NGF Top 100 Businesses in Golf Criteria
An evaluation of a company's revenue or earnings -- in the overall industry or their particular sector -- based on information acquired through industry executives, quarterly earnings, reliable third-party data such as Dun & Bradstreet reports, or the NGF's best estimation.
This is a subjective measure of how much influence, importance or overall clout the particular company has throughout the golf industry.
Contribution To The Growth & Vitality Of The Game:
An assessment of what a company/organization is doing to help grow the game and foster golf's overall vitality. This metric is a cornerstone of the NGF's mission.
This focuses on how prominent or well-known a company, business or organization is within the entire golf industry. Is it a household name? How much does the company, brand or organization stand out?
Growth Rate & Success:
What is the overall trajectory of the company? Is it successful enough to continue growing and expanding?
Is this particular company or organization a leader or trailblazer in its category? This is looking at a specific segment rather than the industry as a whole.
Has the company or organization introduced something – an idea, method, device or technology – that’s new and different? Have they offered an original application or a solution that meets existing market needs?
Does the company or organization do something or produce a product that benefits the general public, or make noteworthy contributions to charities or the collective societal good? Is there a benefit to the environment in a meaningful way?
NGF Top 100 Businesses in Golf
Accordia Golf owns and.or operates more than 160 golf courses and driving ranges in Japan, the world’s No. 2 golf market.
Acushnet Holdings Corp. is a high-performance golf products company driven by two of the most revered brands in the sport – Titleist and FootJoy – and also counts Vokey Design, Scotty Cameron, Pinnacle, Links & Kings, Kjus and PG Golf under its umbrella.
adidas Golf has a prominent industry presence in both apparel and footwear, and has sponsorship deals with marquee players including major champions Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia as well as a growing host of young stars. Other pro golfers on the adidas roster include Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Daniel Berger and Joaquin Niemann,…
American Golf is Europe’s largest golf retailer, with 99 stores in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and a strong online presence.
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is regarded as one of the premier junior golf associations in the world — a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.
The ASGCA is comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout North America, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering professionalism, supporting golf design excellence, helping grow the game, and expanding opportunities to help association members better serve their clients.
Aquatrols is a world leader in the development of cutting-edge soil surfactants and other specialty technologies that maximize the use of water and inputs in the golf industry as well as in the agricultural, professional turfgrass, and horticultural markets.
Arccos is a leading provider of automatic on-course data capture and advanced analytics, helping golfers of all abilities make smarter decisions about club selection, bag composition, practice regimens and on-course strategy.
Privately held Arcis Golf is one of the largest owner-operators of golf facilities in the U.S., with a collection of 65 private clubs, resort-style properties and daily fee courses in 14 states from coast to coast.
Baroness is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing for golf course equipment, with a very strong presence in Asia and particularly its home country of Japan. The company started in 1910, originally producing equipment for silk growers in Japan before growing and becoming nationally recognized as a turf maintenance specialty company. While global…
BASF’s products are utilized by golf course superintendents around the world to optimize course conditions. The company offers a host of solutions to combat disease, weed, and insect control – particularly with the fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides that are used to maintain any course’s conditions across all climate zones.
Bayer Environmental Science provides fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide solutions to keep golf course turf healthy and strong.
Black Knight International is the global holding company of the ever-expanding family of brands associated with Hall of Famer Gary Player, who’s recognized as the most successful international golfer of all-time. Established in 1983 by Marc Player, BKI now includes Gary Player Design, the Gary Player Invitational global series of events, Player Real Estate, The…
Bluegreen is the second-biggest golf facility operator in Europe, with almost 50 courses — all but one of which are in France — while also offering management expertise to more than 30 other European courses, primarily as a partner. In 2019, Bluegreen brought on a new CEO in Pascal Locatelli, who has 20 years of…
Bridgestone Golf is a leading manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs, and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names, supported by the company’s roots as the world’s largest tire manufacturer.
