The golf industry is changing every year. Critics say the sport’s popularity is waning, that it’s too hard to get into and moves too slowly for our fast-paced society, but the data paints a different picture. Youth participation is up, and some studies find more people than ever are spending time at the driving range and participating in golfing activities. Learn the latest trends, shifts and predictions about golf.
Shorter Golf Courses Gain Popularity
People will probably always complain golf takes too long, but some games don’t take as long as they used to. Architects are designing with fewer holes, from family-friendly short courses to 12- hole executive courses. France is planning dozens of facilities they’re calling urban compact courses for the 2018 Ryder Cup, many of which have only nine holes.