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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

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 facilities like Topgolf, Drive Shack and BigShots to commercial simulator locations popping up around the country. So, how big can the off-course golf market get?
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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 answer might surprise. Here's what the golf industry has done to further reduce golf's water usage, increase efficiency and incorporate innovative technologies.
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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 to course supply, providing a holistic view of golf's health and vitality.
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The Modern-Day Bobby Jones

Thanks to the efforts of a passionate group of citizens, the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Atlanta has been transformed from “an obsolete, dangerous golf course” into one with a revolutionary reversible layout, state of the art practice facilities, and programming designed to grow the game of golf.

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February 2019 National Rounds Played

Rounds-played for February were down 12.1% nationally across the U.S., bringing the national, year-to-date total to -5.3% compared to a year ago.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Streaming Golf

Golf has considerable reach — with 107.5 million Americans (more than one-third of the U.S. population) either playing, watching or reading about the game. The number of people watching streaming coverage of golf tournaments continues to increase.

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Judy Rankin Receives 2019 Graffis Award

Judy Rankin is honored as 2019 recipient of the NGF’s Graffis Award for outstanding contributions to the game and business of golf.

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Golfers

How Celebrities Sell Golf

Some of the biggest stars in sports, music and Hollywood gravitate to golf in their...

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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...

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Take Action, Invite Her to The Course

NGF research finds that nearly 30% of non-golfing women are interested in picking up the...

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Golf Courses

A Mountain State ‘Muni’ Spreads Its Wings

An obstacle turned into an opportunity for this Montana municipal course, which re-imagined its clubhouse...

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New Home On the Range

Some golf facilities are looking to build their golfer base by creating engaging short courses...

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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...

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General Interest

Destination Golf

In an era when land is becoming increasingly valuable near major metropolitan centers, many golfers...

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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...

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Military Golf in the U.S.

Collectively, the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces operate more than 120 U.S. golf...

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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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