The nation’s leading landscape services country, BrightView is also an industry leader in golf course maintenance, working with 85 courses nationwide – with a goal of preserving the past and planning for the future.
Bushnell Golf has been the industry leader in electronic measuring devices on the golf course for more than 20 years.
Callaway Golf is a premium golf equipment and active lifestyle company with a portfolio of global brands and a highly visible presence both among the general golfing public and on the major professional tours.
Century Golf is an investment and management company created for the purpose of acquiring and managing equity and non-equity private clubs, resorts, and public golf courses. It currently operates 40 U.S. courses.
Cleveland Golf has been in business since 1979, but was most recently acquired by Sumitomo Rubber Industries in 2007. Cleveland-affiliated Srixon and XXIO are also housed in the SRI Sport Business brand portfolio that also includes the Dunlop brand globally in the sports category (Tennis, Squash, Badminton). SRI Sports Business itself is a unit of…
Club Car has been one of the most respected names in the golf car industry for 60 years and has expanded to commercial utility vehicles and personal-use transportation.
Club Champion has established itself as the industry leader in club-fitting and club-building, with more than 70 nationwide locations and more to come.
Club Glove USA offers a variety of lightweight and heavy-duty gear – golf travel bags, rolling duffles, carry-ons, and specialty luggage – that are highly reliable and popular among travelers and golfers alike.
ClubCorp USA in an industry leader in the world of private club management, with 145 private country clubs in its portfolio.
ClubLink is Canada’s largest owner and operator of high-quality golf courses and resort properties.
Cobra Puma Golf is a leading manufacturer of innovative, game-changing golf equipment, along with stylish, high-performance golf apparel, footwear, and accessories.
Concert Golf Partners is a boutique owner-operator of upscale private golf and country clubs nationwide, making significant all-cash investments and upgrades while changing its clubs’ business model to for-profit.
As the largest course management and development company in golf-laden Northern California, CourseCo has 35 public access facilities in its portfolio, along with two private clubs.
DICK’S Sporting Goods offers a broad assortment of high-quality, brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel, and footwear at more than 725 specialty stores across the United States. In 2006, the company acquired Golf Galaxy, Inc., a golf-specialty retailer, which currently has almost 100 stores.
Discovery Golf has made a major splash in the golf world in a relatively short time, part of its ambitious goal to become the leading golf media platform in the world.
Drive Shack Inc. is a leading owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses, with a portfolio that includes the Drive Shack golf entertainment venues as well as long-established golf course operator American Golf.
ECCO has grown into one of the world’s foremost premium golf shoe brands, building its success on great design and leather quality, and innovative technology.
The First Tee has been golf’s most influential youth development program for more than two decades, using the platform of golf to offer character education and long-term life skills to kids and teenagers.
Fujikura Composite America has been a leader in the golf shaft industry since 1995, when it introduced the iconic Speeder to the PGA TOUR, and is a primary supplier of custom golf shafts to many original equipment manufacturers.
Full Swing is an industry leader in cutting-edge simulator technology, providing the most accurate and truly realistic indoor golf experience, and boasts partnerships with industry heavyweights such as the PGA TOUR, Topgolf, Golf Channel and Tiger Woods.
Gallus Golf is an industry leader in course branded mobile golf app software, helping golf course operators enhance the golfer experience and create better engagement with customers and members through technology.
Galvin Green has emerged as an industry leader for technical and functional golf apparel made to withstand all weather conditions.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is the professional association for more than 18,000 men and women members who manage and maintain the game’s most valuable resource: the golf course.
Founded in 2001, Global Value Commerce, Inc. (GVC) is a technology and e-commerce solutions provider, secondary market expert, and owner/operator of one of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms for pre-owned golf equipment and new golf gear.
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada, which is home to the third-most courses of any country in the world.
Golf Channel features more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, with over 500 million viewers in more than 70 countries. It also owns GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time reservation platform.
