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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

NGF’s 2019 Golf Facilities Report

The NGF's annual Facilities Report provides a comprehensive overview of golf facility supply in the U.S., the world’s best-supplied golf market.
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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 is that not every golf course is destined to live forever. In some cases, a golf course served its purpose and its remnants will reward its users equally well, or even better. For some course owners, selling is a long-planned exit strategy.
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Exploring ‘Latent Demand’

Latent demand is a measure of "non-golfers" who say they're interested in playing golf -- a number that's risen to 14.7 million. But how many have some previous experience versus none at all? And how can the industry bring back those who have played before and welcome more beginners?
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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 golf industry, but they can be quite different. Throughout the years, many media outlets have taken the NGF’s total number for facilities and conflated that with courses even though these two counts are more than 2,000 apart. Why are there two different measures?

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NGF Research Snapshot: Mini-Golf

Miniature golf remains a popular pastime for family and friends, though it’s not as in demand as traditional golf, which was played by more than 24 million Americans last year.

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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 golf played throughout the U.S. in 2018.

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March 2019 National Rounds Played Report

Rounds-played for March were almost unchanged nationally from a year ago, improving the year-to-date total to -2.7% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

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Golfers

Off-Course Golf: How Big Can It Get?

The number of off-course golf participants and off-course venues continues to grow, from golf entertainment...

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NGF Research Snapshot: What Are Golfers Buying?

From clubs and bags to balls and shoes, here is what golfers have spent their...

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The Bridge Built for Golf

Separated by only about 85 miles in New York, The Bridge and the Bridge Learning...

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Golf Courses

The Modern-Day Bobby Jones

Thanks to the efforts of a passionate group of citizens, the Bobby Jones Golf Course...

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Driving Revenues with New Approaches

With the success of Topgolf and the increasing consumption of golf in non-traditional formats, many...

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A Course by Any Other Name

What’s in a name? The Shore Club, Cobblestone Creek and Bluestone are among a host...

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General Interest

Q&A: Discovery Golf President Alex Kaplan

Discovery Golf President Alex Kaplan talks about the company’s major push into the golf media...

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Golf Uses Less Water Than You Think

What percentage of water used for irrigation in the U.S. goes to golf courses? The...

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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 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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R&A’s Golf Around the World Report

There are almost 39,000 golf courses worldwide, with a global reach into 209 of the...

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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...

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