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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

The ‘Q’uestion
July 2018

by Erik Matuszewski

July 2018

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 Matuszewski

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.