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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone in the Business of Golf

A Course by Any Other Name

What's in a name? The Shore Club, Cobblestone Creek and Bluestone are among a host of aging private facilities that underwent a full re-brand, and substantial investment, in order to appeal to wider pool of golfers and entice the next generation of members.
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Get Smart: Junior Golf

TGA Premier Golf is seeking to shape participation in golf through its after-school golf enrichment programs and, perhaps just as importantly, what happens next.
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New Home On the Range

Some golf facilities are looking to build their golfer base by creating engaging short courses -- right on existing driving ranges.
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The ‘Q’uestion

The August ‘Q’uestion: How much land in the contiguous U.S. is devoted to golf courses?

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Golf’s Legal Corner

Do courses have a duty to protect golfers from yellow jackets? Is a golf cart driver liable for running down his playing partner? Can a creditor force a golfer’s to resign from his club? See the latest legal questions facing facilities and golfers.

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Tariffs on Chinese Products Could Affect Golf Industry, From Hats to Bags

Some sectors of the golf industry could be affected by proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of U.S. imports from China, among them golf bags, hats and mower parts.

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June 2018 National Rounds Played

While rounds-played in June were down a modest 1.2% compared to a year ago, the national year-to-date total improved to -3.3%.

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Ask the NGF

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Golfers

Get Motivated: Growing Women’s Golf

One in a series of informational NGF stories focused on industry exemplars that are designed to help readers Get Smart and Get Motivated.

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Straying Off-Course with Golf Participation

Golf remains one of the most popular U.S. participation sports and the number of green-grass players was 23.8 million last year. Like many forms of entertainment, however, the traditional game continues to evolve given the demands like work and family. It’s why off-course participation is growing.

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How Technology is Changing a Traditional Game

From Topgolf, Toptracer and Trackman to Arccos and 18Birdies, technology is helping golfers improve and have more fun.

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Golf Courses

Municipal Golf’s High-Water Mark

There may be no better time to be a municipal golfer. The NGF’s recently-released 2018 Golf Facilities in the U.S. report counts a record number of 2,497 municipal courses in the U.S.

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Golf and Housing – A Challenged Partnership

As some golf communities have matured, new generations of homeowners seem less interested in golf and, as a result, certain courses began to struggle. The number one issue now facing NGF’s consulting practice is helping to resolve conflict between golf community residents and course owners.

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A Bay Area Public Golf Gem Emerges

The Bay Area of San Francisco is known for its exclusive private golf options and premium public facilities. In Bayland Golf Links, the area is finally getting the high-quality, affordable public option it has needed. NGF Consulting gives an inside look at a special municipal course rebirth.

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General Interest

Why a Top 100 Golf Company Changed Business Models

A changing golf travel marketplace inspired Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s recent transformation into a new entity called Golf Tourism Solutions. Here’s Bill Golden’s vision for the company.

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Golf’s Biggest Outside Investors

Golf is a game perfectly suited to corporate sponsorship. The game’s biggest outside investors — non-endemics like Rolex, AT&T, FedEx, Charles Schwab and Mastercard — devote millions of dollars in golf sponsorship every year.

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Leaders in Their Field: Women in Golf

The Q spoke to several influential women about their connection to golf, their careers, and what the industry can do to get more girls and women into the game.

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