Golf Digest Online (GDO), Inc. is the largest golf business in Japan, the world’s second-largest golf market.
Golf Genius’s cloud-based software managed approximately 21 million rounds of golf — providing both tournament management and handicapping solutions — over the past 12 months to private golf clubs, public courses, resorts and associations in over 40 countries.
Since its inception in 1959, GOLF Magazine has been among the most successful publications in the industry, providing in-depth content on professional golfers, instruction, equipment, travel and the best courses in the world.
Golf Pride is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with sales and distribution facilities on six continents, and is consistently identified as the number one choice of golf grips among recreational golfers, Tour players, and club manufacturers alike.
Golf Tourism Solutions (GTS) has been at the forefront of golf destination marketing for decades, having evolved from Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. In that role, the organization has developed specific marketing and execution strategies in the golf industry, while amassing the skill sets and assets of a media company. Golf Tourism Solutions today provides a…
Golf Town is the biggest golf retailer in the world’s third-largest golf market, with almost 50 locations stretching from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.
Golfballs.com has grown into a world leader in online golf ball and equipment sales, with a strong focus on customized products.
GOLFTEC is the world leader in golf lessons and club fitting. Founded in 1995, GOLFTEC has become one of the fastest growing and most successful companies in the golf industry.
Golfweek has been among the most authentic and authoritative voices in golf for more than four decades, delivering consistent and comprehensive coverage of the game.
GOLFZON is a global leader in the golf simulator industry, with 30,000 simulators in 62 countries worldwide.
GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club introduced the low-cost membership model to the private club market in the Midwest, and has flourished doing so. GreatLIFE today counts more than 50 facilities under management, up from 17 in 2012.
Founded by Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, the Greg Norman Company is a global private corporation that features an extremely diverse portfolio of companies, all of which bear the iconic Great White Shark logo.
Based in Tokyo, Honma is a premium golf club manufacturer as well as a classic sports lifestyle brand, with products sold in 60 countries worldwide but primarily in Asia.
From tee to green, Hunter Industries has been a global irrigation leader for more than 35 years, developing innovative technology and infrastructure to create a revolutionary new class of golf course irrigation solutions.
Founded in 1916, Imperial Headwear is a leading manufacturer of premium quality headwear, apparel, and accessories for the golf market.
Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has provided products and services to those linked to the land. That includes covering the golf industry from tee to green, with an extensive portfolio of mowers, bunker rakes, aerators, tractors, utility vehicles, and sprayers.
Jonas Club Software is one of the most widely used club management software providers in the golf industry.
KemperSports is one of the most prolific management companies in the golf industry, operating more than 120 courses, including 70 that are open to public play.
Lamkin is a family-owned business that delivers one of the industry’s widest assortments of performance-enhancing golf grips, offerings that have earned a loyal worldwide customer base.
Landscapes is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the golf course investment, third-party management, and construction and irrigation sectors of the market.
LebanonTurf provides products for the golf and landscape industries, and is an industry leader in producing advanced technology fertilizers, grass seed and biological products.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, founded in 1950 and growing from its roots as a playing tour into a nonprofit organization involved in every facet of golf.
One of the world’s premiere golf operators, Marriott Golf manages 45 courses in 13 countries across six continents.
Mitsubishi Chemical/Graphite Shafts (MCA Golf) and Aldila are among the world’s biggest manufacturers of carbon-based composite shafts and operate – at least within the United States – out of the same headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
The Mission Hills Group started with the focus of “golf and more,” and helped promote the game to a Chinese population of more than 1 billion by building two of the world’s biggest golf facilities, with 22 courses in total. Mission Hills Shenzhen is the biggest, with twelve 18-hole courses all designed by different architects,…
Mizuno has been making and selling golf equipment since 1933 and its U.S. product offerings run the gamut — from woods, irons and wedges to gloves and bags.
The National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management, providing information and education to owners and operators, while also serving as an advocate for their best interests.
