Disc Golf in Finland – statistics

Statistics, surveys and studies about disc golf in Finland

FDGA in Numbers

FDGA Member Club Membership 2009-2021

2009: 692
2010: 881
2011: 1204
2012: 1452
2013: 2116
2014: 3373
2015: 4647
2016: 5105
2017: 5358
2018: 4933 (switched to a new membership service)
2019: 5636
2020: 6518
2021: 10188

FDGA Membership Growth by Member Type 2019-2021

 

FDGA Member Clubs

2009: 14
2010: 19
2011: 24
2012: 35
2013: 53
2014: 78
2015: 95
2016: 119
2017: 139
2018: 150
2019: 163
2020: 170
2021: 179

FDGA Sanctioned Events

Year total events total participants single events National Championships ProTour Am-tour Am1-tour Am2-tour Amateur Series PDGA League -rounds
2014 85 6567 72 5 4 4       6
2015 160 10646 110 5 4   5 20   16
2016 254 14670 157 5 4   5 32   46
2017 258 16228 170 5 4   5 16   51
2018 266 16636 195 7 4 8 defunct defunct 4 48
2019 339 18255 229 7 4 16     6 78
2020 242 15209 188 7 5       6 37

Note: 2020 had severe restrictions for events due to covid-19

Finnish PDGA Members

1999: 8
2000: 4
2001: 14
2002: 11
2003: 8
2004: 12
2005: 58
2006: 107
2007: 208
2008: 284
2009: 354
2010: 428
2011: 509
2012: 579
2013: 718
2014: 1018
2015: 1620
2016: 2403
2017: 2754
2018: 2830
2019: 3096
2020: 3200
2021: 4207 (as of 24 November)

Most Top Level Players in Finland

According to Ultiworld Disc Golf (2020), ”Finland is the leader in producing 1000+ rated players per capita”. Finland had clearly more male players with a rating of 1000+ and female players with a rating of 900+ per capita than any other nation.

Sources:
https://discgolf.ultiworld.com/2021/01/25/the-geography-of-mpo-player-ratings/
https://discgolf.ultiworld.com/2021/01/25/the-geography-of-fpo-player-ratings/


Recreational Disc Golf in Finland

Research Institute for Olympic Sports – Recreational Sports in Adults (2018)

The 2018 showed that 263 000 Finnish adults play disc golf annually and 49 000 play on a weekly basis.

The average distance to a place of practice was 3,7 kilometers (2,3 miles). Nearly half of disc golfers (47 %) go to play disc golf on foot or by bicycle.

Source: https://www.urheilututkimukset.fi/web/publications/7422/

Disc Golf is a Favorite Sport in Schools

According to a 2020 school study by the Ministry of Education and Culture disc golf the 2nd most wanted activity for 14-16 year old boys and among the most wanted for all school children.  28 % of all children wanted to play disc golf if it was available at their school.

This study was a part of the Finnish Model the main objective of which is to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. The aim is to enable every child and young person to have a leisure activity in connection with the school day that they enjoy and one that is free of charge.

Source: Koululaiskysely 2020

 

Disc Golf is the Most Cost-Effective Sport for Communities

According to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland report (2013) the overall costs per user are the lower in disc golf than in any other sport.

Lähde: https://issuu.com/turunliikunta/docs/liikuntapaikkasuunnitelma_2029/1?ff

Disc Golf Courses in Finland

Kuva: DiscGolfPark
Lähde: Frisbeegolfradat.fi

A Million People are Interested in Disc Golf

According to the Sponsor Navigator 2021 survey, 700 000 adults in Finland are interested in disc golf. Combined with the school study, it is safe to say that a total of 1 million people are interested in disc golf (~20 % of the population). Out of 18-44 year olds surveyed 1 in 4 are interested in disc golf and of 18-29 year olds more than 1 in 3.

700 000 frisbeegolfista kiinnostunutta täysi-ikäistä