Golf’s Big Investment

May 12, 2022 Golf’s Big Investment

For anyone who suggests the relatively limited number of new course openings in recent years speaks to golf’s overall health and points to limited investment in the game, the research tells a far different story.

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Golf Travel ‘Ready to Take Off?’

April 28, 2022

Indications are that the overall travel industry has hit an inflection point and is primed for a big summer. So what about golf travel, a $20 billion business in the U.S.?

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Is Golf Coming Up Short?

April 14, 2022

Are we really in the midst of a short course movement in golf? Yes. And no…

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A Boom in Beginners

March 31, 2022

Over the past two years, as the coronavirus pandemic has gripped the U.S., the number of beginning golfers has been higher than it was back when Tiger Woods was at his most dominant.

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U.S. Golf Facility Investments Total Nearly $1.8B Annually

Spend is almost split between public and private, but share is not
May 12, 2022

Beyond the exciting (but limited) number of new golf courses we read about, the real industry investment is in upgrades, improvements, renovations and restorations at existing facilities. And it’s significant.

Golf Destinations Anticipate Strong Travel Season

Heightened demand, eagerness to hit the road again, and Canadian golfers return
May 1, 2022

After some understandable limitations on golf travel the past two years, particularly in 2020 after the initial coronavirus outbreak, indications are that golf travel in the U.S. is poised for a strong season. 

Overview: Golf’s $20B U.S. Travel Market

NGF member benefit: one-page report on traveling golfers and golf resorts
April 28, 2022

Want to know how many traveling golfers there are in the U.S. or which state has the most golf resorts? Look no further.

A Longer Look at Short Course Supply

While new Par 3 courses grab attention, has overall supply been increasing?
April 14, 2022

Short courses have accounted for over 1/4 of new course development over the past decade – a number of highly-visible examples at resort properties – despite accounting for 10% of overall supply.

Record Beginners: Opportunities and Obstacles

"I find when all I do is return a phone call, they're shocked"
March 31, 2022

A record 6.2 million beginners have taken up golf in the U.S. over the past two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall participation has grown over that time, but not nearly to that extent.

February 2022 National Rounds Played

NJ, NY and PA see increased play after Nor'Easter effect in Feb 2021
March 23, 2022

Buoyed by strong play totals in the South and parts of the Northeast, February 2022 rounds rose on a national level compared to the year prior.


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