The early returns for golf’s post-crackdown are in, with rounds up more than 6% nationally in May. Here’s a look at what course operators are seeing and experiencing in June from a participation and engagement standpoint.
In a significant boost for public golf in Washington D.C., the National Links Trust (NLT) has been selected to negotiate a long-term lease for the three municipal facilities in the nation’s capital with backing from architects Tom Doak, Gil Hanse and Beau Welling, developer Mike Keiser and Troon Golf.
At 6-foot-6 and about 280 pounds, Mark Haugejorde chuckles at the use of the word “nimble” to describe his efforts in making youth golf tournaments a successful reality amid the pandemic. “Nimble isn’t the word most people would use around me,” says Haugejorde. “But in business it’s what we’ve done.”
On the latest episode of the Golf Industry Roundtable podcast, NGF’s Greg Nathan shares how the organization was founded during a similar time of uncertainty, and how that may bode well for the game’s future.
In May, 88% of surveyed courses indicated that their rounds-played for the month was the same or higher than normal for this time of year. Among core golfers, 96% say they planned to play as much or more often than usual.
Mike Ehrmann was also one of the select golf “fans” on site for the recent TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event at Seminole Golf Club. The Getty photographer was also responsible for perhaps the most iconic image of professional golf during the coronavirus era. Here’s how it happened.