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What Country Is Golf The Most Popular In?

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#1 MaybeImLeftHanded

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

I was sitting here thinking about how much Canadians seem to love golf despite (or maybe because of) our short season. I googled to see what country golf was the most popular in and this came up. It's the search results via google from 2007-2011 of people searching something on google that included the word "golf".  Canada was #2 behind Ireland which surprised me a bit as I thought we'd be lower on the list due to our climate. I've included the top 20 countries but here's the link if you want to see more: http://www.topendspo...sports/golf.htm


Kinda interesting. Sorry if this topic has been done before, I searched...



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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

It makes sense that Candians would search for golf more. Your season is so short - you have more time to Google and dream! :)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

Ha, truth in that

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM

The method of measurement of "popularity" for this list:

"Here we use online search traffic for the term 'Golf' to analyze which countries it is more popular."

Is that a valid or meaningful metric at all?

Edited by teejaywhy, 25 January 2013 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:14 PM

judging by the makeup of my club here in the northeast section of Atlanta, and also watching the lpga on tv,  I am very surprised that Korea is not on that list.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

View Postteejaywhy, on 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM, said:

The method of measurement of "popularity" for this list:

"Here we use online search traffic for the term 'Golf' to analyze which countries it is more popular."

Is that a valid or meaningful metric at all?

I think it's probably the best way to do it, it was 4 years. How would you do it?

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

View Postatlanta golfer, on 25 January 2013 - 08:14 PM, said:

judging by the makeup of my club here in the northeast section of Atlanta, and also watching the lpga on tv,  I am very surprised that Korea is not on that list.

Surprised me too, South Korea was 66th on the list.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:12 PM

This is skewed because it's based on online searches for golf-related topics in English only.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

View PostSoloman, on 25 January 2013 - 11:12 PM, said:

This is skewed because it's based on online searches for golf-related topics in English only.

Ah, I was not aware of that. I guess it means squat then.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:38 AM

May I add that here in Austria, and in Germany as well, the VW Golf is a very popular car.
Since the 70's, it has been sold far more often than any other car, and is in the 7th generation :)


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:42 AM

View PostBoom Boom Stefan, on 26 January 2013 - 02:38 AM, said:

May I add that here in Austria, and in Germany as well, the VW Golf is a very popular car.
Since the 70's, it has been sold far more often than any other car, and is in the 7th generation :)

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I would look at things like number of courses, players (registered), rounds played and compare them to population.

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:14 AM

The question is far too vague. What does 'popular' mean? - proportion who play golf, play regularly, like the game, watch it on TV, have a good image of it etc etc.

That said, I think Ireland is going to come out pretty well on most rankings, given the number of courses, ease of access, numbers who play regularly or occasionally, and interest in the professional game on TV and in the media.
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:15 AM

It depends how you define popularity. A google search does not really constitute a popularity.
What you need is a list of countries in the world, the number of people in that country who play or express an interest in golf and the percentage relative to the population that number accounts for.
Here it is:
http://www.marshalli...s?sort=relative

In this expression, Ireland figures at 17th (at the time of writing)
As you can see, of the 2.8 million people who play golf in Singapore, they form 56% of the population. Hence the most popular place in the world to play or enjoy golf is Singapore. Must be something to do with where clubs are made....

Edited by jaskanski, 26 January 2013 - 06:37 AM.


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Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:48 AM

No surprise to see "the colonies" at the top of that list given the scoring criteria
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

I guarantee 99% of the "Golf" searches from Poland are about fixing a 16-year old Volkswagen or how could one convert the VW to natural gas for less than $100.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:21 PM

View PostGolfwarrior, on 25 January 2013 - 09:56 PM, said:

View Postteejaywhy, on 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM, said:

The method of measurement of "popularity" for this list:

"Here we use online search traffic for the term 'Golf' to analyze which countries it is more popular."

Is that a valid or meaningful metric at all?

I think it's probably the best way to do it, it was 4 years. How would you do it?

This is biased towards cold weather countries because those golfers are inside googling "golf" rather than outside playing it.  Also explains why about 2% of all North American Golf is played by Canadians but 25-40% of the posts on this board are by Canadians. I myself find almost all of my posts are in Dec, Jan and Feb.  By the time March hits I am playing so much I really don't think about or feel the need to come here.  But this time of year I play much less golf and need the additional outlet.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

It is possible to express an interest in golf without having the desire to actually play it.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:40 PM

As of a few years ago....New Zealand had the most golf courses per capita of population and Bermuda had the most percentage of it's actual land mass dedicated to golf courses.......NZ is a country and Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory....been to them both....loved them totally.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

View PostGolfwarrior, on 25 January 2013 - 09:56 PM, said:

View Postteejaywhy, on 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM, said:

The method of measurement of "popularity" for this list:

"Here we use online search traffic for the term 'Golf' to analyze which countries it is more popular."

