Golf is one of the more popular sports across the United Kingdom ( UK ). In all of Europe, England has the highest number of registered golf courses as of 2017 by far, with a total of 1,872, followed by Germany with 731, not even half that number. Scotland hosts 560 courses , Ireland has 405 and Wales has 145 courses .
Longest Courses in England Walton Heath Golf Club (New) England , United Kingdom . Golf At Goodwood (Downs) England , United Kingdom . Stock Brook Country Club (Stock-Brook) Walton Heath Golf Club (Old) Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa. The Grove Golf Course – Watford. Wentworth Club (West) The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel & Spa.
England is far and away the number one golfing country in Europe; home to 2,270 golf courses , more than every country in the world barring USA, Japan and Canada.
Europe : numbers of golf courses in 2018, by country In 2018, England was the leader in number of official golf courses in Europe with 1,888 out of 6,859 golf courses. Second and third come Germany and France with 730 and 607 official golf courses.
Japan, Canada and England each have 2,000+ golf facilities, though with different land masses and population distributions. Australia is the only other country to have over 1,000.
The USGA guidelines are such that any hole 691 yards and longer from the back tees or 591 and longer from the ladies’ tees can be considered a par 6 . “You have to design it so it’s not something golfers dread,” said Bill Ward Jr., designer of Meadow Farm’s longest hole, as well as a couple of other par 6 holes.
The World’s 7 Toughest Golf Courses Bethpage Black (New York, United States) Le Touesserok Golf Course (Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius) The Ocean Course ( Kiawah Island, South Carolina , United States) Carnoustie Golf Links (Dundee, Scotland) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club (Lijiang, Yunnan, China)
St Andrews Links Known as the ‘home of golf’, the Old Golf Course in St Andrews is the oldest in the world. Established in 1552, it is situated in St Andrews , a seaside city – just two hours’ drive from Edinburgh – dating back to the sixth century and home to the oldest university in Scotland.
“This means an 18 -hole course of all short par 3s could be built on as little as 30 acres, while an intermediate length or executive course of 18 holes of par 3s and 4s would require 75-100 acres, and a full size par 72 course would need 120 – 200 acres .
Portland, Oregon With 4.48 golf courses per 100,000 residents, Portland leads the way in access to golf courses . While access to golfing is important, Portland also has high scores in a number of other categories as well.
This is when we started to see course closures . As of November 2019, we had, according to my research, lost 158 golf courses in the UK and Ireland since 2000. This still leaves us with a far greater number than at the start of the boom in 1980.
Golf club membership across the UK is falling again, according to a survey of the sport across Europe. In England , the number of registered golfers fell by 1.63%. This meant a loss of 10,688 players between 2017 and 2018 for a total of 645,151 compared with 655,839.
Golf is dying, many experts say. According to one study by the golf industry group Pellucid Corp., the number of regular golfers fell from 30 to 20.9 million between 2002 and 2016. Unless the golf industry can change its ways, the decline will mean a lot of empty greens across the country.
This means that there are 1,053,360 hectares of golf course in the world , which is about 4067 square miles. Estimates show that the amount of habitable land is about 24,642,757 square miles, so that would mean that about 0.016503835 % of the habitable land mass of Earth is covered by golf courses .