Golf Tee Times and Sex

Men hit the links earlier in the day than do women, take longer to finish a round, and less often play on weekdays. These are among the national findings on tee time demographics from an analysis by the Time Use Institute.

Half of all men report starting their round of golf by 11:50 am, while among women the typical start time is 12:45pm. But once out on the course, men stay longer, reporting an average duration of exactly 3 hours, compared to only 2 hours and 42 minutes for women.

Men are less likely to be on the course on weekdays than are women. Among men, only 62 percent of golf outings are Monday through Friday, with 23 percent on Saturday and 15 percent on Sunday. Among women, 81 percent of all golf matches are on weekdays, 5 percent are on Saturday, and 14 percent are on Sunday.

Age, like sex, has notable implications for tee times, with seniors leading the morning charge to the course. Older (55+) golfers hit the first tee at 10:40 a.m., on average, while the typical tee time for those younger than 55 is1:02 p.m.

Lastly, income too has implications for tee times. Golfers with household incomes of $75,000+ start at 12:50pm on average, while other golfers have a much earlier typical tee time -- 11:15 am.


These findings are based on tabulations of the 2003-2005 American Time Use Surveys by Jack Goodman, Director of the Time Use Institute. Estimates refer to time reported “golfing” and may include practice sessions as well as actual rounds. Estimates are subject to sampling error and are derived from the 322 survey respondents who reported playing golf on the survey date.