“Report on the American Golfer,” to be published in the September issue of Golf Magazine, surveyed more than 2,000 golfers who play 25 rounds or more a year.
Topics in the 135-question survey included their involvement in the game, their abilities and aspirations, their thoughts on equipment & technology, the rules & etiquette of the game and what they think of Tiger Woods and the pro tours. The survey was conducted in conjunction with researchers from the National Golf Foundation and the magazine’s parent company, AOL Time Warner.
The following are a few of the responses from the survey:
Their average score is 91.9 and they average playing 72 rounds per year.
On average they spend $2,382 per year on golf. Three percent spend more than $10,000 per year on golf.
Fifty-two percent said they would choose to play with Nancy Lopez over Karrie Webb (25%), Cindy Crawford (18%) and Sandra Day O’Connor (5%).
Among male partners, forty-two percent selected David Duval over current president George W. Bush (25%), Bill Murray (23%) and Michael Jordan (10%).
Fourteen percent have snuck onto a course without paying.
Thirty-seven percent would like to trade places with Tiger, but 45% would like to trade places with the 200th ranked player on the PGA Tour money list.
Sixteen percent have broken a club in anger and 43% have thrown a club in anger at least once.
Fifty-nine percent have improved their lie when nobody was looking and 91% have witnessed somebody improving their lie.
Seventy-two percent bet on the course and the most money lost in a single day on average is $31.92.