A snapshot of the golf industry is provided by Golf Facilities in Canada 2017, a just-released collaborative effort between Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and the National Golf Foundation (NGF):
Canada is home to 2,298 public and private golf facilities, ranking it second in the world in total supply.
Seventy-seven per cent of the total golf supply is located in Canada’s four most populated provinces—Ontario, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia.
Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s supply of golf courses is open to the public.
Of the 2,068 daily fee or public facilities in Canada, 48 per cent are located in Ontario and Québec, which together account for 61 per cent of the country’s total population. The two provinces are also home to 73 per cent of Canada’s 230 private clubs.
Nine-hole golf (838 facilities) accounts for more than 36 per cent of Canada’s total supply. In Saskatchewan, 18-hole courses are outnumbered almost three to one (51 vs. 149) by nine-hole courses.
Canada features nine 12-hole facilities (six of which are in Ontario) and a single six-hole facility which is located in Manitoba.
Across the country, 169 facilities (or approximately seven percent of total supply) are connected to a resort or a resort/real estate operation.
Since 2010, 26 facilities have opened in seven different provinces including Alberta, which leads the way with eight openings during that period. Canada currently has 22 18-hole equivalent facilities in various stages of development.
Since 2015, 51 facilities have been reported as closed, including 19 in Ontario. Canada’s largest province accounts for 37 per cent of total Canadian closures, as well as 35 per cent of Canada’s total supply.
The report, a follow-up to the 2015 Golf Facilities in Canada Report, identifies all existing public and private facilities in the country and defines supply by province, type and number of holes. It also includes information on facility openings and closings, as well as the number and type of facilities currently in development.
“The 2017 edition of the Golf Facilities in Canada report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the Canadian golf landscape and the abundance of golf experiences in communities from coast to coast,” said Golf Canada chief sport officer and interim CEO Jeff Thompson.
“We are proud to partner with the NGF and the PGA of Canada in presenting the second iteration of this in-depth summary of national and provincial golf facility data,” he added.
“The PGA of Canada in partnership with Golf Canada is excited to present this captivating study of golf facilities in Canada compiled by one of the world’s leading research firms, the National Golf Foundation,” added PGA of Canada CEO Gary Bernard.
To download the complete Golf Facilities in Canada 2017 report, click here.