Consumer Confidence on the Rise: Time for Golf to Plan for Success
Closed Golf Courses – What Happens After the Final Shot Is Played?
Second Annual NGF Municipal Golf Institute – September 3-6, 2013
April 2013 Rounds Played Report
Commitment to Golf: An Alternative Look at Segmenting Golfers
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Creating a Positive Culture and Employee Loyalty
by Pete Davison
It is commonly recognized that creating a positive culture at a facility leads to energized and productive employees, a high level of loyalty, and low turnover.
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Plan for the Future
by Tom Marzolf
Any homeowner knows the international economic woes of recent years have placed premiums on basic property upkeep. Paint jobs, siding, landscaping and basic maintenance have all taken a backseat. The same can happen at golf courses.
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Consumer Confidence on the Rise: Time for Golf to Plan for Success
 
Consumer Confidence on the Rise: Time for Golf to Plan for Success

With consumer confidence on the rise, is it time for the golf industry to lose the recessionary mindset and become more bullish on the prospect for increasing sales? With consumer confidence up, stock prices soaring, and home sales on the rise, the outlook for the U.S. economy is optimistic.  But what’s been happening in the golf industry?  Outside of the decrease in rounds played that can be primarily attributed to poor weather, most of the signs are positive.

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Closed Golf Courses – What Happens After the Final Shot Is Played?
 
Closed Golf Courses – What Happens After the Final Shot Is Played?

The NGF Domestic Golf Facilities Database reveals that more than 1,400 golf facilities (some with multiple courses) have closed their doors permanently since 2001, part of a natural supply correction. When we put the number of facility closures in perspective, the magnitude is far from alarming. In fact, the net change in supply is actually up by more than 120 18-hole equivalent golf courses since 2001.

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Second Annual NGF Municipal Golf Institute – September 3-6, 2013
 
Second Annual NGF Municipal Golf Institute – September 3-6, 2013
The National Golf Foundation (NGF) will hold the 2nd annual Municipal Golf Institute on Sep 3-6 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV. This national educational forum is designed to help municipal golf course operators improve their bottom lines, and to assist public officials that oversee these golf courses as they engage the community in issues such as taxpayer funding of operating deficits and whether municipalities should be competing against private enterprise.
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ROUNDS PLAYED REPORT
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April 2013 Rounds Played Report
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Commitment to Golf: An Alternative Look at Segmenting Golfers
 
Commitment to Golf: An Alternative Look at Segmenting Golfers
The currently accepted view of the golfing population, conceived by NGF in the mid-1980s, splits golfers into two groups – those who play less than 8 times a year (Occasional Golfers) and those who play more than 8 times (Core Golfers). Recently, we began to think that there might be a better way to segment golfers – by their commitment to the game, as opposed to their frequency of play.
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