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The NGF’s reports and publications are free to members, providing information and intel to make better-informed decisions. Browse our catalog, from annual reports on participation and golf course supply to more focused reports on key golfer segments and business categories.

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Golf Industry Facts

24.2 Million

people played on a golf course. Roughly 8% of the U.S. Population

9.3 Million

people played exclusively off-course.

434 Million

rounds of golf played. An average of almost 18 rounds per golfer.

14,613

total golf facilities.

14.7 Million

non-golfers are very interested in playing golf. Up 15% over the past two years.

2.6 Million

people played golf for the first time in 2018. Matching 2017 as an all-time high.

107 Million

total reach (played, watched or read about golf). Nearly a third of the U.S. population.

$3.9 Billion

in annual fundraising through local, regional and national charitable events.

Golf by State

Explore golf’s geographic footprint through our interactive map to learn how many courses and golf-related businesses are in each state.

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Q&A: Golfballs.com Founder and CEO Tom Cox

Over the past 25 years, Tom Cox has grown Golfballs.com from a startup that sold used golf balls found in lakes to a world leader in the online sale of…

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Don’t Miss NGF’s Complimentary PGA Show Seminars

If you’re looking to take your business to the next level in 2020 and be better informed about the industry overall, be sure to attend these complimentary seminars hosted by…

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Introducing ‘The International 25’

The ‘International 25’ is an extension of the NGF’s recognition of the top businesses and organizations in golf, further demonstrating the size and scope of the industry. On this list…

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10 Top Golf Course Openings for 2020

One of the many beauties of the game of golf is that every playing field, every canvas, is different. From seaside links and mountainside layouts to classic parkland designs, there’s…

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The NGF’s Top 100 Businesses in Golf — New For 2020

The start of a new decade brings the second installment of the National Golf Foundation’s Top 100 Businesses in Golf initiative, an effort that highlights the vitality, size and diversity…

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Sizing Up Golf’s $2.9 Billion Club and Ball Market

The equipment industry is the most commercially visible sector in golf, thanks to clubs and balls from major manufacturers found in millions of golf bags around the country, not to…

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NGF Research Snapshot: Family Golf

  While golf can be a solitary game, golfers play with family or friends more often than not. Approximately two-thirds of golfers say they played golf on a course with…

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November 2019 National Rounds Played

    Rounds of golf for November 2019 rose 9.8% nationally compared to a year ago thanks to significantly less precipitation in six of eight geographic regions, with more favorable…

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Is CBD Gaining a Foothold in Golf Retail?

Golf is the game of a lifetime, with participants playing into their Golden Years and beyond. It’s also a game of imperfection, which is why even the best golfers are…

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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…

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We Also Provide a Wide Variety of Specialized Services to Help Businesses Compete More Effectively

From e-mail and database marketing to custom research and course-operations consulting, businesses throughout the industry engage the NGF’s team of professional analysts and advisors for personalized solutions. Find out how we can help you.

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Custom Research

The NGF custom research team designs and executes qualitative and quantitative research studies to answer specific client questions.  How is my brand perceived vs. competition? What’s the appeal of a new product idea – and how can it be optimized? Who’s my best customer target?

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Market & Account Analytics

With nearly 15,000 golf facilities in the US, no company has the staff or resources to chase every sales opportunity.  And while it may be easy to identify the biggest green grass accounts and the iconic venues across the US, it becomes much more challenging to prioritize the next tiers – how to target and allocate limited business development resources.

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Facility Consulting

NGF’s facility consulting division has been providing advisory services to golf course owners, prospective owners, lenders and a broad spectrum of other clients for over 30 years. The NGF Consulting practice covers all areas of golf facility businesses and we provide services to public and private golf facilities, driving ranges, alternative golf facilities and other “specialty” golf facilities.

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Syndicated Services

Syndicated research may require cooperation among competitors, sharing sensitive company information with NGF which is aggregated and reported back – without compromising individual company data.  NGF is a trusted partner with many of the leading brands in golf, enabling these syndicated solutions.

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Email & Database Marketing

Expert direct marketing services to help companies acquire new customers, compete more effectively and generate more revenue.

The Most Reliable Source for Golf Industry Information

The NGF’s proprietary data and research is regularly cited by national news organizations in stories that highlight the health and vitality of the golf industry. See the latest buzz: