The golf industry hopes that built-in social distancing can draw new participants

All golf courses in the US are reporting increased demand. Many in the industry are saying that demand is up 25 to 30 percent over the prior year.

Between April 23 and now, the number of rounds sold online at public courses that remained open throughout the coronavirus pandemic were up 60 percent over the previous year, according to GolfNow, an online tee time reservations platform used at nearly 7,000 U.S. courses. “We think this ultimately can actually be a real growth opportunity for the game,” Seth Waugh, the president of PGA of America, said in a conference call. “We also think that given those specific natural advantages that we have, that we may draw new and interested people.”

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