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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Better Understanding Municipal Golf

There's often surprise expressed by journalists, politicians and the general public that a municipal golf course, or system of courses, might actually “lose” money for a government entity. But making money isn't the primary motivation that drives a municipality to offer golf as recreation for its residents. Still, the reality is that the majority – about 67 percent -- of public-agency golf courses and facilities report making enough revenue to cover all on-site operating expenses.
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A Texas Muni Back from the Brink

Rockwood Park appeared headed for the same fate as two other Fort Worth municipal golf courses that closed, with no significant capital improvements over his 80-year history and deteriorating conditions that led to declines in revenue and rounds-played. Today, a $5 million renovation project is paying off -- both for the city and golfers in the community.
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NGF’s 2019 Participation Report

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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Isao Aoki on the State of Japanese Golf

Japan’s global golf ambassador, Isao Aoki attended the NGF’s Golf Business Symposium to share an insider’s look on the state of the game and the business of golf in Japan.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Fantasy Golf

While fantasy leagues and pools aren’t as common for golf as they are for football, they continue to gain popularity — both among golfers and non-golfers. Here’s a look at how many Americans made golf picks last year.

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Q&A: PGA TOUR Superstore President & CEO Dick Sullivan

PGA TOUR Superstore President Dick Sullivan is the first executive from the golf retail side of the industry to ever serve as chairman of the NGF’s Board of Directors. In an in-depth Q&A, Sullivan talks about Superstore’s momentum and growth, the evolution of golf retail, the impact of Amazon and EBay on golf, and challenges facing the golf industry.

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April 2019 National Rounds Played Report

Rounds-played were up 6.8% in April compared to a year earlier thanks to warmer temperatures in many northern parts of the country. Through the first four months of 2019, total play is up 1% year-over-year.

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Golfers

Exploring ‘Latent Demand’

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

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Off-Course Golf: How Big Can It Get?

The number of off-course golf participants and off-course venues continues to grow, from golf entertainment...

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NGF Research Snapshot: Mini-Golf

Miniature golf remains a popular pastime for family and friends, though it’s not as in...

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Golf Courses

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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The Modern-Day Bobby Jones

Thanks to the efforts of a passionate group of citizens, the Bobby Jones Golf Course...

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General Interest

Q&A: Discovery Golf President Alex Kaplan

Discovery Golf President Alex Kaplan talks about the company’s major push into the golf media...

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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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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...

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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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