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The Pulse of the Golf Consumer

April 11, 2024 The Pulse of the Golf Consumer

As the unofficial kickoff for the golf season, Masters Tournament week is an ideal time to take (and report on) the pulse of the golf consumer. More than 123 million Americans consumed golf in some fashion in 2023, a reach that’s up significantly in recent years.

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Which Way is Municipal Golf Going?

March 28, 2024

Municipal golf is not facing an existential threat. In fact, it surprises some to learn that the number of municipal courses nationwide has actually increased over the last decade. This gain stands in contrast to broader U.S. supply reductions and the challenges ‘muni golf’ encounters in some areas.

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How Does Golf in Your State Stack Up?

March 14, 2024

Every U.S. state aside from Alaska has more than 40 golf courses, and almost two-thirds have at least 175. Florida has the most by a long shot; how many countries have more? Which well-supplied state has the highest proportion of public golf? Which state has the most golfers per public course — and thus the fiercest competition for tee times?

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Golf Supply Update: More Openings, Fewer Closings

February 29, 2024

Golf course closures last year came in at their lowest figure in almost two decades, resulting in less than a 1% reduction in overall U.S. supply. Here’s a bit more context, as the closure of golf courses is a topic of frequent interest… and frequent misinterpretation.

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New NGF Survey: Core Golfers

Golf's best customers weigh in on 2024 plans to play, travel and spend
April 11, 2024

The approximately 13 million Core Golfers in the U.S. represent about half of on-course participants but account for over 90% of annual play and spend. These are the consumers really move the needle in the golf business when it comes to play, spend and overall engagement. 

Is Golf Really Experiencing a ‘Munissance’?

Numbers to know - from openings and closings to conversions and resurrections
March 28, 2024

Municipal golf is in a unique place. On one hand, there are high-profile examples of popular muni facilities on the proverbial chopping block due to land values. On the other, there are well-backed efforts to preserve and restore some of the game’s most historic properties. Municipal facilities are typically where golf is most affordable and accessible to people of all demographics, and there’s greater attention on their impact today given the sport’s renaissance.

February 2024 National Rounds Played

Rounds rebound after slow start to the year in January
March 25, 2024

On a national level, February was the third-warmest on record. More than a dozen states had one of their three-warmest Februarys ever, particularly in parts of the Midwest that typically see golf courses still closed over the first few months of the year.

New Supply & Demand Reports for All 50 U.S. States

This state is #1 for public golf... and it's not Florida or California
March 14, 2024

Want to know more about the number of golfers in a particular state, or the proportion of public to private golf? Looking for information about municipal golf facilities, Par 3 courses, residential golf properties or resorts? NGF’s 1-page state profiles provide key supply and demand data at your fingertips.

New Golf Facilities in the U.S. Report Now Available

Get the full accounting on U.S. golf courses and facilities through year-end 2023
February 29, 2024

The newest member reports on golf supply in the U.S. are now available, including a comprehensive 46-page dive into the world’s best supplied-golf market. As a complement to this annual report is a one-page summary overview of golf facility supply in the U.S. Click here to access and download.

Par 3’s Have Record Representation Among 2023 Openings

Assessing golf's short course movement
February 29, 2024

Par 3 courses are increasingly common among new course openings, especially relative to their standing in overall supply.


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