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How State Executive Orders Are Affecting Golf

A growing number of states (and counties) have either instructed residents to stay at home except for non-essential outings or mandated the shutdown of all businesses not deemed essential during a crisis. The rules on what is considered “essential” varies from state-to-state — from governmental services, law enforcement and emergency services to grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, utilities and even golf courses, which in a number of cases are given an exemption.

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NGF Research Snapshot: Par 3 Courses

This infographic examines how many par 3 courses there are in the U.S., which states have the most and highlights other commonalities that give them appeal with golfers of all skill levels and ability.

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Short and Sweet: Par 3 Golf Courses

Del Ratcliffe fully appreciates the benefits of a Par 3 golf course. He grew up playing one his father built in 1960 on a farm about 10 to 15 miles outside of downtown Charlotte. Today, Ratcliffe owns or operates five facilities in the Charlotte area – four of which feature a Par 3 layout of some fashion.

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Wet, But Not So Wild

Rounds played in the U.S. were up 1.5% last year despite the second-wettest year on record. Here’s what some operators in different parts of the country experienced.

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10 Top Golf Course Openings for 2020

Around 200 golf courses were under construction worldwide in 2019. Here are 10 top layouts set to open this year that might have an impact on the $21 billion golf travel market.

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Bringing Winter Sports to the Golf Course

Winter means the end of golf season in a large swath of the country. But courses in the regions that see snow and frigid temperatures don’t all go unoccupied during cold months. See why.

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Nine New Golf Courses from 2019

While investment in the U.S. golf market is focused almost entirely on golf course renovations and restorations, a limited number of new courses are being built. Here’s a closer look at some layouts that debuted in 2019.

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How A Montana Muni Created a Year-Round Draw

An obstacle turned into an opportunity for this Montana municipal course, which re-imagined its clubhouse to create year-round revenue and engage the local community.

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Saved From the Chopping Block

In an era when golf course closures far outweigh new openings – a market correction that’s the result of oversupply in the industry coupled with a strong demand for real estate — here’s a look at facilities that have escaped the chopping block. From the posh Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip to a 9-hole layout in Nebraska that costs just $9 to walk on weekdays.

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Here’s Why the NFL’s Carolina Panthers Bought a Golf Course

The Carolina Panthers have an agreement to buy a public golf course near the new headquarters they’re planning in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The NFL team envisions the 1997 Hale Irwin design not as just a team amenity, but an opportunity to create stronger ties with the local community.

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