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NGF posts 2012 golf facilities data

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Report: 48 18-hole courses under development in the South Atlantic region; 18 states have course openings.

| March 5, 2013

The National Golf Foundation is proud to announce the release of Golf Facilities in the U.S. – 2013 Edition on March 8, 2013.  This report, which is free for NGF members, is NGF's annual tally of U.S. golf course development and total golf supply.  It includes the number of golf course openings and closures in 2012, as well as the number currently in planning and under construction. The nation's total supply of daily fee, municipal, private clubs, and resorts are shown by state and region.
 
Per the report, NGF’s total facility count at the end of 2012 stood at 15,619.  The current number of 18-hole equivalents (18HEQ) is 14,671.5 (less than the number of total facilities due to the large number of stand-alone 9-holers).
 
In 2012, NGF also tracked 13.5 (18HEQ) golf course openings versus 154.5 closures, for a net negative of 141, the seventh consecutive year that closures have outpaced openings.  The total net reduction of 499.5 18-hole equivalents from 2006-2012 represents roughly 3.3% of the total supply in peak year 2004.  NGF also counted 199 courses (18HEQ) in development (either under construction, in planning, or proposed projects) in 2012.
 
Other details found in NGF’s Golf Facilities in the U.S. – 2013 Edition include:
•    There are 241,326 Regulation golf holes in the U.S.
•    Just over 25% of all the golf facilities in the U.S. are Private.
•    There were course openings in 18 states.
•    The South Atlantic region has the most courses in development with 48 (18HEQ) courses under construction, in planning or proposed.
•    States with the most supply are Florida, California, New York, Michigan, and Texas.
 
The Golf Facilities in the U.S. – 2013 Edition will be available March 8, 2013 online at www.ngf.org.  NGF members can download the report for free.  The price for non-members is $200.
 
For more information please contact Marc Blatchley at NGF – (561) 354-1628.

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