The Nicklaus Companies encompass a wide variety of services dedicated to golf, but that also transcend the game. This ranges from course design to partnering on the development of world-class communities to apparel, equipment, instruction, and the licensing of lifestyle products, including a Jack Nicklaus-branded ice cream.
Golf is among the smallest categories at Nike – the world’s largest supplier and manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel – yet the division still produces hundreds of million of dollars in revenue.
Nippon Shaft Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of golf shafts. Founded in Yokohama, Japan, in 1959, the company has distributed in that country, as well as internationally, to original equipment manufacturers and clubmakers since. Considered an international company, its North American headquarters are currently based in Carlsbad, California. A subsidiary of automotive parts maker…
Nufarm is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of seeds and crop protection solutions, finding effective ways to fight disease, weeds and pests for more than 100 years. As a leading supplier to golf courses, Nufarm’s Turf and Ornamental team delivers a portfolio of products meeting the value, efficacy, and innovation demanded by…
Oakley designs, develops and manufactures equipment and apparel for all types of athletes, including a prominent place within the golf industry.
Pacific Golf Management is the leading management company in the world’s second-biggest golf market, owning and operating more than 140 facilities throughout Japan.
Pacific Links International is an international membership network focused on avid, traveling golfers that offers reciprocal or affiliate access at more than 500 participating clubs in more than 50 countries.
For the past 65 years, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories, including tee markers, flags, cups, rakes, maintenance equipment, practice-area products and other facility-related supplies to golf courses around the world.
PBI-Gordon was one of the first companies to recognize the need for turf solutions designed specifically for golf course superintendents and today is a national leader in the professional turf and ornamental management industry.
Peter Millar has firmly established itself as a premium brand in the golf market, producing a full line of golf apparel and products.
The PGA European Tour is an organization that operates three of the leading men’s professional golf tours in Europe: the European Tour, the European Senior Tour and the developmental Challenge Tour. Headquartered in Surrey, England, the European Tour is controlled by its playing members via an elected board of directors of past and present tour…
The PGA of America is among the world’s largest sports organizations, comprised of almost 29,000 men and women golf Professionals who are recognized experts in teaching and growing the game.
The PGA TOUR is the biggest, richest and most powerful platform in professional golf — a $2 billion business that oversees far more than the tournaments and star players that fans see playing for millions of dollars in prize money every week.
PGA TOUR Superstore is one of the biggest retailers in the golf industry, with more than 40 locations in 16 states.
PING’s has long been one of the top-selling club manufacturers in the game, with an equipment focus on clubs from drivers to putters.
With a focus on the needs of the modern player, yet still rooted in the design heritage of Ralph Lauren, Polo Golf combines performance wear with tradition in order to produce apparel that travels between the course and the clubhouse with ease.
Prestwick Golf Group has been a leading manufacturer of golf property furnishings for more than 20 years, with the singular goal of helping properties enhance the overall experience for their members and guests.
PrideSports is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of wooden golf tees, plastic cleats, and cleat insert systems for the golf industry.
Primera is a nationwide business cooperative that has a dedicated focus on the golf industry, along with the turf and ornamental markets.
PXG established the niche for high-end equipment in the U.S., leveraging breakthrough technology and sophisticated manufacturing processes to differentiate from the industry’s major club makers.
Family-owned and -run R&R Products is the world’s leading manufacturer of replacement parts for the turf and commercial golf industries.
Rain Bird Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services – with a significant presence in the golf industry.
Ship Sticks has been transporting golf bags and minimizing travel headaches for golfers since 2011, creating a niche while establishing itself as a notable innovator within the industry.
SiteOne Landscape Supply is the largest – and only – national wholesale distributor of landscape supplies in the United States, with a presence in the golf industry that is robust and growing.
Standard Golf Company is the world’s oldest continually operated manufacturer and marketer of golf course accessories, providing products and services for golf course superintendents, pro shops, and driving ranges.
