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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

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Golf Around the World

Based on research from the NGF’s definitive international facility database, the R&A’s biennial Golf Around the World Report is back and counts golf courses in 206 of the world’s 251 countries — with more than 38,000 courses globally.

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Course Supply Leveling Out

NGF’s database team has seen a notable supply-based drop during the first half of 2021. Could this be the year golf course supply in the U.S. levels out?

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June 2021 National Rounds Played Report

In the first real test of the sustainability of the 2020 summer surge, June 2021 rounds were essentially equal to June of last year.

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April Rounds Surge 81% YOY, Stay In Line With Pre-Pandemic Average

While April’s rounds this year are obviously up dramatically due to last year’s course shutdowns, here’s how they compare to the pre-pandemic numbers.

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March 2021 National Rounds Played

National rounds played for March 2021 were up an estimated 45% over the same period a year ago, when the coronavirus first started impacting golf operations throughout the U.S. 

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Golf Travel Shows Signs of Roaring Back

Limitations on golf trips in 2020 have created a bottled-up demand to return to golf travel. NGF surveyed golfers and resort operators to quantify the interest.

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February Rounds Down; Indicators Still Good

February’s decline in play was the first notable year-over-year drop in rounds (outside of last year’s course-shutdown period) since May of 2019.

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January 2021 National Rounds Played

Golf’s on-course momentum from 2020 carried into 2021, with January rounds up 21% nationwide. 

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Golf Under the Lights

NGF research shows that 50% of golfers express some interest in playing golf at night. Could a lighted course be an option for some operators?

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What’s Ahead for ‘Zealous’ Golfers?

About 20% of the Core golfer population really upped their engagement in 2020. Can that continue? And who might take this group’s place in 2021?

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