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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Course Openings That Bucked the Trend

It’s undeniable there have been more golf course closures than openings in the U.S. over the past 13 years. But do you realize that more than 720 golf courses have opened around the country during that period? That total, during what’s looked at as a “down period” for the industry, is more than the entire golf course supply in nations such as Scotland, Ireland, Spain and South Africa.
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Golf’s Online Economy

The Internet is changing sales tactics everywhere and as Amazon becomes a bigger force in retail, it is affecting nearly every vertical and category -- golf included.
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Golf Participation Shows Positive Trends

The NGF's annual Participation Report provides the latest data on golfers both on and off the course, including detailed information on segments such as beginners, women, non-Caucasian, juniors and a closer look at the growing pool of non-golfers who say they’re very interested in playing the game now.
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Golfer Dedication

Customer satisfaction, the likelihood to recommend and the likelihood to return are the three pillars of customer loyalty research. They’re also the key components to the NGF’s new Golfer Dedication measure, which was introduced as a way to quantify the commitment of golf’s customers.

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NGF Research Snapshot: 9-Hole Golf

Did you know approximately a quarter of all rounds played in the U.S. are of the nine-hole variety? This month’s NGF research graphic takes a closer look at 9-hole golf.

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Off-Course Specialty Retail Report Is Released

NGF’s annual update on off-course golf retail store supply tracks the changes in number of doors and square footage of regional/independent and national retailers.

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May 2019 National Rounds Played Report

May rounds of golf were down 5.4% from a year ago, affected in large part by increased precipitation in many regions of the U.S. The decline dropped the national, year-to-date total through May to -1.3% compared to 2018.

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Golfers

Q&A: Club Champion Co-Founder Nick Sherburne

Nick Sherburne, one of the co-founders of Club Champion, sits down for a Q&A on...

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Exploring ‘Latent Demand’

Latent demand is a measure of “non-golfers” who say they’re interested in playing golf —...

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How Celebrities Sell Golf

Some of the biggest stars in sports, music and Hollywood gravitate to golf in their...

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Golf Courses

Better Understanding Municipal Golf

There’s often surprise expressed by journalists, politicians and the general public that a municipal golf...

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Not All Golf Course Closures Are Failures

The closing of a popular or once-popular golf course isn’t typically celebrated, but the reality...

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Facilities vs Courses: What’s the Difference?

The terms “facility” and “course” are occasionally used interchangeably both in and out of the...

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General Interest

Parlaying Passion Into a Golf Career

The founder and CEO of GOLFTEC, Joe Assell offers insights on building a successful golf...

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Golf Uses Less Water Than You Think

What percentage of water used for irrigation in the U.S. goes to golf courses? The...

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From Tequila to Golf Balls

After building Patron into the world’s biggest ultra-premium tequila brand, Ed Brown is hoping for...

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NGF News & Reports

NGF’s 2019 Golf Facilities Report

The NGF’s annual Facilities Report provides a comprehensive overview of golf facility supply in the...

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NGF Releases 2019 Golf Industry Report

The NGF’s annual Golf Industry Report consolidates many of the game’s key metrics, from participation...

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NGF Releases 2018 Rounds-Played Summary

The National Rounds Played Summary provides an overview of the total number of rounds of...

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