Where Does New York Rank As a Golf-Loving State?

Where Does New York Rank As a Golf-Loving State?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

New York sportsbooks and the eyes of the golf world will be focused on next week's PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester.

And golfers and fans in the Empire State will be celebrating a week earlier as Wednesday marks National Golf Day (NGD) across the country.

With heightened excitement around golf over the past year (due to PGA vs. LIV, among other storylines), EmpireStakes.com — your source for NY sportsbook promos — did some research to look at which of the 50 states are the most interested in the PGA Tour.

EmpireStakes.com utilized three combined data points to develop the rankings of the 50 U.S. 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.

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States That Love Golf and PGA Tour Most

Take a look at how New York ranksOf course, these are not stats you will find on any of the multitude of NY sports betting apps.

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


Empire State Cracks Top 10

New York is just inside the top 10, placing ninth with a point total of 96. Florida, the Sunshine State, finished No. 1.

New York has the third largest number (43) of golf courses per square mile among the top 10, with only Ohio (45) and Florida (44) ranking higher.

However, PGA Tour search interest was the lowest among the top 10 with only an 11. New York recorded a 42 for the Top PGA Events category.

Here Comes the PGA Championship

Next week’s PGA Championship will mark the 13th time the state has hosted the major tournament. Ohio (11) and Pennsylvania (9) round out the top three.

Masters winner Jon Rahm is favored (+750) to win the PGA by FanDuel New York. Scottie Scheffler (+850) and Rory McIlroy (+950) trail closely in the FanDuel odds currently.

This will be the first PGA Championship held in the state since Brooks Koepka won at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale in 2019. He defeated Dustin Johnson by two strokes. 
Justin Thomas won last year's PGA in a playoff over Will Zalatoris at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., for his second PGA Championship title.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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