It is one of the most popular sports in this tiny corner of the world, but how many golf courses are in the UK? Let’s break it down…
How many golf courses in England?
England has more golf courses than any other country in Europe.
According to the latest research from Statista, which was carried out in 2019, England has 1,888 registered golf courses.
This is more than 1,000 ahead of second-placed Germany on 730. France is third, with 607.
How many courses in Scotland?
The Home of Golf is fourth in Europe with 560 registered golf courses, according to Statista.
How many courses in Wales?
Cymru has 145 registered golf courses, according to Statista.
How many courses in Ireland?
The Emerald Isle has 405 registered golf courses, according to Statista.
How many golf courses in the UK and Ireland?
There are no specific numbers for the UK – mainly because Ireland and Northern Ireland are counted as one – but if we add the above numbers together we can safely conclude that there are 2,998 golf courses in the UK and Ireland.
The top three ranked courses, according to the NCG Top 100s, are Royal County Down, St Andrews’ Old, and Muirfield.