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NGF’s reports and publications are free to members, providing data and intel to make better-informed decisions. Browse our catalog, from annual reports on participation and golf course supply to more focused reports on key golfer segments and business categories.

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2020 Golf Industry Report

Golf Industry Report

The Golf Industry Report compiles many of the…

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Rounds Played Summary

The National Rounds Played Summary provides an overview…

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Golf Instruction Report

An inside look at the $1 billion golf…

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Off-Course Golf Specialty Retail

NGF’s annual update on off-course golf retail store…

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Summary of Golf Participation in the U.S.

This one-page summary of consumer engagement in golf…

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Golf Participation in the U.S.

The NGF has surveyed Americans regarding golf participation…

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Summary of Golf Facilities in the U.S.

This one-page summary includes a look at golf…

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Golf Facilities in the U.S.

This comprehensive report provides an overview of golf…

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NGF Reads

The $9 Billion Market Under Golfers’ Feet

By Guy Cipriano | February 15, 2018

The essentials needed for course preparation add up to big business. It’s why 18 turf and course suppliers can be found among the NGF GOLF 100.

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Professional Course Management: Growing Market has Ample ‘White Space’

By Tom Mackin | January 12, 2018

The number of U.S. golf facilities working with professional management companies has increased from 10.6 percent in 2006 to about 16 percent currently.

NGF Research: A New Year Brings New Opportunities (and Resolutions) for Golfers

By Erik Matuszewski | January 12, 2018

The New Year comes with the promise of new opportunities for golfers.

The Odds of Becoming a Junior Golfer and the Influence of a Parent Who Plays

By Ted Eleftheriou | November 20, 2017

Tony Finau had a 1-in-250 chance of becoming a golfer. Not a pro, but even playing the game at all. Here’s why.

In the Pipeline: What’s New and Next for U.S. Golf Courses Under Construction

By Ted Eleftheriou | October 17, 2017

There are places in this world where the length of the journey is quickly overshadowed by the reward of the destination.

When Golf Course Closures are Driven by Higher and Better Uses

By Erik Matuszewski | August 20, 2017

As the supply and demand of golf courses continues to self-balance, some owners are taking advantage of the current real estate market—by choosing to sell.

How Golf Leagues Create ‘Appointment Golf’ and Boost the Bottom Line

By Erik Matuszewski | August 20, 2017

The Pirate League has transformed Monday nights at Goat Hill Park in California.

Golf in China: Setting the Record Straight

By Erik Matuszewski | May 10, 2017

The doom‑and‑gloom situation reported about golf in China isn’t necessarily the case.

NGF’s 2017 Participation Report

By Erik Matuszewski | April 17, 2017

Engagement with golf is evolving. It’s why the NGF introduced new measures to better gauge participation.

GolfTEC’s Trajectory Shows Improving Golfer Is the Best Customer

By Ted Eleftheriou | April 10, 2017

Joe Assell, the founder and CEO of GolfTEC, reads the stories that paint a picture of doom and gloom in the golf industry and shakes his head. “If golf is dying, I hope it stays like this because it’s going great for us,” he said.