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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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

Golf Courses

U.S. Facility Financial Health Update

In 2009 and 2016, roughly a quarter of U.S. public golf courses admitted to being in bad shape, financially. The NGF has re-examined the subject of facility health amid the turbulence of 2020 and here’s where things stand now, among both public and private courses.

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After September Surge, Rounds +8.7% Year-to-Date

September saw the biggest monthly jump in rounds all year, up almost 26% versus a year ago, moving the industry to +9% nationally over a year ago.

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Forrest Richardson is New ASGCA President

Forrest Richardson is the new president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), promoting continued creativity and innovation in creating alternative course formats.

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July 2020 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf were up almost 20% nationwide in July, helping the industry continue its comeback after losing 20 million spring rounds due to the coronavirus. Entering August, play was up 3% year-over-year.

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9-Hole Play Is Up During Pandemic

Whether its core golfers or occasional, nine-hole rounds of golf are up during the pandemic. See just how much.

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An Intersection of Two National Pastimes: Baseball and Golf

As MLB moves forward with its abbreviated 60-game season, it got us to thinking — which MLB stadium has the most golf courses within a 5-mile radius (as the crow flies)? After all, the vast majority of stadiums are built close to major metropolitan areas, which usually also have a wealth of golf options.

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Can Summer Surge Offset 20 Million Lost Spring Rounds?

The uptick in May and June play has improved the industry’s long-term prospects of recovering from the approximately 20 million rounds lost in March and April.

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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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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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20 Million Lost Rounds?

The coronavirus and associated shutdowns slowed a strong start to the year, resulting in the loss of as many as 20 million spring rounds. Can they be recouped?

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