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Facilities, Golf Entertainment, Golf Facilities, Off-course golf, Off-course participation, Participation,

Off-Course Golf Facility Growth

The growth of off-course golf has been dramatic in a relatively short period of time. Since the year Phil Mickelson won his second Masters title (2006), the number of off-course golf facilities has exploded. The accompanying graphic reflects U.S. locations for golf entertainment venues such as Topgolf, Drive Shack, Big Shots, etc., as well as indoor simulator-related businesses such as XGolf, Five Iron Golf, Golfzon, etc. As with the early growth of green grass golf facilities,  off-course development is primarily located around populous major metropolitan areas.

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Economy, Facilities, Facility operations, Management, Research,

Facility Health Update

Golf operators indicate the financial health of their facilities is significantly better now than pre-pandemic. A September 2022 study revealed a dramatic rise since 2020 in the proportion of facilities reporting to be in good or excellent financial health. Two-thirds of U.S. public courses rated their overall financial health as 8, 9 or 10 on a scale of 0-to-10, while private clubs posted even better scores -- with 80% giving themselves the same rating of 8 to 10.

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Facilities, Golf Courses, Research, Rounds Played,

Geographic Impact on 2022 Rounds

After a slower start to 2022 from a play perspective -- rounds were down about 10% YOY at the end of April -- the summer months yielded a notable recovery. The early-season lag was due in large part to unfavorable golf weather in well-supplied regions like the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, where spring rounds took a bit of a hit. At the end of August, rounds trailed 2021's record pace by only 2.6%. And as this graphic indicates, the northernmost parts of the U.S. are lagging more than the generally sunnier south -- evidence of the weather toll and slower ...

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Facilities, Facility operations, Facility Supply, Golf Courses, Golf Facilities, Management, Management Company,

MCO vs Self-Managed Comparisons

The accompanying chart details the similarities and differences between self-managed golf facilities and those that are working with third-party management companies. While a slightly higher proportion of municipal and private facilities work with MCOs than compared to overall supply, the biggest differences are in price point and course length. As the data table indicates, it would be much more likely to find a 18-hole course with a green fee above $70 that works with a third-party management company than a value-priced 9-hole facility.

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Facilities, Facility operations, Facility Supply, Golf Courses, Management, Management Company, Municipal Golf, Private Clubs,

10-Yr Changes in MCO Categories

More daily fee courses work with third-party management companies than the other facility types because they comprise 56% of overall U.S. supply. But as the number of daily fee facilities has dwindled over the past decade, so to has the number of daily fee facilities working with MCOs. Meanwhile, the number of private clubs and municipal courses that enlist third-party management help has increased over the same 10-year period. Municipal golf has seen the biggest increase, as overall supply has increased slightly, while private facilities under outside management has also climbed despite a drop in overall supply.  

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The growth of off-course golf has been dramatic in a relatively short period of time. Since the year Phil Mickelson won his second Masters title (2006), the number of off-course golf facilities has exploded. The accompanying graphic reflects U.S. locations for golf entertainment venues such as Topgolf, Drive Shack, Big Shots, etc., as well as indoor simulator-related businesses such as XGolf, Five Iron Golf, Golfzon, etc. As with the early growth of green grass golf facilities,  off-course development is primarily located around populous major metropolitan areas.

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