More Americans are giving up playing golf because of time and financial constraints, the New York Times reported.
The number of golfers has dropped to about 26 million from 30 million in 2000, the newspaper said, citing the National Golf Foundation and Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. The number of people who play 25 times a year or more has slumped by about a third since 2005 to 4.6 million, it said.
About 3 million people quit playing annually, slightly more than the number who take the game up, Jim Kass, research director at the National Golf Foundation, is cited as saying. A two-year campaign to boost participation has had little impact, he said.