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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

NGF Top 100 Businesses in Golf Criteria

Revenue:

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.

Influence/Clout:

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.

Prominence:

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?

Leadership:

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.

Innovation:

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?

Social Good:

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

Acushnet Company

Acushnet Holdings Corp. is the high-performance golf products company driven by two of the most revered brands in the sport – Titleist and FootJoy –…

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adidas Golf

adidas sells sports shoes, apparel, and equipment – more than 850 product units annually, all bearing its iconic three-stripe logo — in 160 countries around…

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AHEAD | Cutter & Buck

AHEAD and Cutter & Buck are sister companies, owned by Swedish-based New Wave Group AB, but the two operate completely independently from one another. They…

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American Golf

American Golf Corporation operates more than 80 premier private, resort, and public golf courses throughout the United States. American Golf’s portfolio stretches from coast to…

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Arccos Golf

Arccos is a leading provider of automatic on-course data capture and advanced analytics for golfers. The company leverages the power of data, cloud computing and…

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ARCIS Golf

Established in March 2013, privately held Arcis Golf has gone from a small start-up to one of the largest owner-and-operators of golf facilities in the U.S.…

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BASF Corp

BASF Corporation is a multinational manufacturer and supplier of basic chemicals ranging from solvents, plasticizers, and monomers to glues and electronic chemicals, as well as…

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Bayer

Bayer Environmental provides fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide solutions to keep golf course turf healthy and strong. The company’s golf products and resources make the superintendent’s…

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Billy Casper Golf

Co-founded in 1989 by 51-time PGA TOUR winner and three-time major champion Billy Casper, eponymous Billy Casper Golf (BCG) has since burgeoned its course ownership…

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Bridgestone Golf

Bridgestone Golf is a leading manufacturer of premium golf balls, clubs, and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names.  Supported globally by 900 engineers…

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BrightView

As the nation’s leading landscape services company, BrightView’s more than 20,000 team members consistently bring beautiful landscapes to life at thousands of properties, fostering collaborative…

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Bushnell Golf

Bushnell Golf has been the industry leader in Electronic Measuring Devices for more than 20 years. A subsidiary of Vista Outdoor, Bushnell Golf has promoted…

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Callaway

Callaway Golf has an unquestioned footing as one of the leading equipment manufacturers in the golf industry, with a highly visible presence both among the…

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Century Golf Partners/Arnold Palmer Golf Management

Century Golf was founded in 2005 with the model of acquiring and managing private clubs, public courses and golf resorts. Dallas-based Century currently operates 45…

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Cleveland Golf – Srixon

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…

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Club Car LLC

Founded in 1958, Club Car, a subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand Plc, has been one of the most respected names in the golf industry for 60 years…

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Club Champion

With 36 nationwide locations open by Spring 2018, Club Champion offers premium club-fitting services for the leading equipment brands in golf. In addition to fittings…

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Club Glove USA

Renowned as the producer of the number one luggage on the PGA Tour, Club Glove USA offers a variety of lightweight and heavy-duty gear—golf travel…

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ClubCorp USA

ClubCorp USA holds a dominant place in its field, as the industry leader in the world of private club management. Founded by Robert Dedman Sr.…

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Cobra/Puma

Cobra Puma Golf is a leading manufacturer of innovative, game-changing golf equipment, along with stylish, high-performance golf apparel, footwear and accessories. Cobra Golf was founded…

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CourseCo Management Company

The largest course management and development company in golf-laden Northern California, CourseCo has 26 public access facilities in its portfolio, along with three private clubs.…

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DICK’S Sporting Goods/Golf Galaxy

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc., offers a broad assortment of high quality, brand name sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear, at more than…

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ECCO USA

ECCO USA, Inc. has grown into one of the world’s foremost premium golf shoe brands, handcrafting each shoe at company-owned factories using premium leathers produced…

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EZLinks

EZLinks is a leading developer of golf course technology, originally starting as the sport’s first third-party tee time network before partnering with the PGA TOUR…

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FST / KBS

KBS is the fastest growing and most innovative steel shaft brand in the industry. Since its release in 2008, over 150 professionals across the PGA,…

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Fujikura Composites America

Fujikura has been a leader in the golf shaft industry since 1995, when it introduced the iconic Speeder, and is a primary supplier of custom…

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Full Swing Golf

Full Swing is an industry leader in cutting edge golf simulator technology, providing an accurate and truly realistic indoor golf experience. The company’s simulators, which…

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GCSAA

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is the professional association for almost 18,000 member men and women who manage and maintain the sport’s most…

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Global Value Commerce/Globalgolf.com

Founded in 2001, Global Value Commerce has brought structure and stability to how golf equipment is bought, sold, and traded online at fair market value.…

