Renovation

A Texas Muni Back from the Brink

Rockwood Park appeared headed for the same fate as two other Fort Worth municipal golf courses that closed, with no significant capital improvements over its 80-year history and deteriorating conditions that led to declines in revenue and rounds-played. Today, a $5 million renovation project is paying off — both for the city and golfers in the community.

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NGF’s 2019 Golf Facilities Report

The NGF’s annual Facilities Report provides a comprehensive overview of golf facility supply in the U.S., the world’s best-supplied golf market.

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Inside an $11 Million Maui Makeover

Maui’s Plantation Course is shutting down for a nine-month renovation in February. In the short term, the Kapalua Resort will lose out on almost 30,000 rounds, approximately $8 million in playing fees and even more in retail and food & beverage revenue. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process at one of the flagship public facilities in the Troon Golf portfolio.

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The ROI on Course Renovations

The biggest form of investment for golf facilities over the past decade — and particularly since the Great Recession — has been course restorations and renovations. So, just what are these properties seeing in return?

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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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