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10 Top Golf Course Openings for 2020

Around 200 golf courses were under construction worldwide in 2019. Here are 10 top layouts set to open this year that might have an impact on the $21 billion golf travel market.

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Course Openings That Bucked the Trend

It’s undeniable there have been more golf course closures than openings in the U.S. over the past 13 years. But do you realize that more than 720 golf courses have opened around the country during that period? That total, during what’s looked at as a “down period” for the industry, is more than the entire golf course supply in nations such as Scotland, Ireland, Spain and South Africa.

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New Golf Courses for 2019

A new year is a time for optimism and to look forward to what’s to come in the months ahead. The NGF’s facility database shows at least 18 U.S. facilities are scheduled to open either 9- or 18-hole courses this year. Here are some of the notable openings scheduled for 2019.

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Destination Golf

In an era when land is becoming increasingly valuable near major metropolitan centers, many golfers are eager to get off the beaten path to find great golf. Here’s a look at how some of these destination properties have found success.

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Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle Talks New Augusta Venue Concept

Topgolf CEO Dolf Berle discusses the company’s new one-floor venue concept that will debut in Augusta during Masters week, including what prompted the approach and how it will impact engagement in the golf industry.

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December 2019 National Rounds Played

Rounds of golf for December 2019 rose 8.3% nationally compared to a year ago, putting the year-end rounds played total at +1.5%.

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Talking ‘Golf Biz’ at the PGA Show

Quick question: are there more McDonald’s, Starbucks or golf courses worldwide? NGF’s Greg Nathan gives that answer and more in this Golf Channel appearance, discussing the golf business and golf travel alongside Ship Sticks CEO Nick Coleman.

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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 customized golf products – most notably, new golf balls. Golfballs.com now exceeds $33 million in annual sales, with 80% of its business customized in some way.

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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.

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