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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Golf’s Biggest Outside Investors

Golf is a game perfectly suited to corporate sponsorship. The game's biggest outside investors -- non-endemics like Rolex, AT&T, FedEx, Charles Schwab and Mastercard -- devote million of dollars in golf sponsorship every year.
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Why a Top 100 Golf Company Changed Business Models

A changing golf travel marketplace inspired Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday's recent transformation into a new entity called Golf Tourism Solutions. Here's Bill Golden's vision for the company.
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New Home On the Range

Some golf facilities are looking to build their golfer base by creating engaging short courses -- right on existing driving ranges.
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NGF Releases 2018 Golf Participation and Facility Reports

A month after the release of the new Golf Industry Report, the NGF has issued the 2018 editions of Golf Participation in the U.S. and Golf Facilities in the U.S. are now available for download.

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Welcome Newbie!

While golf keeps introducing new players to the game, facilities need to do a better job making newcomers comfortable with the whole intimidating scene.

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How the American Development Model Can Grow Golf

A new athlete development model is being adapted for golf that will change how we introduce youngsters to the game — and develop golfers for life.

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The ‘Q’uestion

What percentage of “golf’s best customers” said they have watched golf instruction videos on a computer or mobile device in the past year?

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Ask the NGF

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Golfers

Get Motivated: Growing Women’s Golf

One in a series of informational NGF stories focused on industry exemplars that are designed to help readers Get Smart and Get Motivated.

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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 players was 23.8 million last year. Like many forms of entertainment, however, the traditional game continues to evolve given the demands like work and family. It’s why off-course participation is growing.

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How Technology is Changing a Traditional Game

From Topgolf, Toptracer and Trackman to Arccos and 18Birdies, technology is helping golfers improve and have more fun.

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Golf Courses

Municipal Golf’s High-Water Mark

There may be no better time to be a municipal golfer. The NGF’s recently-released 2018 Golf Facilities in the U.S. report counts a record number of 2,497 municipal courses in the U.S.

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Golf and Housing – A Challenged Partnership

As some golf communities have matured, new generations of homeowners seem less interested in golf and, as a result, certain courses began to struggle. The number one issue now facing NGF’s consulting practice is helping to resolve conflict between golf community residents and course owners.

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A Bay Area Public Golf Gem Emerges

The Bay Area of San Francisco is known for its exclusive private golf options and premium public facilities. In Bayland Golf Links, the area is finally getting the high-quality, affordable public option it has needed. NGF Consulting gives an inside look at a special municipal course rebirth.

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General Interest

NGF Releases 2018 Golf Participation and Facility Reports

A month after the release of the new Golf Industry Report, the NGF has issued the 2018 editions of Golf Participation in the U.S. and Golf Facilities in the U.S. are now available for download.

2 min read

How the American Development Model Can Grow Golf

A new athlete development model is being adapted for golf that will change how we introduce youngsters to the game — and develop golfers for life.

3 min read

Golf Participation: Opportunity Knocks

In some ways, golf looks much as it did 20 to 25 years ago. The game is also different in many respects and participation is evolving. NGF President Joe Beditz weighs in on the changing face of golf, Millennials in the sport and generational risk.

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