2020: Golf Trends for the Year Ahead

2019 has been a great year for golf, with a lot of success for players this side of the Atlantic, including Europe winning the Ryder cup again! We made some predictions last year for the golfing trends of 2019, some of which we got right, while others were further off the mark. This year we’ve been putting our finger to the golfing pulse again and looking forward to the golf trends to look forward to in 2020. Read on to see if you agree!

Golf trends 2020 - golfer getting ready to do some putting

Faster play

Golf has had an issue with a decline in the number of new golfers taking up the sport for years. In 2020, expect to see courses making real efforts to try and attract more players. One problem is the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf, and the fact that we’re all leading busier and busier lives. More clubs are trying to find ways to make courses shorter, and therefore more attractive to potential golfers.

Crossover clothing

It has to be said that golf fashion hasn’t always been the most stylish! But that’s all set to change with the trend for crossover clothing. Suitable for wearing both on and off the course, golf crossover clothes remove the need to cart something around to change into if you’re off for a meal after playing a round. Another trend that might help golf to fit in around a hectic lifestyle, as well as banishing the plaid!

golf trends 2020 - female golfer takes a shot in a bunker


Climate change and the threat it poses to both our planet and our way of life has really been hitting the news. As a result, golf clubs have begun to think of ways to become more eco-friendly. From solar panels to encouraging wildlife, and better irrigation to recycling lost golf balls, there are many ways clubs will look to enhance their sustainability over the next year and beyond!


Despite there being a rich history of women in golf, for many years golf has been regarded mostly as a game for white, middle class men. This has been slowly changing, with greater numbers of women and people from different ethnicities getting into the sport! This is great, but clubs will need to do more to encourage greater inclusivity. Alternative memberships and easier joining processes could help to encourage this, as well as, dare we say it, easing off the dress code…

Gold trends 2020 - gold ball on the green

Rory McIlroy       

In 2019, Rory McIlroy had what seemed like the worst day at work in the entire history of bad days at work, spectacularly failing to make the cut at the British Open. But aside from this, he seemed to win just about everything else, including the FedEx Cup, with its $15 million prize, the largest ever in the game. More recently, he was applauded for missing the Saudi International tournament feeling that morally he couldn’t play in Saudi Arabia, despite the hefty fee on offer. It will definitely be worth keeping an eye open to see what’s in store for McIlroy in 2020!   

Whatever the golfing year ahead has in store, we hope yours is full of adventures out on the green! If you’ve got all the kit for a spectacular round of golf, why not consider protecting it with golf insurance? At The Insurance Emporium, we offer Golf Insurance policies with three different levels of cover to choose from, including cover for Golf Equipment up to £5,000*. With up to 30% discount^ available, why not head over to our website to see if we have the Golf Insurance policy for you? 

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