Golf Statistics: How Popular Is Golf In The UK In 2021?


Golf is popular around the world for many different reasons. It allows friends and family to get together to play a relaxing sport, allows colleagues to have a break from work and allows people to enjoy the sport without worrying too much about if they’re fit enough to take part. However, we wanted to know different golf statistics across the UK and that’s what this article is all about.

Golf Statistics - A Quick Summary

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the key headlines we’ve found:


  • The term ‘golf’ is searched the most in Cambridge.


  • #golf’ has over 9 billion views on TikTok.


  • 2020 saw record highs of rounds played.

Golf Around The UK

In order to see how popular golf was in the UK, we used the Keyword Finder tool to conduct our research. We found the following:

To find this, we researched how many times the term ‘golf’ was searched on Google in the most populous areas of the UK. We then divided this number by the population of each area and multiplied by 1,000.


There are a couple of key things we have noticed from our findings:


  • Cambridge is the most popular place in terms of average monthly searches per 1,000 people, followed closely by Rochdale and Stockport.


  • 4 out of the top 10 places are in the North West.


Another search term we researched was ‘golf clubs’ and here’s what we found:

As you can see:


  • Wigan has the most average monthly searches, followed by Warrington and Stockport.


  • The top 3 places are all situated in the North West.


  • 8 of the top 10 areas are in Northern regions of the UK.


The final search term we researched was ‘golf courses’ with quite surprising results. We can see this below:

Surprisingly, we found that:


  • 7 of the top 10 areas are in Southern regions of the UK.


This is a shock considering the first two graphs show that those particular search terms were more popular in Northern regions than the South.

Golf On Social Media

We were also extremely curious about how popular golf was across different social media platforms. One example of this is Instagram. There are currently over 26 million posts using the hashtag ‘#golf’. However, this may also include posts about the car rather than the sport itself. This does showcase the popularity of the sport on social media though.


TikTok is also a great place to look for further proof that golf is popular among many social media platforms. On the platform, there are currently 9.6 billion views across thousands of videos which use the hashtag ‘#golf’. This number is astronomical and further reinforces the idea that golf is huge on social media these days.

YouTube can also be used for this. The 5 most viewed YouTube videos that appear when searching ‘golf’ add up to around 359 million views. The impact golf has on modern technologies is clearly a huge one. It gains millions of views every year across a variety of different platforms and websites.

How Many People Participate In Golf In The UK?

In 2020, it was reported that there were around 883,500 people taking part in golf. This is unfortunately down from 979,500 in 2019. It’s also important to note that this was participating in golf in any intensity and duration in the previous 28 days of the survey. It may also be worth noting that the lockdowns in 2020 may have had an impact on these numbers. 

One positive thing to say, though, is that Sports Marketing Surveys reported that from June to September 2020, there were record high rounds of golf played. This is since records began in 2005. The average number of rounds played was also up 59% compared to 2019 and this shows that after lockdowns were lifted, more and more people wanted to participate in golf.

It’s clear that the lockdowns in 2020 did have a terrible impact on golf around the UK, but there are some positives that have come from it like record rounds being played and the sheer popularity golf has on social media. There may be a long way to go, but hopefully the sport continues to grow more and more.


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