FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For many years, golf was considered a hobby for older individuals. There was less interest in picking up the sport among younger generations. That all changed when Tiger Woods took the golfing world by storm in the late 1990s to early 2000s.
According to the National Golf Federation, 4.8 million Americans took up the game from 1999 to 2000. However, the numbers have been on the decline until the pandemic hit. Over the past two years, the number of beginning golfers has been even higher than when Woods was at his best. 3 million golfers picked up the game in 2020 and 3.2 million new golfers hit the links in 2021. New players are also averaging 12 total rounds played per year.