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Patrick Leahy, Associate Publisher and Vice President of Revenue
Gerry Ahern, Editor-in-Chief
Founded in 1975, Golfweek was purchased by Gannett in 2016 from Turnstile Media Group and became part of the USA Today Sports Media Group. A print issue is distributed monthly, while a digital issue is distributed weekly. The website offers daily coverage of golf at all levels.
“With the Golfweek acquisition by USA TODAY Sports Media Group, we now reach one of the largest golf audiences in the industry,” says Patrick Leahy, the Associate Publisher of Golfweek and Vice President of Revenue for USA TODAY Golf. “Our Golfweek.com traffic has skyrocketed. We are bullish on our golf business and we’re actively investing into it.”
The Golfweek brand includes Golfweek magazine, the Golfweek Digital Network, Golfweek Mobile, Golfweek Events and Golfweek Custom Media, which is the leading producer of tournament programs across the PGA Tour, LPGA and the PGA of America. Since 1997, Golfweek has produced an annual Top 100 Modern and Classic courses rankings list from a panel of 850 evaluators rating more than 3,600 courses.
Golfweek provides comprehensive coverage of the game’s core (pro tours, colleges, amateurs, juniors). Its writers and columnists produce expert analysis, breaking news, lifestyle features, equipment evaluation, instruction tips, architecture insights, travel, destinations and real estate reviews.
“Our advertising partners love how unduplicated and highly engaged our audience is when comparing it to other traditional golf media,” Leahy says.
Golfweek also features “Golfweek’s Best,” a series of popular rankings that range from top non-private courses on a state-by-state basis to the best residential courses in the U.S. as well as the leading courses of Great Britain and Ireland.
With extensive coverage of virtually all things golf, Golfweek remains well positioned as a valuable source of information for the sport’s most hardcore fans.
The publication’s course rankings are also hugely popular throughout the industry, particularly among those facilities that are selected and able to use the lists in advertising efforts or golfers seeking to check off bucket list destinations.
Golfweek is also relatively unique in regard to the depth of its coverage of the collegiate and amateur golf ranks, making it an authoritative voice in the space.