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Golf Channel / GolfNow

Arnold Palmer is often credited as the visionary behind Golf Channel, and it was his dogged and influential support that made it a reality. But…

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Golf Digest/Golf World

Founded in 1950, Golf Digest was purchased by Conde Nast in 2001. With a circulation of 1.6 million, it describes itself as the largest golf…

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GOLF GENIUS

Golf Genius Software’s mission is to provide golf professionals with the best tournament management system in the industry. The company’s mantra is less work (for…

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GOLF Magazine

Founded in 1959, GOLF Magazine has been among the most successful publications in the sport, providing in-depth content on professional golfers, instruction, equipment, travel and…

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Golf Pride

Eaton’s Golf Pride is the world’s largest manufacturer of golf grips, with sales and distribution facilities on six continents. Golf Pride is consistently identified as…

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GOLFTEC

GOLFTEC is one of the fastest growing, most successful companies in the golf industry — the world’s leader in golf lessons and instruction. Founded in…

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Golfweek/USA Today

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…

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GreatLIFE

GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness introduced the low-cost membership model to the private club market in the Midwest, and has flourished doing so. GreatLIFE today counts…

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Greg Norman Company

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,…

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Hunter Irrigation

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…

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Imperial Headwear

Imperial Headwear has been a prominent player in the space since the company’s founding in 1916, billing itself as the leading manufacturer of premium and…

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John Deere

Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has provided products and services to those linked to the land. That started with plows for farmers and…

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Jonas Club Software

Jonas Club Software delivers software, communication and service worldwide to over 2,300 clubs in more than 17 countries. Clubs with memberships ranging from 100 to…

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KemperSports

Founded in 1978 by James Kemper, Jr. and Steven H. Lesnik, KemperSports is a family-owned management company with over 6,500 employees. The company’s prolific course…

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Lamkin

Like many great businesses, Lamkin Grips began in a garage. The company was started in 1925 when Elver Lamkin started crafting leather grips in the…

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Landscapes Unlimited

For more than 40 years, Landscapes Unlimited has been dedicated to attracting, hiring and developing the most talented people in the golf course industry, then…

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LPGA

Founded in 1950, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women and has a diverse and storied membership…

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Marriott Golf

Marriott Golf manages 55 courses in 15 countries across five continents, offering almost 1,000 holes of championship golf for Marriott International lodging brands, including The…

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Mitsubishi-Aldila

Mitsubishi Chemical/Graphite Shafts (MCA Golf) and Aldila are among the world’s biggest manufacturers of carbon-based composite shafts and now operate – at least within the…

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Mizuno USA

Mizuno is primarily involved in baseball and golf in the United States, but the company also has a presence in soccer, running, tennis, beach volleyball,…

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Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

Long before the advent of the Internet, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday was successfully promoting the 60-mile stretch of South Carolina golf courses, resorts and beaches…

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National Golf Course Owners Association

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…

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Nicklaus Companies

For almost 50 years, Jack Nicklaus has brought the same passion, experience and excellence to the Nicklaus Companies that he did during his competitive career,…

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Nike Golf

Nike, with its signature swoosh, remains one of the top golf apparel companies in the United States. The company’s clothing side of the golf business…

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Nippon Shaft

Nippon Shaft Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of golf shafts. Founded in Yokohama, Japan, in 1959, the company has distributed both in that country…

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Nivel

Nivel Parts and Manufacturing began as a Cushman dealership in Miami, Florida, in 1968 and has since become North America’s largest provider of golf car…

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Oakley

As a subsidiary of Luxottica Group, an Italian eyewear company, Oakley designs, develops and manufactures equipment and apparel for all types of athletes, including a…

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OB Sports

OB Sports is one of the top 10 golf management companies in the U.S. and boasts more than four decades of experience in the golf…

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Par Aide

For more than 60 years, Par Aide has been providing superior golf course accessories, including tee markers, flags, cups, rakes, maintenance equipment, practice-area products and…

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Peter Millar

Founded in 2001 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Peter Millar line of fine clothing and accessories has emerged as a world class brand — whether…

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PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, comprised of almost 29,000 men and women golf Professionals who are recognized experts…

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PGA TOUR

The PGA TOUR is the world’s biggest, richest and most powerful platform in professional golf, a $2 billion business that oversees far more than the…

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PGA Tour Superstore

PGA TOUR Superstore, founded in 2004, stands as one of the biggest retailers in golf, with 31 locations in 14 states. All stores are staffed…

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PING

PING’s equipment focus in golf is almost strictly clubs, from drivers to putters, and has long been one of the top-selling club manufacturers in the…

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Polo Golf

With a focus on the needs of the modern player but still rooted in the design tradition of Ralph Lauren, Polo Golf combines performance wear…

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Prestwick Golf Group

Prestwick Golf Group is a leading manufacturer of golf course furnishings, with an extensive product line that ranges from bag stands, waste bins and cooler…

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PrideSports

PrideSports is known in the industry as “the manufacturer of golf’s essentials,” providing some of the most ubiquitous and widely-used components in the sport. While…

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Primera, Inc.

