A study has found that the average number of rounds of golf played in Great Britain over the last month is up by 40 percent compared to the same period last year.

When courses started to reopen in May after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic we all let out a collective sigh of relief.

Never before have we been so grateful to get out on the course in the fresh air, forget about our worries and catch up with friends.

The only problem has been the new tough competition to secure a decent tee time.

They're like gold dust, right?

So it might not come as a surprise to hear that Sports Marketing Surveys have found that golfers in Great Britain played 40 percent more rounds of golf in May 2020 compared to the same period of time in May 2019.

Many courses have reported record levels of demand, including several in the South of England where there has been a staggering 51 percent increase in the number of rounds played.

This means those in the South are playing twice as much compared to last year.

Incredible.

The research agency gathered data from over 100 courses for May 2020 in the hope of providing early insights into how the game is bouncing back in the first month of opening.

For a fair comparison, the company only compared data from clubs that also submitted figures in 2018 and 2019 too.

Although it means we might have to get used to settling for incredibly early tee times (just think of the coffee and cooked breakfast you can have afterwards), this news is brilliant for the golf industry as a whole.

Plus, with fourballs back on the cards, many other sports and activities restricted and working from home set to continue for a while longer, let's hope that golf's popularity just continues to grow and grow throughout the rest of the summer.

You can find out more about the study by visiting www.sportsmarketingsurveys.com.

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