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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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


The golf landscape is diverse indeed, necessitating a catch-all miscellaneous category for businesses that don’t necessarily fall into a specific bucket.

Some companies have essentially created their own niche within the industry while others have grown into corporations with a varied portfolio of interests that run from course design to innovative technologies and consumer products.

There are club-fitters, instructional companies, golf course builders and construction companies, and a true pioneer in the field of golf travel and tourism. Also featured among the 11 noteworthy businesses in the miscellaneous category is perhaps the golf industry’s fastest-growing company, one that has helped shape the golf-entertainment market and redefine the sport’s participation measures.

Black Knight International

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…

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Club Champion

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.

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Drive Shack Inc. / American Golf

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.

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Golf Tourism Solutions

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,…

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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.

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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, all of which bear the iconic Great White Shark logo.

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Nicklaus Companies

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.

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Pacific Links International

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.

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Ship Sticks

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. 

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TGR – Tiger Woods Ventures

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.

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Thor Guard

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.

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Topgolf is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, operating new-age golf entertainment centers that target golfers and non-golfers alike.

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Wadsworth Golf Construction Company

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.

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