# How many rounds of golf does the average golfer play?

I'm looking for statistics that give me a sense of how many rounds of golf the average golfer plays, but am unable to find this so I'm wondering if any golfers here can anecdotally give me a sense of this number.

I did find this great infographic describing golfer demographic info, which definitely paints a great picture of the average golfer, but fails to mention how many rounds of golf the average golfer plays. http://www.golf.com/special-features/2009-survey-american-golfer

How many rounds of golf does the average golfer play?

• The article you reference states: "The average American golfer... • Is 46 years old • Practices one hour and 11 minutes per week • Has an average household income of \$100,980 • Plays 46 rounds per year • Has probably called a penalty on himself (90 percent said they've done it at least once) • Has a handicap of 15.1 • Loses 1.3 balls per round • Has played for 23 years"
– user527
Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 14:26
• Wow, completely missed that. It's right in the opening paragraph. Thanks! Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 14:56
• The problem in any kind of stat that you use is skewed by your definition of "golfer". Is a guy who plays once a year considered a "golfer"? If not, how many rounds are required to be a "golfer"? I could almost guarantee you that if their stats say the average handicap is 15.1 that it wouldn't include the very casual golfer. Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 2:38

Ask 15 "average golfers", you'll get 16 answers. It all depends. From your article which Ed helpfully digested, the average American golfer plays 46 rounds a year. The average golfer also has a 15 handicap, which sounds like I might need to give it up.

Of course I'm not average in many ways:

The average American golfer...

• Is 46 years old - I'll be 35 tomorrow
• Practices one hour and 11 minutes per week - not happening with three kids under 5, I'm lucky to get to the range 4 or 5 times a year, not counting warm-ups with a few hits at the club's range before a round
• Has an average household income of \$100,980 - I wish. I make enough but not that much
• Spends \$3000 a year on golf - Pfft. The only club I've ever bought new is my putter, I play Noodles at a buck a ball instead of top-tier \$5 balls, I'm hitting the same irons I bought 5 years ago used, in a bag I've had for nearly 10 back when there was a TopGolf range in walking distance. Half my equipment was either a gift or a hand-me-down. I don't even pay my own green fees, my in-laws pay less to bring me along on their home course than they pay themselves. I I don't think I've spent \$3000 on the game to date
• Plays 46 rounds per year - More like 20 for me
• Has probably called a penalty on himself (90 percent said they've done it at least once) - Well yeah, them's the rules, but I've also used my "underhand wedge" to clear a tree or rock, putted into holes with the flag still in, and taken dozens of gimmes; when you're not playing for money and a pace of play is enforced, you do what you must
• Has a handicap of 15.1 - 30-cap at least, my best round ever is a 102
• Loses 1.3 balls per round - More like 3-6, though I haven't hit one in the water in months; I tend to lose them in tall grass under trees just off the fairway, which annoys the heck out of me cause it would be playable if I could just find the darn thing
• Has played for 23 years - Only been playing actual rounds of golf for about 7 years, so I've got 16 more years of experience and 11 more in age to step my game up to "average"