[리서치페이퍼=Giselle Rances 기자] You wouldn't guess it from President Trump's weekend trips to Mar-a-Lago, but the game of golf is suffering a long decline in popularity in the United States.
The National Golf Federation estimates that last year 23.8 million Americans played at least one full round of golf.In 2005, the number was 30 million.that's a drop of more than 20 percent in 11 years.The group sayes there are 15,372 golf courses in the United States, down from a high of 16,052.
Tear-to-year variations are to be expectged as a result of weather and other factors, experts say.
For example, Sales of golf equipment are 20 percent lower so far this year compared to the same period last year, according to market research frim NPD Group.
But most of that drop can be attributed to cool, rainy spring weather in parts of the country.
Nonetheless, the overall trend is clear.Golf is growing less popular over time.
Researchers say some golfers stopped playing the game during the recession and simply haven't returned to the links.
"People who had lost their retirement money maybe had to go back to work and couldn't play golf as much," Powell said. "It became an extravagance when they were trying to make ends meet.
There clearly has been a decline in the number of boomers playing, and that hasn't been offset by new, younger players coming into the game."
It is certainlty true that fewer young people are taking up golf. Researchers say the number of players in the 18-to-34 age group has dropped by 30 percent in 20 years.According to a National Golf Federation survey, children and teenagers find golf boring.A survey showed that 57 percent held negative views about the game.
Researchers cite high costs and golf's high time commitment as factors contributing to the game's drop in popularity.
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