Outdoor sports have boomed during the pandemic
Several outdoor sports and activities boomed during the pandemic as people sought safer, more socially-distant alternatives.
By the numbers: What began with a cycling boom has since expanded to golf courses, tennis courts, hiking trails and beyond.
- Golf saw a 27% year-over-year increase in rounds played in the U.S. from June to December.
- Tennis saw a 22% increase in the number of people who reported playing at least once, while pickleball saw similar growth.
- Outdoors: 8.1 million more Americans hiked in 2020 than in 2019, 7.9 million more went camping and 3.4 million more went freshwater fishing, per AP.
- Disc golf: 50 million rounds of disc golf were played worldwide in 2020, roughly doubling 2019's total. 50% of new players played at least five rounds their first month, per UDisc, a scorekeeping app.
"The pandemic skipped us ahead about three years in our growth curve."— Josh Lichti, CEO of UDisc
Looking ahead: Most booms will go bust as the country reopens and people get their lives back. But don't be surprised if some of these activities sustain momentum, particularly as summer approaches.