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There were 26.88 million Americans who played golf in 2014. This is slightly less than the number of golfers in the prior year.
According to the National Golf Foundation, there were 28.8 million golfers in the U.S. in 2000, 30 million in 2005, 26.1 million in 2010, 25.5 in 2011 and 25.3 million in 2012.
The number of golfers from 2000 to 2012 dropped by about 12 percent due to the struggling U.S. economy. Most of the decrease is attributed to golfers who were playing less or not at all.
Part of the decrease in the number of total golfers can be attributed to the lack of new, younger golfers aged 18-35 years.
The National Golf Foundation estimates that there were 465.5 million rounds of golf played in the U.S. in 2013. This is down from the 518.4 million rounds played in 2000.
Golf Datatech, the golf industry's leading independent research firm for golf trends, reported in 2014 that female golfers were more than 20% of U.S. golfers and contributed about 19% of all golf sales.