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Golf Industry Facts

23.8 Million

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

8.3 Million

people played exclusively off-course.

456 Million

rounds of golf played. An average of over 19 rounds per golfer.


total golf facilities.

14.9 Million

non-golfers are very interested in playing golf. Up 16.4% versus 2016.

2.6 Million

people played golf for the first time in 2017. An all-time high.

97.6 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.

Looking for a specific course or business? Search our database.


The Q – The only publication for everyone interested in the business of golf

Inside an $11 Million Maui Makeover

In February, the Kapalua Resort’s iconic Plantation Course – the one that hosts the PGA TOUR’s winner’s-only event each January – will shut down for nine months to undergo a…

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From Tequila to Golf Balls

Ed Brown’s father introduced him to golf at the age of 5 or 6 and he immediately fell in love with the game. He even tried playing the game professionally,…

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NGF Research Snapshot: How Old Are Your Golf Clubs?

  As a New Year begins, many equipment manufacturers start releasing their newest lines of golf clubs. The Q’s latest NGF research snapshot graphic finds that 32% of the 23.8…

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Weather to Play

Last year’s weather picture was not a pretty one. Above average rainfall in the Midwest and Northeast. Wildfires in the West. Volcanic explosions in Hawaii. Record rainfall totals in Florida,…

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November 2018 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for November 2018 dropped 18.8% nationally compared to a year ago as four of eight geographic regions had precipitation levels surge more than 200% during the month…

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Golf’s New Courses for 2019

The start of a new year is a time for optimism and an opportunity to look forward to what’s to come in the months ahead. Within the golf world, the…

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David Pillsbury – ClubCorp CEO

David Pillsbury has been busy since taking over as CEO of ClubCorp in June 2018. In November, the world’s biggest private club operator introduced ClubLife Management, a comprehensive management services…

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Parlaying Passion Into a Golf Career

(Joe Assell is the co-founder and CEO of GOLFTEC, the world’s leader in golf lessons and instruction. Assell is this month’s industry contributor for The Q, sharing insights on how…

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Millennials in Golf – as Business Owners

When Chris Solomon co-founded the popular golf blog No Laying Up in 2014, the goal was simple: it’d be cool to get a few free rounds out of it. Almost…

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October 2018 National Rounds Played

    Rounds of golf for October 2018 dropped 10.3% compared to a year ago as average temperatures dipped in many of the major golf regions, including in parts of…

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We’re Not Only Golf’s Go-To Source for Data and Research

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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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:


"Following the recent report that the golf industry drove $84.1 billion in economic activity in the United States in 2016, an increase of 22.1 percent since 2011, the National Golf Foundation offered more modestly encouraging numbers about the health of the game with Tuesday’s release of its annual Golf Industry Report..."

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"But the scope of the overall golf economy – a $70 billion business -- runs far deeper.

It’s why the National Golf Foundation has released its inaugural listcelebrating the top 100 businesses in golf, a platform that in some ways is the golf biz equivalent of the popular top 100 course rankings. The NGF GOLF 100 was created by the NGF to recognize the most successful, innovative and influential companies and organizations in the game, across a wide variety of categories..."

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"...According to a report from the National Golf Foundation, roughly 51% of Topgolf guests in 2017 were people who had never played traditional golf.

Of these non-golfers, 75% said they were interested in playing traditional golf after visiting a Topgolf location..."

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