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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

One Hole at a Time

One of the oft-repeated problems affecting participation is the time it takes to play. A number of companies have introduced systems that allow golfers to pay by the hole. It’s a way for golfers to potentially squeeze in some golf when they have a window. For facilities, it’s a chance to boost incremental revenue. So, are these “solutions” gaining traction?
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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 world’s 249 countries, according to the “Golf Around the World” report published by the R&A and based on NGF research.
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The PGA Merchandise Show – in Pictures

A visual look at the PGA Merchandise Show, the golf industry's annual "Major of Golf Business." The four-day event attracts more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to discover the newest trends and technology from more than 1,000 exhibiting golf companies and brands.
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Mike McCarley – President, GOLF, NBC Sports Group

Mike McCarley, who oversees all of NBC Sports’ golf-related businesses and content, talks about golf ratings, the impact of Tiger Woods’ return on television and the game overall, the future of streaming golf coverage, and the public appetite for the sport.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Professional Golf Instruction

The NGF’s latest research snapshot looks at how many golfers take instruction and how avidity plays a role.

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Weather to Play

Last year’s weather picture wasn’t a pretty one, particularly for golf. Rounds-played in the U.S. were down, year-over-year, in 10 of the first 11 months in 2018, affected in large part by colder weather and heavier precipitation than normal during the busiest months for golf.

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December 2018 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for December 2018 were down 7.7% nationally compared to the previous December. For the full year, play was down 4.8% overall from 2017.

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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...

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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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How Celebrities Sell Golf

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

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Golf Courses

Golf’s New Courses for 2019

The start of a new year is a time for optimism and to look forward...

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Inside an $11 Million Maui Makeover

Maui’s Plantation Course is shutting down for a nine-month renovation in February. In the short...

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The ROI on Course Renovations

The biggest form of investment for golf facilities over the past decade — and particularly...

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General Interest

From Tequila to Golf Balls

After building Patron into the world’s biggest ultra-premium tequila brand, Ed Brown is hoping for...

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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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Destination Golf

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

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NGF News & Reports

GolfMAP – Explained

GolfMAP is one of the most robust data-driven analytical tools available to NGF members, delivering...

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NGF Issues 2018 Golf Industry Report

The National Golf Foundation’s Golf Industry Report consolidates many of the game’s key data points...

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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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