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Approximately 500 million rounds were played in 2020, some 60 million more than in 2019.

Investing in technology Many courses switched to single-rider carts—if carts were even offered at all—to minimize contact between players, while installing physical safety barriers and utilizing contactless and mobile technology to protect staff and customers. Of the managers and owners surveyed as part of a “GolfNow” study in September, 47% of facilities now believe investing in technology is a high or very high priority compared to 27% pre-pandemic. 42  PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE  June – December 2021

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“[The pandemic] not only showed people’s built-in desire to get out, get exercise and enjoy themselves, but it also showed the flexibility and adaptability of the industry.” - Nick McInally

“[The pandemic] not only showed people’s built-in desire to get out, get exercise and enjoy themselves, but it also showed the flexibility and adaptability of the industry,” McInally said.

Increased sports betting Not only was golf a safe, socially distant outdoor sport at a time when many others were limited, the rise of sports betting and golf-entertainment venues, such as Topgolf, also contributed to the game’s growth before and during the pandemic. Topgolf, which merged with Callaway, reported more than half of its 23 million guests in 2019 identified

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continue to meet this unprecedented demand that certainly no one predicted at the onset of the pandemic.

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