PGA Tour Interest: Florida Among Leaders In Pro Golf Tour Nationally

PGA Tour Interest: Florida Among Leaders In Pro Golf Tour Nationally
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

With the PGA Tour season in full swing and the circuit’s Florida swing having come and gone, it’s time to assess where residents of the Sunshine State rank among their peers when it comes to interest in professional golf.  

With National Golf Day arriving on May 10th and the excitement around golf over the past year (due to the PGA vs. LIV conflict), decided to look at which states across the United States are the most interested in the PGA Tour. 

We break from Florida sports betting updates to bring you the most PGA Tour-loving states.

America’s Most PGA Tour-Loving States utilized 3 combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 US States from most to least into the PGA Tour. We utilized World Population Review’s ranking of “Golf Courses Per Capita,”, Google Trend’s search interest of the “PGA Tour” over the past 12 months, and extra points for the states with the most Top 30 ranked PGA events, based on Stadium Talk

Here’s what we found for residents of the state of Florida, as the 2023 PGA Tour season ramps up:  

RankStatePoints for Golf Course DensityPGA Tour Search Interest Top PGA Events Total Points
2South Carolina375046133
3 Ohio454342130
4 North Carolina363646118
5 Illinois383046114
6 Pennsylvania422839109
7 Arizona124742101
8Kentucky28 284298
9 New York43 114296

Read up on the best Florida sportsbook apps that are expected to come to the Sunshine State.

Florida Residents The Most Interested In PGA Tour Golf

Between the state’s ample golf courses and Florida residents’ outsized interest in PGA Tour search topics, the Sunshine State has no shortage of interest in pro golf.  

Overall, Florida has the highest number of golf courses of any state in the nation, at 1,250, along with three PGA tournaments on the yearly circuit.  

That, in addition to the high search traffic demand for PGA Tour-centric terms, results in Florida having the highest total points of any state in America, at 139, beating out South Carolina (133 points) and Ohio (130 points) on a national level.  

Florida led all states in “top PGA events,” at 49, while the state’s 46 score for PGA Tour search interest ranked third nationally, behind South Carolina (50) and Arizona (47).  

Nationally, Ohio (130 points), North Carolina (118 points), and Illinois (114 points) rounded out the top five in terms of total points, while Pennsylvania (109 points), Arizona (101 points), Kentucky (98 points), New York (96 points) and Georgia (93 points) were the other states in the top 10.  

As the 2023 PGA Tour calendar approaches its apex with the PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and Open Championship, you can count on Floridians to be among the leaders in the clubhouse when it comes to interest in the sport.  



Christopher Boan writes for and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

Cited by leading media organizations, such as: