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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

August 2021

October 2021 National Rounds Played Report

October rounds for 2021 come close to matching the strong national momentum from the previous year

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Amid Beginner Influx, Where Are the Introductory Golf Programs for Adults?

There have been a record number of beginning golfers the past two years, yet when one thinks of introductory programs, the tendency is to think of the industry’s many junior initiatives. But the reality is that almost 75% of beginning golfers are adults. That begs the question of where are all the adult-specific beginner programs?

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New Normal or Old Normal?

Whether golfer demand or equipment sales, trends suggest a return to where the golf industry was pre-financial crisis of 2007–08 rather than a “new normal”

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Play It Forward – Ten Years Later

NGF’s recent survey of Core golfers indicated 73% recalled Tee It Forward, but a much smaller percentage actually moved up in recent years. Here’s what they found, and what’s keeping others from moving forward a tee.

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August 2021 National Rounds Played Report

August rounds were slightly down nationwide compared to last year’s summer surges, as expected.

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Golf Around the World

Based on research from the NGF’s definitive international facility database, the R&A’s biennial Golf Around the World Report is back and counts golf courses in 206 of the world’s 251 countries — with more than 38,000 courses globally.

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Tiger’s Long Tale

Tiger Woods has had a profound impact on the golf business. But how quickly was it felt? On the 25th anniversary of his turning pro, here’s a look at how suddenly his influence took root.

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July 2021 National Rounds Played Report

Rounds played continued to see strong momentum during July even though year-over-year play was actually down compared to last year’s pandemic-fueled summer surge.

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