28 Golf Business Ideas & Opportunities In 2020

Do you love golf and looking to make some extra money on the side?

Or interested in starting a business around your passion around golf?

From golf apparel, to golf clubs, to starting a driving range, we put together 20 potential business ideas you can build around your favorite hobby, golf!

Check out the list.

1. Start a golf simulators business ($600K/year)

Igor Vainshtien from Victoria, Australia started 24/7 Golf over 4 years ago, a golf simulators business.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

Golf is something I only got into 8 or so years ago and have been obsessed with it since! Around that time I invested and operated an indoor virtual golf center in Melbourne, and after 5 years developed a concept similar to 24 hour gyms, but for golf - called 24/7 Golf. Members could sign up and play or practice virtual golf with no staff in an unmanned golf studio.

The business grew a little, and I kept selling golf simulators on the side.

Having partnered with SkyTrak Golf, the sales really took off. I always knew golf simulators would be a hit if the price was right. Originally I was selling them for $30,000 plus, and mostly to commercial ventures (like virtual golf bars) - but they actually didn’t do well at all and most closed down. Retail rents in Australian capital cities are crazy. In our Melbourne location, we were paying $360,000 per annum!

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Igor Vainshtien, on starting 24/7 Golf ($50,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a golf club brand ($6M/year)

Tyler Sullivan from Williston, Vermont, USA started BombTech Golf about 9 years ago, a golf club brand.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: Williston, Vermont, USA

I grew up playing golf and was obsessed with the game. After college, I started "competing" in long drive, which is like the home run derby of golf. I wasn’t that good, but I started assembling my own golf drivers and at one point had 30 golf drivers in my bag. I was always searching for more distance and performance.

I started out by wholesaling and building custom golf drivers, this was my proof of concept. Initially I sold very few, but I still remember the first time I got a sale notification on my cell phone, while being on my boat.

At that point I knew that this was my destiny. I just sold something, while I was on a boat!! My mind was completely blown.

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Tyler Sullivan, on starting BombTech Golf ($500,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a mini golf business

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4. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery over 3 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a sports coaching business ($57.1K/year)

Sarah Wolfer from Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic started Girl Boss Sports almost 2 years ago, a sports coaching business.

  • Revenue: $4,759/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Mariánské Lázně, Northwest, Czech Republic

As an athlete and coach myself, I have experienced many situations that left me feeling dismayed at the state of affairs for women and girls involved in sports. I recall one such instance where I was playing at a very competitive level and the head coach screamed at me from 2 inches away with every expletive he could think of in front of our entire team because I asked him a question about the drill that was being done. I still vividly remember the spittle flying out of his mouth and hitting me in the face and not knowing what to do. The powerlessness I felt at that moment, coupled with the lack of appropriate response by the system when I reported him left me feeling hopeless for my future in sports. I ended up quitting soccer and refused to touch a ball for an entire year.

On the coaching side - as someone with 16 years of experience now, there are still instances in which I am treated differently than my male counterparts. One such example was when I was on the sideline waiting for the referee to come over and check my team prior to the start of the game. I was dressed in my coaching attire, had the whistle around my neck, the clipboard in my hand, and the player cards ready to be presented when the referee walked over to our sideline. He made eye contact with me and then proceeded to walk over the dad who happened to be on our side tying his daughter’s shoe and assumed that he was the coach.

Take time for yourself! Being an entrepreneur is hard work and you can’t do it to the best of your ability if you haven’t taken time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate. Self-care is integral to success.

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Sarah Wolfer, on starting Girl Boss Sports ($4,759/month) full story ➜

6. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA

For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the idea of being a business owner. I’ve tried many businesses starting with my own DJ company. I got some business cards, printed them at Staples, passed them out, and waited for the calls.

It took a bit of time, but eventually, the calls started to come in and bookings started to happen. I did that for a couple of years until one of the DJ gigs some gangsters got into it and I was almost in the middle of a gang fight. Thank GOD things calmed down, but after that, I started looking for another business!

During this same time, the whole tech bubble was growing and I wanted a part of it. I took some coding classes in college and started using HTML to code my website from scratch. I kind of borrowed a lot of ideas from Yahoo but it was going to be mainly focused on my local city. I visited some businesses and got some of them to advertise. Things seemed to be going well when the bubble burst and I was once more left to venture out and look for something else.

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Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a brewery ($1.44M/year)

Diego Benitez from Los Angeles, California, USA started Progress Brewing about 7 years ago, a brewery.

  • Revenue: $120,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

I graduated with a PhD in chemistry in 2005 and after working in academia for a few years as a nanotechnology researcher, I joined a small angel venture investment firm as a technology analyst.

One option was to get a regular job, or… we could start a brewery.

I participated in the founding of a few angel-backed companies and as the venture fund dried up, I joined one of the portfolio companies as Chief Technology Officer. The company, Amicrobe, Inc. is focused on developing biomaterials to address antibiotic resistance.

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Diego Benitez, on starting Progress Brewing ($120,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a beverage company ($54K/year)

Aaron Weast from Portland, Oregon, USA started Drink Shrub almost 4 years ago, a beverage company.

  • Revenue: $4,500/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

In February of 2015 I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life. That was to enter a treatment program for alcohol addiction. I’d been struggling to contain and control my habit for a while, and everything I’d tried had failed. With an incredible amount of support from my family, I entered a treatment facility where I could focus on solving the problem once and for all.

