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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

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June Shows Momentum in Key Golf Markets

Initial data regarding play for June continues to be very positive in key golf markets across the country as the industry seeks to offset the loss of 20 million rounds in March and April.

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What Golf Operators Are Saying About June ‘Surge’

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.

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Breaking News on Golf and the Coronavirus

A repository of coronavirus-related breaking golf news from states and communities around the country.

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D.C. Municipal Golf: New Lease, New Life?

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.

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Tracking the COVID-19 Effect on Rounds

Using Sagacity Golf data, we take a deeper, data-driven look at engagement in several key golf markets, comparing 2020 weekly rounds volume to the same period over the previous three years.

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LumpCo Pop-Up Tour: A Minnesota Exemplar

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.”

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The GIR Podcast – NGF’s Greg Nathan

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.

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94% of Golf Retail Stores Are Open

Almost 16 million square feet of golf retail space is now open to customers — both pro shops and off-course specialty retail stores.

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Golfers, Courses See Uptick in May Play

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.

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The Story Behind ‘The Photo’

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.

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