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Retirees Save the Day for These Course Maintenance Staffs

While the age 60-and-over set has traditionally served as starters or marshals at the golf course, this demographic is filling a vital maintenance need for part-time and seasonal work at facilities in the Midwest and beyond.

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Golf Uses Less Water Than You Think

What percentage of water used for irrigation in the U.S. goes to golf courses? The answer might surprise.
Here’s what the golf industry has done to further reduce golf’s water usage, increase efficiency and incorporate innovative technologies.

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Driving Revenues with New Approaches

With the success of Topgolf and the increasing consumption of golf in non-traditional formats, many golf course operators are seeking ways to re-create the atmosphere and excitement that these off-course venues provide. Here’s a closer look inside one example that’s engaging more customers while beefing up the bottom line.

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NGF Releases 2018 Golf Participation and Facility Reports

A month after the release of the new Golf Industry Report, the NGF has issued the 2018 editions of Golf Participation in the U.S. and Golf Facilities in the U.S. are now available for download.

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The Emergency Nine

Twilight tee times and the discounted green fees that go along are evidently in high demand. We’ve been hearing from operators that afternoon slots are selling like hotcakes. Seems many work-from-home golfers have shifted their hours to begin earlier in the morning (we hope) so that they can tee off later in the afternoon. I…

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Tracking New Golfers

It’s been two months since we reached fully-operational status at golf courses and the effects continue to ripple. Among our more recent inquiries, perhaps none has been more popular than the impacts on beginners, returners and youth. Are we seeing a swell? The short answer is yes. Analysis of our monthly national participation data reveals…

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Momentum

The first returns for golf’s post-crackdown are in and looking pretty good. The May rounds report from Golf Datatech showed play was up more than 6% nationally. While this isn’t as positive as some had hoped given reports from operators about new faces and full tee sheets, it’s moving in the right direction. Given the…

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Equipment bouncing back, golf travel still grounded

Hello again from Jupiter, FL, where the population noticeably dropped the past couple weeks as all of our resident touring professionals left for Columbus. NGF’s OEM shipment reports for June are hot off the presses and GOOD NEWS: wholesale sales of clubs were up over 30% in dollars year-over-year while golf balls saw a bump…

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