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November 2021 National Rounds Played Report






November saw the most significant year-over-year decline in nationwide rounds-played, in large part because of colder weather in well-supplied northern parts of the country than…







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Three Types of Golfers






The definition of golfer has evolved in recent years to provide a broader view of the overall consumer base. Golf participation, too, is evolving. There…







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Image of teacher Maggie Hartman, PGA, working with participants at a Welcome2Golf class at Commonground Golf Course in Colorado.






Welcome2Golf and Industry Opportunity






Welcome2Golf is NGF’s effort to introduce adult non-golfers to the game of golf and improve the beginner experience to convert more newcomers into committed golfers. After all, almost 75% of the record 3 million+ beginners each of the past two years are 18 or older.







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Military Golf in the U.S.






Lee Trevino had wins big and small during his Hall of Fame playing career, but when asked about the trophy that meant the most to him, he cited the silver bowl he was awarded as a member of The Marine Corps. That trophy, which his wife even went to the trouble of refurbishing, was the prize for winning the 1959 Okinawa Chamber of Commerce Open over the sand greens at Awase Meadows while stationed at Middle Camp Fuji in Yokohama, Japan.

In more recent years, Tiger Woods cut his teeth at Navy Golf Course in Cypress, California, Paula Creamer was introduced …

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Beginners and Professional Instruction






Beginning golfers receive professional golf instruction almost as frequently as they get swing tips or advice from friends or family members. However, there’s a significant…







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