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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

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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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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NGF Releases 2018 Golf Participation and Facility Reports

A month after the release of the new Golf Industry Report, the NGF has issued the 2018 editions of Golf Participation in the U.S. and Golf Facilities in the U.S. are now available for download.

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Welcome Newbie!

While golf keeps introducing new players to the game, facilities need to do a better job making newcomers comfortable with the whole intimidating scene.

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How the American Development Model Can Grow Golf

A new athlete development model is being adapted for golf that will change how we introduce youngsters to the game — and develop golfers for life.

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The ‘Q’uestion

What percentage of “golf’s best customers” said they have watched golf instruction videos on a computer or mobile device in the past year?

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Golfers

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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Non-Traditional Golf Events Woo Millennials

In order to appeal to a younger demographic, some golf companies and courses are taking a non-traditional approach with their events.

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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

A Super’s View: After the U.S. Open

Shinnecock Hills’ recovery from hosting the U.S. Open may take considerably longer than many realize, particularly in the areas that were covered by grandstands, corporate tents and restroom facilities.

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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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When Nine is Fine

Nine-hole courses are golf’s sandlots, a breeding ground for future golfers and a farm team of sorts for future private-club membership rolls. They often serve as the foundation for learning the game, as well as its customs and etiquette.

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General Interest

NGF Issues 2018 Golf Industry Report

The National Golf Foundation’s Golf Industry Report consolidates many of the game’s key data points in a single publication and is intended to provide the most holistic view of the business of golf and the health of the game to stakeholders and the media.

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Golf Participation: Opportunity Knocks

In some ways, golf looks much as it did 20 to 25 years ago. The game is also different in many respects and participation is evolving. NGF President Joe Beditz weighs in on the changing face of golf, Millennials in the sport and generational risk.

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Golf is the No. 1 U.S. Sport… for Patents

When it comes to product innovation, no sport outpaces golf. Protecting intellectual property is crucial for the industry and it’s why there have been more than 22,000 patents related to golf filed over the past four decades.

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