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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Course Management

The course management side of the golf business continues to grow, with the number of golf courses in the United States working with third-party management companies increasing from 10.6 percent in 2006 to almost 16 percent today. That figure is estimated by some in the industry to surpass 20 percent of all golf facilities by 2020.

There are more than 230 companies with at least two golf facilities under management and 76 percent of those manage less than five facilities. Together, these businesses have in excess of 2,130 properties under management, including 10 companies with 40 or more courses in their portfolio.

In total, 13 management companies claimed a spot in the inaugural NGF GOLF 100.

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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Arcis Golf

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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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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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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