In early 2020 the golf world was fearing that the golf business was taking a turn for the worst due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, golf courses were mandated to shut down in late March all over the world. After a long month and a half, Pennsylvania got the green light to open their golf courses to the public on May 1st, 2020. Now looking back, one can argue that if anything, one good thing came out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and here’s why.
When the world shut down, many people were scrambling trying to find something safe and fun to do. The recent COVID-19 studies have shown that staying outdoors will lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Because golf is a sport where you can socially distance, and stay outdoors, many people took up golf as a past time hobby in 2020. A recent study conducted by Golf Datatech suggested that U.S. golfers played twenty percent more rounds in August 2020 than August 2019. This is an increase of approximately 10 million rounds over 2019. The states that have seen the biggest rise in golf are Texas, Flordia, and Arizona. Every state saw at least a two percent increase in rounds played in 2020.
Not only did the COVID-19 pandemic help the golf business, another factor played a major rule as well. As you know living in Pennsylvania, you never know what kind of weather you are going to get. Luckily, records have shown that summer 2020 was one of the hottest summers recorded in the history of Pennsylvania. According to Rob Rabzenowski, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, summer 2020 is the fifth out of the top ten warmest summers that have happened in the 2000s. Records have shown that there were 35 days where the temperature was 90 degrees or higher. Great news for golfers, it is predicted that summers will continue to get warmer as the years go on.