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Long Excluded, Female Golfers Are Now Key Driver of Game’s Growth

“The future of the game is already playing.”

Women in Golf
Photographer: Jacob Lund/Alamy

A year after vaccines began to roll out, the golf boom is still growing. And no segment has seen as much growth during the two-year stretch since March 2020 than female golfers.

According to the National Golf Foundation, the percentage of women on the course rose to 25% in 2021, up from 19% a decade ago. An even bigger jump is among junior golfers, where more than 35%, or 1.1 million, are girls, compared to 15% in 2000. That group is becoming more diverse, too: More than a quarter are non-Caucasian—a number that was just 6% 20 years ago.