Primera is a nationwide business cooperative that has a dedicated focus on the golf and turf & ornamental markets. Co-ops like Primera were created to…

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PXG

Parsons Xtreme Golf, better known as PXG, is the high-end golf club company founded in 2014 by billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons, the man…

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R&R Products

Founded in 1971 by Roy H. Rogers, family-owned and run R&R Products is among the world’s leading manufacturers of replacement parts for the turf and…

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Rain Bird

Rain Bird Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, with a significant presence in the golf industry. Since 1933,…

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Ship Sticks

Ship Sticks has been transporting golf bags and minimizing travel headaches for golfers since 2011. The West Palm Beach, Florida, company allows users to coordinate…

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SiteOne Landscape Supply

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…

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Standard Golf

Founded in 1910 as a local farm equipment manufacturer in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Standard Golf Company is the world’s oldest continually-operated manufacturer and marketer of…

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Summit Golf Brands

Summit Golf Brands is a collection of successful apparel and accessories companies, including Fairway & Greene, Zero Restriction, EP Sport and B. Draddy, that was…

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Sun Mountain

For more than 35 years, Sun Mountain has been an innovator in the golf industry, creating the lightweight golf bag, the golf stand bag and…

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Syngenta

Syngenta is a global agriculture company with more than 28,000 employees in over 90 countries. The company has also been a market leader in the…

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TaylorMade

TaylorMade Golf has been one of golf’s leading manufacturers of high performance equipment for almost four decades. The Carlsbad, California-based company was instrumental in ushering…

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Textron Golf

Textron Golf is the umbrella under which Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. markets and sells its portfolio of equipment and services for the golf industry, including…

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TGR – Tiger Woods Ventures

Tiger Woods has undeniably become a brand of his own in the golf world and it’s difficult to dispute that any other individual has had…

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TGW (The Golf Warehouse)

One of the world’s first online golf retailers, TGW is aptly-considered a pioneer in the Internet sales game. Founded in 1998, the company began with…

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The First Tee

The First Tee has been golf’s most influential youth development program over the past two decades, offering both golf and life lessons to kids. The…

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Toll Brothers Golf

Toll Brothers is one of the nation’s leading builders of golf course residential property. Founded in 1967, award-winning Toll Brothers, Inc. is a publicly-traded Fortune…

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Topgolf

Topgolf, which operates golf entertainment centers that target golfers and non-golfers alike, is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. They are the driving…

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Toro

A leading worldwide provider of turf, landscape and construction equipment, as well as irrigation and outdoor lighting systems, Toro helps customers maintain golf courses, sports…

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Touchstone Golf

Touchstone Golf is a recognized leader in the golf industry, providing comprehensive management services and strategic planning to golf course owners. Touchstone manages and provides…

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Tour Edge

In 1985, David Glod founded Tour Edge with a primary focus in mind—to offer customers high-quality and technologically advanced products for prices that are as…

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TrackMan

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…

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Troon

Since beginning with one facility – Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona – in 1990, Troon has evolved into the largest third-party manager of golf and…

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True Temper

True Temper Sports Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets golf shafts, selling to both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket entities worldwide. The Memphis-based company employs more…

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Trump Golf

Trump Golf is one of the sectors of Donald Trump’s vast development empire that the President has been most passionate about over the years. The…

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U.S. Kids Golf

U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is the world’s leading provider of youth golf equipment and also coordinates more than 1,000 junior tournaments every year around the…

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Under Armour

Founded in 1996, Kevin Plank’s Under Armour entered the golf apparel market in the early 2000s, signing its first PGA Tour player, Hunter Mahan, in…

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USGA

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…

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UST Mamiya

A subsidiary of Mamiya-OP (Tokyo, Japan), UST Mamiya was established in 1991 producing golf shafts for recreational and competitive golfers worldwide. The company was known…

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Volvik

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).…

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Wadsworth Golf Construction Company

Founded in 1958, Wadsworth Golf Construction Company over the past six decades has been an integral part of more than 900 golf course projects, including…

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Wilson Golf

One of the world’s most iconic sporting brands, Wilson has been in business since 1914 and today has staff and offices in more than 100…

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Winn

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.…

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Worldwide Golf Shops

Among the country’s largest discount golf equipment retailers, Worldwide Golf Shops owns and operates 82 brick-and-mortar locations across 20 states and six regional chains. The…

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Yamaha Golf Car

The Yamaha Golf-Car Company has been headquartered in Newnan, Georgia, since 1988 and manufactures golf cars, utility and specialty vehicles in the industry. Yamaha is…

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