Is that a valid or meaningful metric at all?

I think it's probably the best way to do it, it was 4 years. How would you do it?

Perhaps a measurement of how many people per capita play golf.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 03:32 AM

View Postteejaywhy, on 27 January 2013 - 11:32 PM, said:

View PostGolfwarrior, on 25 January 2013 - 09:56 PM, said:

View Postteejaywhy, on 25 January 2013 - 08:08 PM, said:

The method of measurement of "popularity" for this list:

"Here we use online search traffic for the term 'Golf' to analyze which countries it is more popular."

Is that a valid or meaningful metric at all?

I think it's probably the best way to do it, it was 4 years. How would you do it?

Perhaps a measurement of how many people per capita play golf.

And how would you do that?


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Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

View PostFLOGMR, on 27 January 2013 - 07:40 PM, said:

As of a few years ago....New Zealand had the most golf courses per capita of population and Bermuda had the most percentage of it's actual land mass dedicated to golf courses.......NZ is a country and Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory....been to them both....loved them totally.

are you sure it's not scotland for golf courses per capita? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

View Postrossef2, on 28 January 2013 - 10:27 AM, said:

View PostFLOGMR, on 27 January 2013 - 07:40 PM, said:

As of a few years ago....New Zealand had the most golf courses per capita of population and Bermuda had the most percentage of it's actual land mass dedicated to golf courses.......NZ is a country and Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory....been to them both....loved them totally.

are you sure it's not scotland for golf courses per capita? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf

Not sure at all....that was the stat they were throwing around when I was there....??

According to Golf Digest
Countries with most golf courses per capita


Golf Digest compiled a list of all the world's golf courses in 2007 and came up with some interesting facts about the modern game. This list has always intrigued Aussie Golfer, countries with the most golf courses per capita.
  • Scotland (9,379 people per course)
  • New Zealand (10,374)
  • Australia (11,063)
  • Republic of Ireland (14,127)
  • Northern Ireland (14,353)
  • Canada (15,480)
  • Wales (18,321)
  • United States (18,514)
  • Sweden (21,295)
  • England (27,725).

Edited by FLOGMR, 28 January 2013 - 12:51 PM.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

View PostGolfwarrior, on 25 January 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

I was sitting here thinking about how much Canadians seem to love golf despite (or maybe because of) our short season. I googled to see what country golf was the most popular in and this came up. It's the search results via google from 2007-2011 of people searching something on google that included the word "golf".  Canada was #2 behind Ireland which surprised me a bit as I thought we'd be lower on the list due to our climate. I've included the top 20 countries but here's the link if you want to see more: http://www.topendspo...sports/golf.htm


Kinda interesting. Sorry if this topic has been done before, I searched...



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Scots are too busy playing golf and drinking whiskie in foul weather to google "Golf."  Scotland is clearly the most popular place for golf.  The fact that the Old Course gets play everyday of the year with a lot of bloody awful weather conditions is testament to the Scottish love of golf.

Just my two cents as a Kansan.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:22 PM

Japan is number 99.  And the Japanese love golf.  Something is very, very broken on this list.  

In general, search analytics are a terrible way to prove any sort of hypothesis, as they vary widely depending on how you frame the question.
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Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:15 PM

View Postjaskanski, on 27 January 2013 - 03:32 PM, said:

It is possible to express an interest in golf without having the desire to actually play it.

Don't see how.

You either love it or hate it.

I don't know anyone who love of have an interest in golf who doesn't play it.

My wife had absolutely no interest in the game/sport until she start playing it and now she plans our golf vacations and all I do is ask when and where are we playing.


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Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:18 PM

Here is what Wikipedia had to say about it in 2008:

Number of golf courses by country in 2008[39]
Country Number of Courses % USA 17,672 50% UK 2,752 8% Japan 2,442 7% Canada 2,300 7% Australia 1,500 4% Germany 684 2% France 559 2% China 500 1% Sweden 480 1% South Africa 450 1% Rest of the world 5,773 17% Total 35,112

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

Nice to see ireland top of the list. Táim brodúil!
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:27 PM

View PostGolfwarrior, on 25 January 2013 - 09:58 PM, said:

View Postatlanta golfer, on 25 January 2013 - 08:14 PM, said:

judging by the makeup of my club here in the northeast section of Atlanta, and also watching the lpga on tv,  I am very surprised that Korea is not on that list.

Surprised me too, South Korea was 66th on the list.

Is this survey total population vs golf courses and player base?    If that is the case I can see why, look at the population centers that are not on the list.    India, Japan, Korea those have a large population for the land mass they occupy.
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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:44 PM

View PostBigPete, on 26 January 2013 - 06:48 AM, said:

No surprise to see "the colonies" at the top of that list given the scoring criteria

Former colonies!!!!!!!!!




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