Where Does Golf Currently Stand in Europe?

Where Does Golf Currently Stand in Europe?

Feb 19, 2019

I was fiddling on my phone, about to use my Bitstarz bonus code, when I saw golf on TV and that got me thinking. As the 20s are upon us, maybe it is time to take a step back and review the golf activities and events in Europe. Is golf getting more popular, or not? Are there new stars on the rise? Is it played more by men or women? What other surprises does this sport have in store for us? We will analyze the statistics, including the information made public by KPMG, particularly their Global Head of Sports, Andrea Sartori.


In 2016, two-thirds of all golfers were adult men. Female golfers make up for 25% of the golfing population, while there is just 8% of junior golfers. Bear in mind that we are talking about registered players and not hobbyists.

Most registered golfers can be found in England (694,623), with Germany following close behind (643,158). Sweden is in the third position with 463,952 golfers registered in 2016. The countries with the least golfers are Albania and Georgia with 64 and 50 golfers respectively.

In most countries, males dominate the numbers. However, there are a few interesting exceptions to the rule. In Slovakia, there are more female than male golfers, whereas in Turkey there are slightly more juniors than adult males interested in the sport.


It may be, though, that businesses have overshot their future prospects. The thing is that there are far more golf courses in the world than needed, and some of them don’t have a sustainable business plan. With that in mind, it is no surprise that you will hear people complain that golf is declining in popularity.

That being said, there are more alternative golf courses, designed to help your game, that have been generating more revenue and seeing more players.

Is Golf Dying?

To put it bluntly – no.  Golf is alive and well and will likely continue to be one of the top sports in the world for years to come. It may seem that people are becoming less interested in certain places, but on a global scale, golf has seen an increase in revenue, diversity, and facilities. However, we are here to talk about Europe. Since 2016, which was a very good year for golf, there has been a slight decline in the number of participants, which is approximately 1%. The same percentage applies to the number of courses that have been closed. 39% of countries in Europe have been developing their golf industry and 37% keep it stable. Less than a quarter of the countries see a decline in this fine sport.