over 120.
• 9% of Avid women golfers score over 120.
•56% of women golfers work full-time.
• 16% of women golfers work part-time.
• 28% of women golfers have kids at home.
•Women golfers come to golf older than men and stay longer.
• The average age of women golfers is 45. (The average age of men is 44.)
• The median age of OCCASIONAL women golfers is 40
• The median age of CORE women golfers is 47
•The median age of AVID women golfers is 56.
• 37% of women golfers are fifty or older, compared to 32% for men.
•In July 2003, over 15,000 girls participated in the fourth annual NGCOA Take Your Daughter to the Course Week. In 2004, participation was significantly higher!
• In 2002, 36% (37,000 girls and young women) of the total 103,000 participants in The First Tee programs were female. In The First Tee Northeast Region, 47% were female.
(above website data updated as of 4/2005)
For more information about any of The Numbers!, contact Nancy using the FREE HELP LINE tab. The charts below will be revised to reflect recently released (6/2/05) information from the National Golf Foundation.