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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

NGF New Members – November 2020

by National Golf Foundation

December 2020

The NGF is excited to welcome the newest members to our community, a diverse group that spans all sectors of the golf industry.

These businesses and individuals share a common vision of being the most well-informed advocates for the growth of the game. Their membership, like many others, helps to underwrite the many research projects, publications and initiatives that NGF produces and undertakes on behalf of golf. Welcome!

FACILITY MEMBERS

Pryor Creek Golf Club

Pryor Creek is a municipal facility in Northeast Oklahoma, just under an hour east of Tulsa that has an 18-hole course, a well-designed driving range, well-stocked pro shop and inviting lounge area. Several high school teams practice at Pryor Creek, which has played host to numerous junior state golf championships and appeals to players of all ages. Families find golf at Pryor Creek a great way to grow closer, business associates find common ground, and the affordability means more golf for everyone.

Sunset Valley Golf Club

Sunset Valley Golf Course is regarded as one of the premier golf courses in New Jersey. The par-70, 6,483-yard layout is consistently rated among the best Public Courses in New Jersey with four stars from Golf Digest’s “Best Place to Play,” one of the “Top 100 Must Play Courses” by Golf Styles Magazine, and is the recipient of a “Top Women-Friendly Courses Award” by Golf For Women magazine.

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club

St. Andrews is a 36-hole public golf facility in West Chicago that is among the city’s oldest family-run businesses, with roots dating back to the late 1920s. The commitment of the Jemsek family has earned St. Andrews numerous awards for course popularity and its banquet and golf outing programs. The facility has a practice facility ranked No. 1 in Chicago, while St. Andrews was named the 2011 Illinois Family Business of the Year for its efforts to promote junior golf. The two layouts are the St. Andrews course and the Joe Jemsek course, which is named after the former PGA pro who gained fame in the 1930’s as the long drive champion at Chicago’s World’s Fair. Jemsek is also the son-in-law of course founder Frank Hough and built his company, Jemsek Golf, around bringing private club services to public golfers.

BUSINESS MEMBERS

Buy Sod, Inc.

Buy Sod grows more turfgrass varieties than any other sod grower in the Carolinas or Virginia, with a network of seven sod farms that cover thousands of acres and a range of hardiness zones and soil types. Headquartered in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the company offers turfgrass solutions for golf courses as well as sports fields, lawns and landscapes, commercial properties, parks, cemeteries or roadside right-of-ways. In the golf industry, Buy Sod offers numerous turfgrass varieties for geographic locales as well as for each area of a course.

Down to Earth

Down to Earth is a leading full-service landscape, irrigation and landscape construction company proudly serving multiple regions across Florida,  specializing in large-scale commercial, residential, and resort services. The company’s golf division, DTE Golf, provides maintenance and management services for more than 600 holes in Florida and beyond, helping its clients boost play and revenue by an average of 15% to 20%.

Golf Surprize

This upstart company is partnering with golf courses to offer golfers prizes between $20 and $500 for memorable experiences — good or bad. With instant prizes for shots and scores, Golf Surprize gets customers to play more, pay more, enter more competitions, and spend more at a facility — all actions that increase revenue and build customer loyalty. The platform has demonstrated it can help facilities grow their customer database three times its current size.

GOLFZON America Inc.

GOLFZON simulators made the playing of indoor “screen golf” a sensation in South Korea, with cafes become social hubs that attract participants of all ages. With its convergence of golf, technology and culture, the company has extended its reach to the U.S. with indoor simulators and standalone sports entertainment complexes like its Zstrict brand. More than 59 million rounds of golf are played annually on the company’s simulators worldwide.

Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association 

Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is one of the world’s leading golf destinations and the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association offers a golf passbook that provides outstanding golf — at 29 participating courses from Hilton Head to the surrounding Lowcountry — for one great price. The LGCOA Golf Passbook allows golfers to save between $15 and $100 per round with minimal restrictions.

On the Green CBD

On the Green DBD seeks to position itself as the authority of CBD wellness for golfers of all ages and abilities all around the world, and is well-positioned to do so. The company was founded by a father-son duo of passionate golfers: Neil, a career entrepreneur who led several start-ups and spent decades developing sales operations around the world; and Nick, a former mini-tour player who got a degree in Golf Management from the Golf Academy of America before working for the world’s largest CBD company as an international senior account manager. In 2019, the two started On The Green CBD, recognizing the potential for CBD within the golf industry.

Pitch Marketing Group Limited

One of the pioneers of sport and entertainment marketing in the U.K., Pitch is a creative agency with three divisions — Partnerships, PR and Productions — that offer expertise across sponsorship, communications, digital, social, influencer marketing, design and content production. The company’s clients range from Red Bull, Tag Heuer and Ferrari to the NBA and the PGA TOUR.

Spiio

Spiio is on the forefront of pioneering new in-ground data to aid the decision making of turfgrass professionals, irrigation experts, farmers and the entire green industry. The company has wireless sensors that can provide golf course superintendents with soil moisture, temperature, salinity and light data from the ground hour-by-hour around the clock.

YourGolfClub.Online 

YourGolfClub.Online is a membership program that offers VIP rates to golfers at participating golf resorts across the U.S., increasing exposure and revenue for resorts and discount rates for members. Also included in the program are golf teaching professional training (technical, mental and physical), as well as discounts on golf products and services.

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National Golf Foundation

The National Golf Foundation is a community of individuals and golf businesses committed to being the most well-informed advocates for the growth of the industry. With the world’s largest research team dedicated to golf, NGF provides members with the most accurate and objective insights on the game. We help golf businesses better understand their market and grow their businesses. The NGF is the only association for everyone in golf, and we advocate for growth by educating and connecting our members.

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The National Golf Foundation is a community of individuals and golf businesses committed to being the most well-informed advocates for the growth of the industry.

With the world’s largest research team dedicated to golf, NGF provides members with the most accurate and objective insights on the game. We help golf businesses better understand their market and grow their businesses. The NGF is the only association for everyone in golf, and we advocate for growth by educating and connecting our members.

Thousands of members throughout the golf community continue to support NGF initiatives and have privileged access to a catalog of NGF research reports, including the Golf Industry Report, as well as more in-depth individual studies on golf participation and facilities.

Readers who enjoy and benefit from the NGF’s unique research, data and perspective are encouraged to consider a variety of membership options and levels starting at $250 annually for a golf facility and $550 a year for a golf business.

If interested, please contact Sandi at swilliams@ngf.org or 561-354-1617.