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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

May 2018

NGF Issues 2018 Golf Industry Report

The National Golf Foundation’s Golf Industry Report consolidates many of the game’s key data points in a single publication and is intended to provide the most holistic view of the business of golf and the health of the game to stakeholders and the media.

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Golf Participation: Opportunity Knocks

In some ways, golf looks much as it did 20 to 25 years ago. The game is also different in many respects and participation is evolving. NGF President Joe Beditz weighs in on the changing face of golf, Millennials in the sport and generational risk.

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A Bay Area Public Golf Gem Emerges

The Bay Area of San Francisco is known for its exclusive private golf options and premium public facilities. In Bayland Golf Links, the area is finally getting the high-quality, affordable public option it has needed. NGF Consulting gives an inside look at a special municipal course rebirth.

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Straying Off-Course with Golf Participation

Golf remains one of the most popular U.S. participation sports and the number of green-grass players was 23.8 million last year. Like many forms of entertainment, however, the traditional game continues to evolve given the demands like work and family. It’s why off-course participation is growing.

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Q&A – NGF Symposium Edition

As many of the golf industry’s leaders and top executives gathered in Dallas earlier this month for the NGF’s annual Business Symposium, The Q took the opportunity to ask a few attendees two questions — one about the game and the second about their business experiences.

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The ‘Q’uestion

NGF research shows that the number of “non-golfers” who say they’re very interested in playing golf on a golf course increased to a record-high 14.9 million in 2017. In taking a closer look at this vital latent demand category, how many of these people actually have some previous golf experience?

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Tim Finchem Receives NGF Graffis Award

Longtime PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem received the 2018 Graffis Award for golf business leadership and contributions to the growth of the game.

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How Golf Grew to an $84.1 Billion Industry

Golf directly drove $84.1 billion in economic activity across the U.S. in 2016, according to a study commissioned by the World Golf Foundation. The findings reflect a 22% increase from $68.8 billion in 2011.

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March 2018 National Rounds Played

March rounds-played were down 3.8% across the U.S., bringing the national, year-to-date total to -5.6% compared to a year ago.

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