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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

January 2018

The NGF’s Inaugural Top 100 Businesses in Golf: from Acushnet to Yamaha

The NGF GOLF 100 was created to recognize and celebrate the most successful, influential and innovative companies, organizations and associations in golf.

6 min read

Getting a Grip on Golf’s $2.6 Billion Equipment Industry

There are 22 club, shaft, grip and ball companies in the NGF GOLF 100, the most representatives of any sector.

5 min read

Simulated Golf, Real Results: Off-Course Participation Helps Drive Engagement

Indoor golf on simulators can be quicker, less intimidating for newcomers, and embraces the desire of some to stay connected to the world at large.

5 min read

December 2017 National Rounds Played

Overall national rounds-played were down 2.7% for 2017, which is consistent with average weather-related fluctuation of approximately 2% to 3%. Here are the national rounds-played figures through December.

1 min read

Editor’s Letter: Welcome to The Q

Welcome to the first of the many questions asked and answered by The Q: What is it and why is the NGF introducing it? It’s a simple answer with deep roots.

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Teed Up With… David Abeles

David Abeles, CEO of TaylorMade, talks about his time in the golf industry, the state of the equipment market and serving on the NGF’s Board of Directors.

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NGF Releases Free White Paper – Direct to Consumer Marketing for the Golf Business

The National Golf Foundation recently published a free white paper entitled Direct to Consumer Marketing for the Golf Business that shares strategies and best practices for direct marketing.

2 min read

NGF Research: A New Year Brings New Opportunities (and Resolutions) for Golfers

The New Year comes with the promise of new opportunities for golfers.

2 min read

Professional Course Management: Growing Market has Ample ‘White Space’

The number of U.S. golf facilities working with professional management companies has increased from 10.6 percent in 2006 to about 16 percent currently.

5 min read

Joe Louis Barrow Jr. Reflects on 18 Years as CEO of The First Tee

After a successful 18-year tenure as CEO of The First Tee, Joe Barrow pens a good-bye letter to the golf industry.

4 min read

The ‘Q’uestion

The PGA Tour opened up the year with back-to-back tournaments in Hawaii. So how many courses are in the Aloha State and which islands have the most?

1 min read

November 2017 National Golf Rounds Played

While winter months account for a smaller percentage of total annual rounds, they can influence the annual, year-to-date figure. Here are national rounds-played through November 2017.

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