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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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Delaware, Facilities, Facility Supply, Golf Courses, Golf Courses by State, Golf Facilities, Supply,

Delaware Golf Supply Snapshot

The PGA TOUR's 2022 BMW Championship is being held at Wilmington Country Club. Did you know Delaware has the second-fewest golf courses of any state in the U.S., with 43 at 38 facilities. Only Alaska has fewer, with 21 courses. Two-thirds of Delaware's courses are public: 24 daily fee and five municipal. The other 14 are at private clubs, like Wilmington CC.

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Facilities, Facility Supply, Golf Courses, Golf Courses by State, Golf Facilities, Supply, Tennessee,

Tennessee Golf Supply Snapshot

Tennessee was the host state for the first PGA TOUR playoff event in 2022: the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind. The golf course is one of 275 in the state of Tennessee, ranking it 21st nationally in total supply. For context, that's twice the number of Walmart stores (the nation's leading retailer) in the state. Almost 75% of Tennessee's courses are public, in line with the national average: 139 daily fee and 63 municipal. There are another 73 courses at private clubs, like TPC Southwind.

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Facilities, Facility operations, Golf Courses, golfers, Participation, Rounds Played,

U.S. Rounds Played – YOY Changes

Halfway through 2022, rounds of golf at U.S. courses were down about 6% compared to a year ago, per the June National Rounds Played Report from Golf Datatech, which incorporates facility-level data supplied by NGF. But it's important to note that this decline follows a 14% spike in play in 2020 -- almost entirely driven by second-half surges after courses were allowed to resume operations -- and another 5.5% rise last year. In 2021, there were more rounds of golf played at U.S. courses than ever before. So, while there's a midyear decline when looking at the YOY numbers, 2022 play continues to trend well ...

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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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