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Midyear Update: Worldwide Golf Course Development

July 18, 2024 Midyear Update: Worldwide Golf Course Development

There are hundreds of new golf courses in varying stages of development around the world, with over half of those in the pipeline within the U.S. So, which other countries are especially active in the world of golf course construction?

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Understanding Golf’s Biggest Failure (or Opportunity)

July 8, 2024

The past four years have been historically strong for the U.S. golf industry, with a net gain of more than 2.3 million on-course golfers since 2020. But what if we told you almost 10 times as many people turned or returned to golf over that time?

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Mid-Year Update: Retail & Equipment

June 20, 2024

The midway point of the year — on the heels of a dramatic U.S. Open and Father’s Day holiday, and during the peak of the golf season — is a good time to detail how golf equipment sales, retail and the broader appetite for golf goods is trending across the industry.

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Women & Girls Fueling Golf’s Growth

June 6, 2024

June is Women’s Golf Month and an appropriate time to note that some of the most significant golfer gains in recent years have been among female participants. A near record number of women and girls played golf on a course in 2023, the highest participation levels in the U.S. since 2006.

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Contextualizing 2024’s Course Closures

Taking a closer look at mid-year supply changes - stocks & flows
July 18, 2024

New course development is up fairly significantly, but midyear course closures continue to outpace openings. Here is some added context on the “why” behind inevitable course shutdowns in the U.S. market.

How to Plug Golf’s “Leaky Bucket”

Key learnings on the golfer journey from Introduction to Commitment
July 8, 2024

When tracking the beginner to Committed golfer pathway, many of the things that predict successful “conversion” are relatively low incidence. Why is this?

May 2024 National Rounds Played

National rounds continue to track ahead of 2023's record pace
June 26, 2024

For the second straight month, play was relatively flat in May on a national level. Rounds continue to run slightly ahead of last year’s record pace heading into the peak months of the golf season.

New Off-Course Retail Report Now Available

Member report details recent gains in golf retail sector
June 20, 2024

NGF’s annual update on off-course golf retail store supply in the U.S. through 2023 tracks the changes in the number of doors and square footage of regional/independent and national retailers.

Female Participation & Engagement Report Now Available

See the highlights from NGF's new member report
June 6, 2024

The recent positive momentum in the world of female golf participation hasn’t just been pandemic-fueled. The overall participant pool — when factoring both on- and off-course forms of the game — has risen 85% over the past decade, with nearly 15 million women and girls now playing golf in one of its increasingly various forms.

April 2024 National Rounds Played

Regional mix as YOY play remains relatively flat in April
May 24, 2024

After a significant increase in March rounds, April play was relatively flat on a national level compared to 2023 as several golf-rich regions of the country saw slight dips that are likely attributable to weather.


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