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Golf Enjoys a U.S. Boom That’s Making Tee Times Scarce

  • Number of scores posted to USGA in May rose 22% from last year
  • Boosters are hoping the boom attracts a new wave of converts
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The sport of golf is having a renaissance moment in an era when outdoor activities are at a premium. The trend has caught the eye of investors and raised hopes among boosters that a new wave of converts will take up the centuries-old game.

Play started to bounce back in May after dropping significantly in April, when many courses were closed due to stay-at-home orders. The number of scores posted to the U.S. Golf Association’s Golf Handicap Information Network rose 22% in May from last year. Rounds played at courses in San Francisco, Phoenix and Orlando, Florida, jumped more than 20% from mid-May to the first week in June compared with average traffic in previous years, according to National Golf Foundation data.