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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Youth Caddie Academies – A Growing Niche

In an era when most teenagers would rather pick up a phone than a golf bag, youth caddying has been fighting to stay as relevant as it was in years past. However, organizations like the Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy, Youth on Course Caddie Academy and the Western Golf Association’s Carry the Game advocacy group are helping to put more bags on more shoulders every year.
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Motor City Magic

The story of public golf in Detroit hasn’t been so rosy in recent years, but three area courses are rewriting their history. At Rackham, Chandler and Rouge Park, revenue is up 27% since last year. Here are some reasons why.
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Better Understanding Municipal Golf

There's often surprise expressed by journalists, politicians and the general public that a municipal golf course, or system of courses, might actually “lose” money for a government entity. But making money isn't the primary motivation that drives a municipality to offer golf as recreation for its residents. Still, the reality is that the majority – about 67 percent -- of public-agency golf courses and facilities report making enough revenue to cover all on-site operating expenses.
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June 2019 National Rounds Played Report

Total rounds played in June 2019 were unchanged from a year ago, though play was actually up in six of the eight geographic regions nationwide. The national year-to-date total actually improved slightly and is down -1% at the midpoint of the calendar year.

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What Should Operators Consider in a Golf App?

Gallus Golf CEO Jason Wilson opines on the most important things course operators should consider before telling golfers to download a golf app.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Family Golf

Almost two-thirds of golfers say they played a round of golf with a family member last year.

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NGF Appoints David Lorentz as Chief Research Officer

David Lorentz has been appointed NGF’s Chief Research Officer, assuming responsibility for the overall leadership of NGF’s most important core business.

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Golfers

Golf Participation Shows Positive Trends

The NGF’s annual Participation Report provides the latest data on golfers both on and off...

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Measuring Golfer Dedication

Customer satisfaction, the likelihood to recommend and the likelihood to return are the three pillars...

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The Good and Bad of Strong Latent Demand

Latent demand is a measure of “non-golfers” who say they’re interested in playing golf —...

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Golf Courses

Better Understanding Municipal Golf

There’s often surprise expressed by journalists, politicians and the general public that a municipal golf...

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Not All Golf Course Closures Are Failures

The closing of a popular or once-popular golf course isn’t typically celebrated, but the reality...

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Facilities vs Courses: What’s the Difference?

The terms “facility” and “course” are occasionally used interchangeably both in and out of the...

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General Interest

Golf’s Online Economy

The Internet is changing sales tactics everywhere and as Amazon becomes a bigger force in...

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Millennials in Golf – as Business Owners

Young adults remain a major part of golf’s participant base, with a pool of about...

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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...

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NGF News & Reports

NGF’s 2019 Golf Facilities Report

The NGF’s annual Facilities Report provides a comprehensive overview of golf facility supply in the...

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NGF Releases 2019 Golf Industry Report

The NGF’s annual Golf Industry Report consolidates many of the game’s key metrics, from participation...

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NGF Releases 2018 Rounds-Played Summary

The National Rounds Played Summary provides an overview of the total number of rounds of...

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