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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

A Mountain State ‘Muni’ Spreads Its Wings

An obstacle turned into an opportunity for this Montana municipal course, which re-imagined its clubhouse to create year-round revenue and engage the local community.
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Troon’s Transition

Dana Garmany has created a legacy of success during almost 30 years leading Troon Golf and now turns over the reins to the world’s largest golf management company to Tim Schantz.
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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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Callaway President and CEO Chip Brewer

Callaway President Chip Brewer talks about the future of golf club design, connecting with consumers through social media marketing, pricing in the premium equipment market, and Callaway’s diversification and evolution into an active lifestyle company.

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January 2019 National Rounds Played

National rounds-played were up 2.8% in January 2019 compared to the same period a year ago. It’s a positive start to the year after 11 of 12 months in 2018 were marked by year-over-year declines in play largely due to an increased incidence in unfavorable weather.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Golf in Schools

Research shows introducing kids to golf at an early age positively influences their perceptions about golf and generates interest in the game. Here’s a look at how many kids have been exposed to golf in school programs.

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New Golf Courses for 2019

A new year is a time for optimism and to look forward to what’s to come in the months ahead. The NGF’s facility database shows at least 18 U.S. facilities are scheduled to open either 9- or 18-hole courses this year. Here are some of the notable openings scheduled for 2019.

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Golfers

The Bridge Built for Golf

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

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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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Get Smart: Junior Golf

TGA Premier Golf is seeking to shape participation in golf through its after-school golf enrichment...

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Golf Courses

Golf’s Social Circle

Golfers are increasingly staying connected with their favorite courses through social media, particularly among the...

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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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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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General Interest

Weather to Play

Last year’s weather picture wasn’t a pretty one, particularly for golf. Rounds-played in the U.S....

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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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The PGA Merchandise Show – in Pictures

A visual look at the PGA Merchandise Show, the golf industry’s annual “Major of Golf...

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NGF News & Reports

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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GolfMAP – Explained

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

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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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