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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

How Celebrities Sell Golf

Some of the biggest stars in sports, music and Hollywood gravitate to golf in their free time and after their professional careers. See how these high-profile participants are affecting public perception of this game of a lifetime and showing that “golf is cool.”
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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 golf course operators are seeking ways to re-create the atmosphere and excitement that these off-course venues provide. Here's a closer look inside one example that's engaging more customers while beefing up the bottom line.
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NGF Adds to Diverse Board of Directors

The National Golf Foundation added four new members to its Board of Directors this year, appointments that embody the NGF’s unique standing as the only trade organization that works with every sector within the golf industry.
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September 2018 National Rounds Played

  Rounds of golf for September 2018 were down 7.2% compared to a year ago due to heavier-than-normal precipitation levels in many regions of the United States. It’s been the continuation of a trend that’s had an impact for much of the year, and the national year-to-date rounds-played total is -3.3% through September. Six of…

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NGF Adds to Diverse Board of Directors

The National Golf Foundation added four new members to its Board of Directors this year, appointments that embody the NGF’s unique standing as the only trade organization that works with every sector within the golf industry.

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NGF Releases Golf Media Report on Consumer Engagement

The NGF’s latest Golf Media Report examines the widespread nature of golf media and explores the demographics of consumers who engage with the game on TV, in print and online.

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Eddy Lui – 18Birdies, CEO and Founder

Q&A with Eddy Lui, who founded mobile golf technology company 18Birdies in 2011 after a successful career building and growing technology startups. The platform is one of the fastest-growing technologies in golf.

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Golfers

September 2018 National Rounds Played

  Rounds of golf for September 2018 were down 7.2% compared to a year ago…

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The Bridge Built for Golf

Separated by only about 85 miles in New York, The Bridge and the Bridge Learning Center occupy vastly different worlds but share a bond built around golf.

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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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Golf Courses

The ROI on Course Renovations

The biggest form of investment for golf facilities over the past decade — and particularly since the Great Recession — has been course restorations and renovations. So, just what are these properties seeing in return?

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Golf’s Social Circle

Golfers are increasingly staying connected with their favorite courses through social media, particularly among the younger generation. What are facilities (and brands) doing to keep pace with this trend and stay relevant?

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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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General Interest

Giving Back to Golf

PGA TOUR Superstore has one of the strongest trajectories in the game, with plans to hit 50 locations by 2020. The company is also focusing on introducing more people to the game, increasing participation and enhancing engagement.

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Destination Golf

In an era when land is becoming increasingly valuable near major metropolitan centers, many golfers are eager to get off the beaten path to find great golf. Here’s a look at how some of these destination properties have found success.

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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 courses. If the individual branches were grouped together to form a single management company, it would rank among the top five in the country, behind only the game’s biggest multi-course operators such as Troon, ClubCorp, Billy Casper and KemperSports.

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