When one’s focus is on a substance and how to get the next drink you put all of your life dreams on hold. Now that I had clarity of mind and energy to put toward living out my dreams it was time to get started. The first of my life dreams to tackle: entrepreneurship.

It is common for folks to have cathartic moments while going through such a significant life change. In my case, two things became acutely clear. First, I wanted to be a better person. In the recent past I’d been selfish and hurt a lot of people. I wanted not only to right the wrongs as much as possible but also pay forward what my support network had given me. So whatever I did, a portion of the proceeds would go toward an organization that helps folks in need - particularly those that don’t have the robust support network I do. I’m proud to say that since day one, Drink Shrub has donated a percentage of revenue to LifeWorksNW.

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Aaron Weast, on starting Drink Shrub ($4,500/month) full story ➜

9. Start a portable phone chargers business ($24K/year)

Chris Reimer from Saint Louis, Missouri, USA started Boosa Tech about 3 years ago, a portable phone chargers business.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Boosa is (for now) my side hustle. I do not consider myself an entrepreneur at heart; this stuff does NOT come natural to me, and I don’t typically feel a burning desire to leave whatever job I’m working. But Boosa was a business idea that I just had to execute on. I said to myself, “You’re going to regret it forever if you don’t do this.”

My first entrepreneurial experience was on the golf course directly behind my house. My younger brother and I would search the woods for lost golf balls, clean and scrub them, and sell them back to the golfers from our backyard on the 16th tee of the golf course. When you’re 10-15 years old making hundreds of dollars every weekend and you’re not selling weed, that’s something to be proud of! The golf course tried to shut us down, but the golfers loved our prices.

Boosa is (for now) my side hustle. I do not consider myself an entrepreneur at heart; this stuff does NOT come natural to me, and I don’t typically feel a burning desire to leave whatever job I’m working.

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Chris Reimer , on starting Boosa Tech ($2,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a short sleeve button down brand ($60K/year)

Steve Radke from New York, USA started Short Steve Button Downs almost 2 years ago, a short sleeve button down brand.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, USA

My backstory took a turn when I started this because I was working in commercial real estate and had no experience in the apparel or fashion industries. The abridged version is that I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I went to college at Villanova University and upon graduation in 2013, I took a job in Baltimore with a commercial real estate investment advisory firm.

I have no background in apparel or fashion, so I did what any millennial with a question does, I Googled it. I typed in ‘How to make a shirt?’

I lived in Baltimore for four and a half years before moving up to New York City in June 2018 to work for a commercial real estate development firm that constructed the building next to Katz’s Deli. In September 2018, while working my full-time role in real estate, I came up with the idea that would become Short Steve Button Downs. From there, I legally formed the company in January 2019 and quit my job in real estate in May 2019 in order to pursue this full-time.

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Steve Radke, on starting Short Steve Button Downs ($5,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start an online golf gear store

Examples of a successful online golf gear store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online golf gear store:

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12. Become a golf trainer

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13. Start a fitness facility ($240K/year)

Paul Dickey and Alec Abend from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada started Hexbox Fitness over 1 year ago, a fitness facility.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Growing up I was always the athletic kid who always had a little extra ‘love’ on him. I was constantly teased about my weight, but always laughed it off growing up. However, my 1st year of college was when I really let myself go. I bypassed right by the Freshman 15 and put on 40lbs. This led to a deep depression that was very hard for me to dig myself out of. Playing team sports I was familiar with working out, but it took me falling into that dark place to truly appreciate the importance of the gym; both for my physical and mental well-being.

I fell into the Fitness Industry in 2014 naturally, after being an active gym-goer. Over the next 5 years I moved my way up the food chain starting as a Membership Consultant (salesman) to the General Manager of the largest Health Club in the area with over 8,000 Members. Through this experience, I quickly realized the disconnect between our Club and Members on a personal level was not what I wanted for my career. I belonged to a CrossFit Box for years and even competed at a high level in my free time. I loved the community in the smaller facility and the results it got their Members. But I saw a need for a strength and conditioning based program that was geared to everyone. So many people are intimidated by the physical judgement of CrossFit and it keeps them from stepping into a box.

I saw the need for a Strength and Conditioning based program that catered to ALL! But combining this results driven class with the traditional 24 hour access for Members to do their own thing really put us in our own lane. This led to Hexbox® and HXBX®. Paul and I met at the Health Club I was working at before leaving to pursue my own Facility. When we quickly realized our goals and ambitions were well-aligned, we teamed up. The birth of HXBX® came very naturally and quickly after first discussing what we wanted to do.

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Paul Dickey and Alec Abend, on starting Hexbox Fitness ($20,000/month) full story ➜

14. Write a golf tips e-book ($120K/year)

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15. Start an online golf lessons business

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16. Start a golf school

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17. Start a golf course

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18. Start a golf club manufacturing company

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19. Start a discount golf equipment business

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20. Start a golf blog

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21. Start a golf advertising agency

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22. Start a golf podcast ($24K/year)

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23. Start a golf YouTube channel

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24. Start a sports betting company

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25. Start a driving range

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26. Start a golf apparel store

Examples of a successful golf apparel store:

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27. Start a golf course maintenance business

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28. Start a cigar business

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