Summit Golf Brands designs and sources high-end golf apparel and sportswear sold at country clubs and resorts around the world, including brands like Fairway & Greene, Zero Restriction and B. Draddy.
For more than 35 years, Sun Mountain has been an innovator in the golf industry, as it has created the lightweight golf bag, the golf stand bag, and integrated, molded top handles, along with a variety of patents for dual shoulder straps.
Syngenta has been a market leader in the golf industry for more than 30 years, creating innovative turf management solutions for golf courses around the world
TaylorMade Golf has been one of golf’s leading manufacturers of high performance equipment for just over four decades, incorporating industry-moving innovation in its latest product lines.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. manufactures and sells equipment and services for the golf industry under several of its most well-known brands, including E-Z-GO, Cushman, Jacobsen and TFM.
TGR is a unified corporate structure that oversees all of Tiger Woods’ existing businesses as well as those still in planning or those to come in the future.
TGW is pioneer in the industry, as one of the world’s first online golf retailers and now the largest golf retailer that markets exclusively via the internet.
Formed in 2004, the R&A’s mission is to engage in and support activities undertaken to benefit the game. Although it derives its name from the membership club, it is separate and distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Thor Guard is a world leader in lightning prediction and warning systems, committed to utilized emerging technologies in the development of systems that provide automatic notification of hazardous weather conditions — on golf courses and beyond.
Topgolf is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, operating new-age golf entertainment centers that target golfers and non-golfers alike.
Toro is the largest player in golf’s turf care category, with about one-third of its $3.1 billion business connected to the golf industry.
Touchstone Golf is a recognized leader in the golf industry, as it offers comprehensive management services and strategic planning to golf course owners in 11 states.
Tour Edge was founded more than 30 years ago with a primary focus in mind — to offer customers high-quality and technologically advanced products as cutting edge as they were affordable. Today, Tour Edge is a Top 10 manufacturer in every club category.
TrackMan is among the most noteworthy recent technological advances in golf, providing the ability to analyze a ball’s flight via a wireless monitor. The radar-based tool returns the most accurate impact conditions in the industry, measuring a multitude of putting and full swing data points, including clubhead speed, launch angle, face angle and smash factor….
Troon is the largest golf management company in the world, providing services at more than 465 locations in 45 states and 33 countries.
TRUE Sports, formerly known as True Temper Sports, designs, manufactures, and markets golf shafts, selling to both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket entities worldwide.
The organization is one of the most globally recognized brands in luxury golf properties, owning and operating 19 properties around the world.
U.S. Kids Golf is the leading junior golf company in the world, designing and manufacturing three lines of golf equipment for kids, while hosting more than 1,600 tournaments each year.
French-based UGOLF, owned by the real estate company Groupe Duval, is the largest management company in Europe.
Under Armour is a leading inventor, marketer and distributor of branded performance athletic apparel, footwear and accessories, with an active golf involvement.
The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf, and has been committed to the best interests of the game since its founding more than 120 years ago in 1894.
UST Mamiya has been manufacturing innovative graphite golf shafts for recreational and competitive golfers worldwide since it was founded in 1991 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Founded in 1980, Volvik Inc is a South Korean-based golf ball manufacturer that distributes widely in the United States via Volvik USA (founded in 2012) and is one of the most popular golf balls in the Asian golf market.
Wadsworth Golf Construction Company is an industry leader, having built over 750 golf courses in 44 states over the past six decades while restoring or renovating hundreds more.
Renowned as one of the world’s most iconic sporting brands, Wilson Golf designs, manufactures, and distributes premium and recreational golf equipment throughout the world.
Winn is the first manufacturer to bring premium polymer grips to golf, mirroring its efforts in pioneering grips for fishing rods, tennis rackets, and bicycles.
Among the country’s largest golf equipment retailers, Worldwide Golf Shops owns and operates more than 80 brick-and-mortar specialty stores across 18 states and six regional chains.