Marijuana Survey Provides Definitive Results

By Jeff Sutherland

The golf marijuana survey conducted by Inside Golf and British Columbia Golf is now complete with 56 facilities and 5466 golfers responding.


*56 facilities from across Western Canada responded (Facility breakdown: Private - 9; Semi-Private - 20; Public - 27). 

- 75% of facilities currently do not have a marijuana policy in place.
- 60% are likely or very likely to allow marijuana use on their course.
- 53% plan to have a policy similar to that for tobacco and cigars.
- 32% plan to modify their golf cart policy to take marijuana into account.
- 27% would consider selling marijuana if allowed.
* Access to full survey results to Clubs and Club Managers available on request.
*5466 golfers responded: 63% are members at a club; 37% are daily fee players; 97% are from BC, 3% from Alberta; 85% of respondents are aged 55+.
Key Findings
- Overall, one-in-seven golfers (both daily fee and club members) plan to smoke marijuana on the golf course.
- This rises to one-in-two for those under the age of 35 and drops to less than one-in-ten for those 55+.
- Overall, six-in-ten golfers are uncomfortable with anyone smoking marijuana on the course. 
- Being comfortable being paired with someone smoking marijuana on the golf course declines in a straight line as age increases (<35: 75%, 35-54: 50%, ≥55: 25%).
- Eight-in-ten golfers who are members at clubs would like to have input into decisions regarding marijuana use at their club. This rises to 88% for those planning to smoke.
- Three-quarters of golfers do not think that marijuana should be smoked within viewing distance of junior players.
- Almost nine-in-ten of those planning to smoke marijuana on the course view it as the same as drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco/cigars as compared to only six-in-ten for nonsmokers.
In-Depth Articles summarizing and analyzing results can be found at these links:
- Overview Article About Marijuana Use On The Golf Course:
These articles can also be found in the current print version of Inside Golf magazine and upcoming issue of BC Golf's digital magazine, The Scorecard; PDF versions for distribution to club memberships are available on email request.
Full Survey Results can be found at the links below:
For more information, please contact Jeff Sutherland
Publisher & President, INSIDE GOLF Inc.