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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

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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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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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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Following the (Golf) Trail that Started them All

The RTJ Golf Trail has helped boost the Alabama economy through golf tourism and travel. It’s also set the standard for dozens of golf trails that have followed across the U.S., marrying marketing efforts and co-opetition to boost visibility and, hopefully, the bottom line.

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VIDEO: Teed Up With… Toro’s Bill Brown

Bill Brown, Group Vice President for The Toro Company, talks about his time in the golf industry, challenges for course operators and advancements in turfcare technology.

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February 2018 National Rounds Played

February rounds-played were down 8.5% across the U.S., bringing the national, year-to-date total to -7.2% compared to a year ago. Much of the country was still in the off-season in February, facing cooler temperatures and greater precipitation than the same period in 2017.

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The ‘Q’uestion

As the golf season kicks into full swing in most regions of the country, the NGF asked what percentage of occasional golfers have their own set of clubs.

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Golfers

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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The Odds of Becoming a Junior Golfer and the Influence of a Parent Who Plays

Tony Finau had a 1-in-250 chance of becoming a golfer. Not a pro, but even playing the game at all. Here’s why.

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How Golf Leagues Create ‘Appointment Golf’ and Boost the Bottom Line

The Pirate League has transformed Monday nights at Goat Hill Park in California.

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Golf Courses

The $9 Billion Market Under Golfers’ Feet

The essentials needed for course preparation add up to big business. It’s why 18 turf and course suppliers can be found among the NGF GOLF 100.

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Professional Course Management: Growing Market has Ample ‘White Space’

The number of U.S. golf facilities working with professional management companies has increased from 10.6 percent in 2006 to about 16 percent currently.

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Golf’s Movers and Shapers – Architects are Staying Busy with Renovations

Although the building of new golf courses has slowed in recent years, here’s how architects are staying busy.

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General Interest

The NGF’s Inaugural Top 100 Businesses in Golf: from Acushnet to Yamaha

The NGF GOLF 100 was created to recognize and celebrate the most successful, influential and innovative companies, organizations and associations in golf.

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Simulated Golf, Real Results: Off-Course Participation Helps Drive Engagement

Indoor golf on simulators can be quicker, less intimidating for newcomers, and embraces the desire of some to stay connected to the world at large.

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NGF’s New Golf Industry Report to be Released in May

The NGF’s new Golf Industry Report – a comprehensive state-of-the-industry overview – is scheduled for a May 2 release at the NGF’s annual Golf Business Symposium.

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