How Many Countries Do Not Have A Golf Course?

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With around 40,000 golf courses in the world, you would be hard pressed to name countries without a golf course. However, there are many countries that do not have their own golf course.

Therefore, you may wonder: how many countries do not have a golf course?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how many countries do not have a golf course, as well as give you some reasons why and some examples of countries without a course.

How Many Countries Do Not Have A Golf Course?

Out of the roughly 245 countries in the world, only 36 countries do not have a golf course on their territory. Most of the countries without a golf course are simply impeded by small surface area and dry conditions. Countries without a golf course include Vatican, Monaco, Nauru and Tuvalu.

Depending on where you live, there is a different number of countries recognized. Assuming 245 countries are recognized, including very small countries like Vatican and Monaco, only 36 countries do not have a golf course on their territory.

On the other hand, 36 countries without a golf course may seem surprising when you consider that there are around 40,000 golf courses in the world.

If all the golf courses in the world were equally distributed in every country, every country would have roughly 160 golf courses. This goes to show how the fact 36 countries do not have a golf course is significant.

On the other hand, many people do not realize just how popular golf is, and how global of a game it is. You can fly to almost any country in the world and find a golf course.

This is equally true on the Marshall Islands, with a surface area of only 70 square miles. The Marshall Islands have a crazy golf playing area called the Holmberg Fairways that you need to boat to, depending on which island you are staying on! The Holmberg Fairways are however not a full golf course.

Most golf countries that do not have a golf course are limited by small surface area or dry conditions. Considering how small certain countries like Vatican are, it makes no sense to add a golf course. In fact, most golf courses are larger than the Vatican!

A lot of the countries without a golf course would probably love to build one if they had more surface area, notably due to the economic and touristic attraction a golf course creates.

Examples Of Countries Without A Golf Course

Many of the smallest countries in the world do not have enough space to realistically hold a golf course.

Down below are some of the countries that do not have a golf course.

Vatican
Nauru
Monaco
Tuvalu
San Marino
Mauritania
Togo
Benin
Liechtenstein
Dominica
Western Sahara
Central African Republic
Chad

Examples Of Surprising Countries With A Golf Course

There are also certain countries that you would be surprised do indeed have golf courses!

Down below are examples of countries that surprisingly have a golf course for its inhabitants and tourists to enjoy.

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Maldives
Malta
Grenada
Marshall islands
Bahamas
Malaysia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Haiti
Puerto Rico
Turkmenistan
Aruba

Conclusion

There you go! After reading this article, you have learned how many countries in the world do not have a golf course on their territory. You also discovered some of the reasons why some countries do not have a golf course, and that it is generally due to insufficient surface area.

In addition, you discovered examples of the countries that do not have a golf course, as well as countries that surprisingly do.

Does it surprise you that a golf course is bigger than the entire Vatican? Do you think every country should have a golf course, if possible? Let us know in the comments down below!