It’s no surprise that almost every industry was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns kept people from patronizing stores, restaurants, businesses and institutions. As a result, most industries experienced significant losses during the height of the pandemic. However, some industries were able to thrive under lockdown restrictions.
When you think of which products or businesses would benefit from stay-at-home orders, things like teleconferencing, video streaming and online delivery services probably come to mind. But it might surprise you to learn that the impact of COVID on the golf industry was largely positive. Let’s take a look at why golf became a go-to for so many people during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Demand went way up
Since other activities were put on hold for the foreseeable future, a number of people turned to playing golf during the pandemic. As a solo sport that is played in open air, golf was deemed a relatively safe activity. Sprawling courses made social distancing easy and getting out of the house was a welcome change. Many new players were drawn to golf as a means of getting outside, exercising and having fun, in a COVID conscious way.
Golf courses were also some of the first locations to reopen with modified service as lockdown restrictions eased. By 2021, tee times were harder to come by and the industry had seen a record setting boom with 50 million rounds played and $388.6 million in sales.
Will demand slow down?
Despite the increased popularity of the game during 2020 and 2021, 67% of golfers attributed their newfound interest in golf to having fewer leisure activities available. However, now that most industries have returned to normal service, some predict that the number of people who play golf will decline. So, is golf a dying sport after all? Was the sudden golf boom just a fleeting moment in time? Or are the new players who picked up the sport during lockdown here to stay?
We say -- with location, service, 18 beautiful holes and scenic views, it will stand the test of time!