The retail market in golf continues to evolve, with a shift toward increased online sales causing significant changes much like those seen in other industries.
How many off-course golf specialty stores — traditional brick-and-mortar businesses like PGA TOUR Superstore, Golf Galaxy and the Worldwide Golf family of brands — are there in the U.S. right now?
Answer: There were 678 golf specialty retail locations spread throughout the country in 2017, down 5.6% from a year earlier.
The numbers don’t include online golf retailers, specialty fitting operations like Club Champion or sporting goods retailers like DICK’S. More information about off-course specialty golf retail can be found in the NGF’s latest report update, which members can download here.
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Erik is the Editorial Director for the NGF. Before joining the National Golf Foundation, he spent more than two decades with Bloomberg News, both as a writer and editor, with a focus on sports business and the golf industry. The New Jersey resident has also written about golf for outlets that include Forbes, LINKS and the Met Golfer.